The Old Mutual Hwange Colliery Company (HCC) sports day, a strategy by the coal mining giant of using sport as a tool to console its employees following the tragic events of the 1972 Kamandama Mine disaster, will be held on Friday.
The mine catastrophe killed 427 miners following an underground methane gas explosion on 6 June 1972, resulted in the countrya��s worst mining tragedy in history.
a�?The games came into being after the Kamandama Mine Disaster of 1972 where organisations such as Old Mutual in partnership with RM Insurance and Cabs initiated a sports day as a way of consoling the community from their loss.
Since then, Old Mutual has been bankrolling this event. The games are spread out across 10 disciplines that include badminton, basketball, bowling, darts, golf, squash, tennis, netball, mena��s and ladiesa�� soccer,a�? said HCC corporate affairs manager Rugare Dobhie.
The sporting event will be spread across the companya��s vast sporting facilities and is aimed at getting employees to bond and promote social cohesion for better productivity.
Old Mutual executives as well as HCCa��s senior management are expected to grace the official prize giving ceremony that will be held at the Colliery Club on Friday.
Despite the sports day event the company continues to channel resources towards development of sports within its community and also boasts of one of the oldest football clubs in the country who are currently playing in the Southern Region Division One League following their demotion from the topflight league at the end of 2017.