In a country as diverse as South Africa, if there’s one thing that brings us together it’s a good braai! We joined in the rest of our nation to celebrate Heritage Day 2019 with a company cook-out! See more…
Before we fueled up with juicy burgers, though, we lined up for a game of ‘pro pong’ – an all-SA Oil version of beer pong! Brushing up on our company knowledge and pong skillz helped us stand a chance to snag the monthly prize – and score some points towards that end-of-year Secret Grand Prize!
‘Pro Pong’ is an SA Oil spin on the popular pub game in which players toss a ping pong ball across a table with the aim of landing it in the cup on the other end. The game comprises three opposing teams of two players with three cups set up in a triangle format on each side of the table.
The teams were Suits (the Accounts people), Mad Men (the marketing peeps) and Transporters (the logistics guys). In the team round, each of our three teams took on each other in a Round Robin format:
The rules were as follows:
At the end of the team round, Transporters were the easy winners.
In this round, the two team players from the winning team – Transporters – went head-to-head in a sudden death. The rules as follows:
Winner decided, it was time to check up on a few mails – or, more correctly, the opening match in the rugby world cup which was playing on the boardroom’s big screen – before heading outside to enjoy our traditional skottel burger braai…
In a regular day, when the deadlines are looming and the pressure’s on, there can be precious little time for bonding with colleagues, even though science says socialised unit perform better on the job. According to happiness speaker and author Alexander Kjerulf, socialising with work mates can help communication, build trust and foster collaboration. Making some time to get together to prepare and then munch our way through some delicious food under the hot African sun certainly had us interacting in the true spirit of the South African braai! Note to us: Socialise more!
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