On Wednesday, 7 July 2021, our Sasol Secunda executive members, who are 50+, were at the Sasol Medical Centre getting their COVID-19 vaccination. This is in line with the government vaccination drive that current allows those who are 50+ to receive a jab.
The executive team members felt it is important for them to lead by example and be the first to receive the vaccination in order to demonstrate their commitment to slow down the spread of the pandemic, protect themselves, their colleagues, families and the community at large.
Through ongoing value creating partnerships with our key stakeholders, specifically our relationship with Provincial, District and Local Government, we are able to achieve important business imperatives. Through one such co-creation relationship, we are excited to announce that the Provincial Department of Health has declared the Sasol Secunda Medical Centre as a vaccination site. The medical centre will start administering COVID-19 vaccines to our over 60 years employees, who have registered on the government Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) site, from 9 June 2021.
This makes Sasol the first corporate in the Mpumalanga province to have been granted approval to operate as a vaccination site. This wonderful achievement has been made possible through great partnership and collaboration with our government stakeholders, again proving that working together and pooling resources we can be a force for good and improve lives in our communities.
The Sasol Medical Centre will follow government’s national prescribe roll-out phases, starting with our over 60 employees, and continuing into phase 2 for the rest of the workforce later in the year. As part of our support towards the enablement of the national vaccination roll-out we will also provide three mobile clinics, with a laptop each, along with cold storage facilities (freezers and vaccine carriers) to the Mpumalanga Department of Health.
Further to these initiatives we are continuing to provide COVID-19 support to communities and government by providing sanitisers to various departments (so far we have distributed more than 240 000 liters). And recently, Sasol donated fuel to three municipalities in Mpumalanga (Govan Mbeki, Emalahleni and Steve Tshwete municipalities) – the donated fuel is aimed at assisting the municipalities and health facilities to optimise emergency services to communities. Sasol will further endeavour to support and enable local community facilities to be more accessible as part of the national vaccination drive.
Let us slow down the spread of COVID-19: mask up, wash up and practice social distance.