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Challenge lives up to billing

Mohalenyane Phakela

THE fifth edition of the annual Corporate Challenge which was held under the Shaaapa! tagline lived up to its billing, attracting 110 teams of 550 people from different companies around the country to participate in various activities at Maseru Mall on Friday

Organised by Sky Adventures, the Corporate Challenge was first held in 2013 as a team building exercise to promote healthy lifestyle among corporates from different companies through through various activities.

It is designed to disrupt the usual office routines and promote fitness, health and networking opportunities among corporates in a relaxed environment. It started as a cycling challenge with participating companies forming teams of five each to cycle around the Maseru Mall building before more challenges were added over the years.

And on Friday, all the teams had to complete the obstacle challenge which included five six-foot mud pits in which contestants had to jump in and out of, two mud-slides, blind-folded leg race and tyre tower which they had to climb. The teams competed in the all-male, all-female and mixed (both genders) categories.

The team with the shortest time in each category was declared the winner and members had to cross the finish line together as a team. This required members to assist each other to complete the obstacles quickly in order to reach the finish line on time. Every participant reached the finish line soaked in mud and cold-water showers were also in place for people to clean up.

Each participants was awarded a medal upon arrival at the finish line as a token of appreciation for participating, also a ‘goodie bag’, a Mofaya energy drink and fruits.

EFS Construction emerged the overall winner of the challenge by finishing the obstacle course in a record time of 15 minutes while most of the teams that were deemed to have performed well clocked 20 minutes on average. EFS got a trophy, gold medals and tickets to this year’s Ultimate Music Awards which will be held in November.

The Lesotho Times team finished in third place in the mixed category and received bronze medals. Other prizes which included champagne and DSTV Explorer decoders were awarded to people who posted about the challenge on social media and tagged Sky Adventures.

Other optional activities included the bicycle polo, tug-o-war and 5-aside football challenge.  Jam Sessions Sound DJs also ensured that the participants were kept entertained with good music.

This year the organisers teamed up with marketing outfit, Black Mix, to ensure a bigger event than before.

Corporate Challenge Event Director, Kananelo Masia, said the demand was much higher this year and this compelled them to increase the number of teams.

“We had planned to have 100 teams like before but there was a higher demand so we made room for 10 more teams, increasing the number of participants from 500 to 550 people,” Mr Masia told this publication.

“Every year we always try to make the obstacle course tougher as the more it is difficult to overcome a certain challenge, the more it requires team members to assist each other which is the main objective of fostering team work.

“Next year’s edition will be tougher than this one and the reason is to make the Corporate Challenge more interesting each year.”

The list of sponsors included Metropolitan Lesotho, Maseru Mall, Nashua, Prestige Furnitures, Sentebale Gap Funeral services, Serati outdoor advertising, specialized Insurance, Lighthouse, DSTV, Jam Sessions, EFS Construction, Mofaya Lesotho, Brand, Lesotho Times, Feline Spa, Data Deal, Sunday Express, Ultimate Radio and Office National.


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