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SUSTAINABILITY PERFORMANCE AGAINST OUR FOCUS AREAS: GROWING SHARED VALUE – SASOL IN SOCIETY (CONTINUED)
Community COVID-19 response
Our COVID-19 response is focused on supporting a healthy and safe
environment not only for our employees living in and around our
operations but their families and our communities in collaboration
with local health authorities across our host countries.
Health has become a key area of concern globally as our
collective health systems continue to struggle under the
burden brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sasol has
demonstrated, through our initial COVID-19 social response
initiatives, that various company products, assets and human
resources are key to supporting national and local strategies
in combatting pandemics and associated social challenges.
Our social response has been consistent in ensuring the
safety and education of our communities by supporting
several interventions, in partnership with government, civil
society, community members, private sector and other
stakeholders. The initiatives included:
Community COVID-19 vaccination in South Africa
We continue to support the Department of Health with
measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 as well as
the rollout of its vaccination strategy in our fenceline
communities. Support is provided through the donation of
mobile clinics, improvement of hospital cold storage facilities
and the provision of vaccine carriers, with temperature
loggers, to ensure the safe transportation of vaccines.
About 1,5 million litres of sanitiser has been supplied to
fenceline communities from March 2020 to June 2021 in
South Africa and Mozambique. Over 600 000 litres of this
was supplied from March to June 2020.
In response to the second and third waves of
COVID-19 infections, we resumed the production of our
unique blend of hand sanitiser in February 2021 and
produced and distributed almost 250 000 litres to our
fenceline communities in Secunda, Sasolburg, Ekandustria
Our partners Stellartrans, Reeftankers, Imperial Logistics
and Supergroup supported the transportation of sanitiser
to Kinross (Secunda) and Zamdela (Sasolburg).
In Mozambique, we donated over 42 000 liters of hand
sanitiser to the Ministry of Health.
We continued our support to KSM Chemical Solutions
(KSM), a Sasol developed small, medium, enterprise (SME),
which resulted in production of about a million litres of
hand sanitiser by KSM since the beginning of COVID-19.
This significantly contributed to the sustainability of KSM in
a time when small businesses were negatively impacted by
Expansion of support to wider SME’s by communicating
through webinars on relevant subjects to enable their growth
and sustainability. We also introduced the Linkage digital
platform, which aims to simplify connections between Sasol
We have supported Grade 12 learners to prepare for their
matric examinations. In addition, we also distributed
COVID-19 educational and awareness communication in our
fenceline communities through schools, flyers, billboards,
NGOs and other organisations.
Sasol supports the Department of Health with vaccination rollout plan
Sasol has long been involved in supporting access to quality health services to our communities as one of our key priorities. Our COVID-19
response has been multi-layered, consultative and collaborative to support efforts to flatten the curve with particular focus on our
fenceline communities within Mpumalanga, Free State and Gauteng.
The Department of Health published its COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Strategy on 3 January 2021 and the second phase of the vaccination
plan for South Africa commenced in May 2021. To deliver on our community health focus area, we recognise the need to support
the Vaccination Rollout Strategy particularly in fenceline communities, in addition to our internally focused efforts directed at our
In support of the South African Government’s vaccination strategy we will be donating four mobile clinics and one mini-bus to enable
wider reach of the vaccination rollout and transportation of medical staff to vaccination centres. Mobile clinics can be a high impact
integral component of the healthcare system within our fenceline and broader communities that delivers care to populations that are
underserved and hard to reach through traditional systems, while also conducting COVID-19 screening and vaccination.
The proper storage of vaccines within the manufacture prescribed storage conditions is critical in ensuring vaccine efficacy without which
the rollout of vaccines would not be possible. To ensure this Sasol will augment refrigeration capacity at 40 hospitals/clinics by providing
World Health Organisation-approved vaccine fridges and freezers, to enable them to carry the required quantities of the vaccine within
the right specifications.
To ensure that vaccines are not compromised during transportation from cold storage facilities at hospitals/clinics to the various
vaccination centers, it is critical that the vaccines are transported in the correct vaccine carriers. To this extent Sasol will supply 135 World
Health Organisation-approved vaccine carriers, with temperature loggers to maintain the correct temperature during transportation of
The mobile clinic hospital cold storage project will predominately support the communities of the Gert Sibande District in Mpumalanga,
the Fezile Dabi District in the Free State as well communities in the Ekangala/Bronkhorstspruit areas.
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