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Sasol Secunda | Making a difference and supporting fence-line communities during the coronavirus pandemic

South Africa has high socio-economic disparities with a great number of vulnerable communities. As a caring and responsible corporate citizen, Sasol recognises its duty to step up and show support for those in need. During the COVID-19 virus outbreak Sasol Secunda has reached out to its surrounding communities to be a force for good to offer support to vulnerable groups.

Mattresses donated to Govan Mbeki municipality for homeless community

In response to the presidential call for a 21-day lockdown, Sasol has donated 66 mattresses to the Govan Mbeki Municipality homeless community. The homeless are being sheltered at Kinross Golf Club Lapa in an effort to keep them off the streets to protect them and combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Sasol donated 400 litres of sanitisers daily in support of government’s effort to combat spread of COVID-19 virus

Sasol, as a producer and bulk supplier of a variety of specialty chemicals, has developed a new unique blend of alcohol-based chemicals to be used in manufacturing of hand sanitisers to help address the increase in market demand for these products.

As part of the company’s ongoing partnership with government to help flatten the coronavirus curve, Sasol, has, to date, donated over 2200L of sanitisers to the community through the following government/ community support structures:

  • 400L handed over to Minister State Security (Ayanda Dlodlo) and Govan Mbeki local municipality on 30 March. The sanitisers are being utilised at the local municipality public facilities such as pay points and essential services facilities. 
  • 400L handed over to the District Command Council on 31 March to support border post staff especially in hot-spots like the Mahamba border post next to Piet Retief/ Swaziland as well as distribution to clinics and local hospitals.
  • 400L handed over on 1 April to the District Department of Health, to support GMM clinics.
  • 400L handed over on 2 April to taxi associations, SAPS and army personnel.
  • 600L handed over to Dipaleseng and Lekwa municipalities on 3 April.
  • The District Command office was also supported with 500 units of safety PPE (masks and body suits) and sanitisers are being distributed to Bethal prison as well as clinics and hospitals in Evander, Piet Retief, Standerton and Balfour on 3 April.
  • Support has also been extended of the SAPS and SANDF with donated resources such as tents, accommodation, generators at the check points.

The distribution of the sanitisers to the community will continue weekly through the above structures during the lockdown period.

Dipaleseng Municipality santiser handover

We will continue to explore other ways to support our fence line communities in dealing with the impacts of the virus. Together we have the power to flatten the infection curve and to support those most vulnerable.

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