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Our annual conference was held in Bloemfontein this year during the weekend of the 31st of January. We met with members of the Free State Cheetahs on the Friday in the Copper Clover Lounge. We were welcomed by one of their players, Oupa Mohojé, who brought out the Currie Cup and allowed us to take some photos with it. Kobus le Roux, who is the marketing manager for the Free State Cheetahs officially welcomed us to the Cheetahs family. After that Piet de Necker, who is the operations manager stressed how much they learnt from our consultants in the couple of weeks that we have been involved.

During our first morning session of the weekend we discussed general business activities and reflected on the challenges we faced as safety professionals during the previous year. At 12 we had the official signing ceremony with Harold Verster, followed by a photoshoot and the official press conference. Later that afternoon we continued with our meetings and discussed daily operational activities.

The meeting on Saturday 1st of February was held at Old Grey sports stadium where we discussed our newly developed electronic safety management system and how the system will impact safety management in the industries that we work in. We will be implementing Health and safety, Food Safety and Events Management systems at the Free State Cheetahs.

After lunch we headed to the Toyota Cheetahs Stadium. Kobus le Roux took us on a guided tour through the stadium. We were taken onto the field, shown the war room where they have all their planning sessions and visited the change rooms where we discussed Cheetahs players who play for the Springboks. It was clear that the Cheetahs are a breeding ground for excellent players.

We watched the game between the Cheetahs and the Kings from our VIP hospitality suite. As we reflect back on the weekend activities we can pride ourselves on being a part of the team and we look forward to a long working relationship with the Cheetahs.

The Free State Cheetahs hosts several events attended by large numbers of members of the public. The i-Manage Safety Events platform will manage the planning and preparation, legal compliance and monitoring of these events thereby enabling the Free State Cheetahs to continuously improve their status as a World Class Host.    

“We are fortunate to have Safe Working Practice as a partner in our business. It is very critical in our environment and specifically in attracting and hosting events like Guinness PRO14, Currie Cup finals, International Test Matches, soccer and other events,” said Harold Verster, Managing Director of the Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd.  

 “A safe working place is critical and therefore we need Safe Work Practice to assist us in this important aspect of our business.  We welcome SWP to the Cheetah Family and we’re looking forward to a great working relationship.”

Safe Working Practice is proud to be associated with the Free State Cheetahs and look forward to the journey of excellence!