Sasol and Natref celebrated the completion of two projects that improve ambient air quality in Metsimaholo: the paving of a 1.6km stretch of road in Amelia; as well as the upgrade of the satellite fire station in Zamdela, Sasolburg.
“As Sasol, our commitment to drive sustainable improvement in our fenceline communities is motivated by our core values and shared interest for the safety our people. As we officially handover this road and satellite fire station infrastructures, we do so with a firm belief that this will ensure the safety of families on the road, and a quicker response time to veld and waste fires as well as at home,” said Rightwell Laxa, Senior Vice President at Sasol’s Sasolburg and Ekandustria Operations.
The 1.6km main road in Amelia was paved to reduce dust and improve road safety during high traffic volumes, particularly on a road that connects multiple townships. The work included the provision of a pedestrian walkway, bus shelters, speed humps, road markings and signage.
Additionally, the satellite fire station project at the Harry Gwala Multi-Purpose Sports Centre in Zamdela was upgraded to accommodate a 6000-litre fire truck that is now stationed closer to the community – making the response time quicker. Renovation work inside the station entailed the upgrading of office space, ablution facilities and the reception area, while a structure was erected outside the station to house the fire truck.
“For us as Sasol, safety remains a key priority; and in this instance, these two infrastructures will solidify the municipality’s response to safety measures and ensure that the local wards are better equipped to respond to and mitigate emergencies for the safety of all our fenceline communities,” concluded Laxa.
The stakeholders included Rightwell Laxa, Sasol Senior Vice President; Ntokozo Gcabashe, Natref Senior Vice President; Mamohau Julia Maleka, Sasol Vice President SHE; Dr Thuli Mbuli (MBA) PhD, Head of Community Affairs at Sasol; Executive Mayor of Metsimaholo Local Municipality, Cllr Jack Malindi; Executive Mayor of Fezile Dabi, Cllr Dennis Khasudi and Ward 19 Councilor Lunga Mthetho.
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