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SUGAR: Rarawai Mill’s Team Elite Scoop Silver Award

SUGAR:  Rarawai Mill’s Team Elite Scoop Silver Award
Chief executive officer for Fiji Sugar Corporation Graham Clark with the Rarawai Mill’s Team Elite. Photo: Fiji Sugar Corporation.
November 07
19:51 2017

A team of employees of the Rarawai sugar mill scooped second place overall and the Silver Award at this year’s National Quality Convention, at the Fiji National University in Namaka.

Quality Control Circle (QCC) was introduced into the Fiji Sugar Corporation in 2005 at Ba’s Rarawai Mill and then Labasa Mill in 2006.

At its launch, QCC was only introduced to apprentices as they were an easier group to target and groom for QCC adoption.

In 2014 FSC revived its internal QCC initiative, again with the Rarawai Mill’s ‘Team Elite’ which was made up of a cross-section of employees.

They identified poor harvesting efforts as a key issue for the mill and targeted this area in their QCC project.

Team Leader and the group’s only female, Sesenieli Vualeba, who coincidentally won the Best Team Leader prize said “it was challenging working with my team, being the only female and I had to sacrifice a lot of personal time to complete this project well.”

“But I am so grateful that we achieved what we have, as it was not easy.”

Team Elite’s QCC journey started in 2014, and faced insurmountable challenges in 2016 due to the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

This hindered their efforts as they had to divert their focus on the collective rehabilitation of the mill and cane development.

FSC’s chief executive officer Graham Clark in thanking the team at their celebrations in Ba recently, said he was delighted with how the team held on and kept pushing themselves to achieve high quality standards and thanked them for their cohesion, collaboration and team work.

“I want Team Elite of Rarawai to share their recipe of success with other areas across the company, because of their exemplary achievement.”

General manager Rarawai Mill Taito Kafoa echoed similar sentiments saying “Team Elite had set a benchmark for the mill and all their employees, for their hard work and collaborating very well throughout their Quality Circle process”.

The team’s QCC project was on Reducing Factory Downtime due to Poor Harvesting Effort.

Team Elite was made up of:

Sesenieli Vualeba, a Headway Bridge Clerk.

Timoci Sila, team leader of Veieisaru, Varavu & Rarawai

Tevita Sekicolo, Cane Logistics Manager

Hasmukh Patel, ,mill sidar

Wame Bukalidi and Neori Vuidreketi, loco drivers

Vinal Kumar fitting shop foreman

Viliame Osborne, assistant safety officer

Chief Engineer John Danford

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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