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Institutional Capacity Building Programme 2020

Our Sasol Secunda team hosted a ceremony on 16 November 2020 to honour the 2020 attendees who successfully completed the Institutional Capacity Building programme.

Sasol over the years has been building trust-based relationships especially, to uplift communities close to its operations. These relationships enabled us to partner with various community structures and organisations to drive interventions that benefit their fence line communities.

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Rethabile Ndjibu Acting Head Community Affairs, Sarah du Toit, Topsy Foundation and Mpume Mdakane Acting Sasol Social Investment during the Funding handover to Topy Foundation, the implementing partner of Orphans and Vulnerable Children Care and Support Programme

For more than 30 years, Team Sasol has been investing in several projects within the Govan Mbeki Municipality (GMM). Through our partnership with the community and Department of Social Development (DSD) a need was identified for Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) to be capacity strengthened – hence the concept of Institutional Capacity Building. The partnership with the DSD so far has capacitated 86 NPOs in Govan Mbeki Municipality, with Early Childhood Development Centres being the main focus.

Institutional Capacity Building Programme

In the past financial year (FY20) Sasol Social Investment appointed Siyakhula Trust as the implementing partner for this programme. There were 10 NPOs from eMbalenhle that were identified to go through this intervention.

The programme included the following interventions:

  • Conducting organisational audits;
  • Conducting an accredited board training;
  • Conducting other relevant training interventions;
  • Reviewing the NPO Constitutions;
  • Ensuring NPO compliance with NPO Act;
  • Obtaining SARS exemptions for PBO status for the NPOs;
  • Offering mentorship and organisational development support to the NPOs; and
  • Offering accredited certificates.

The training implementation was informed by the training to be offered which had specific outcomes and which also took into consideration the expectations of learners. The programme involved ensuring that participants develop practical workplace-based documents that they can and will use at their various NPOs. Participants who fully attended, compiled and submitted Portfolios of Evidence on the accredited training (board orientation) were awarded certificates of competency. For all other programmes not accredited, learners that attended and successfully completed the programme received certificates of attendance.

Some of the NPO graduates that received certificates with Sasol, Govan Mbeki Municipality Representatives, Traditional Leaders, Department of Social Development, Department of Education representatives.

“Sasol believes in the empowerment of societies, especially those around our operations. Having this celebratory graduation ceremony and handing over these certificates symbolises the ongoing progress of sustainable development in communities,” said Rethabile Ndjibu, Acting Head of Community Affairs: Sasol Energy Operations.

Other articles on Team Sasol’s contribution to our fenceline communities in Secunda:

Sasol opened a small business centre in Secunda for local SMMEs read more.
Sasol honoured frontline health workers in Mpumalanga read more.
Sasol handed over renovated community parks and safety equipment to Govan Mbeki Municipality read more.