Sasol, through its social investment, has invested in projects within the Govan Mbeki Municipality (GMM) for more than 30 years. The projects are informed by the company’s focus areas such as promoting the protection of the environment and community safety, promoting health and welfare, education and skills development.
RENOVATED COMMUNITY PARKS
Amongst these projects are the renovation of community parks in Kinross and Secunda as well as providing government departments and communities with safety equipment and resources during this period of COVID-19 pandemic. As the condition of these parks had deteriorated over the years, we took a decision to renovate them in collaboration with Govan Mbeki Municipality. The official hand over of the renovated community parks and safety equipment took place on 9 July 2020, at the Sasol Community Centre in Kinross.
Two black-owned local contractors, Mkhalamuni Construction and Waka Holdings were appointed, to implement the initial phase of renovations, with Ricky B as a subcontractor. These local small, medium and micro enterprises also sourced local labour to allow skills transfer. Technical support from Sasol engineers was available to the contractors. The scope of work for the first phase of the project included the following:
• Existing ablution facilities and store rooms refurbished
• Playground equipment repaired
• Existing stormwater inlets and spillway structures repaired
• Installation of an outdoor chess set
• Braai stands
• A mini soccer pitch and a tall light mast to increase visibility at night for security purposes
• Vegetation cleared
• The entrance of the park upgraded to help control public and vehicle access.
As part of our COVID-19 pandemic community response, safety equipment to be utilised by the municipality for sanitising all their facilities was handed over as well, this included the following:
• 8 litre pressure sprayers x5
• Tyvek suits x200
• Presept disinfectant bottles x32
• Drager half filter masks with canisters x14
• Uvex Safety Glasses x55
• Disposable plastic aprons x200
• Hazmat gloves x12 sets
• Sanifog disinfectant spray bottles x24
• FFP1 Face masks x100
“As a responsible and caring corporate citizen, we fully recognise our duty and deeper responsibility to continue supporting our fenceline communities, and society at large, in these challenging and uncertain times,” said Mashudu Ndou, Vice President Secunda Corporate Affairs. “Working hand-in-hand with a broad range of social partners – in particular government, civil society and our fenceline communities – we are driving our response efforts to equip and support our communities, our schools and those in the front line of fighting the pandemic. We have also partnered with GMM to ensure upgrading of our recreational facility in preparation for a time when we will see families having picnics and children playing in the parks again.”
Click here to find more about Sasol’s support in the fight against COVID-19.