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SUSTAINABILITY PERFORMANCE AGAINST OUR FOCUS AREAS: GROWING SHARED VALUE – SASOL IN SOCIETY (CONTINUED)
Bridge-to-work: Skills development (continued)
Youth development programme
• In partnership with Golden Triangle Chamber of Commence (GTCOC) and Avis in Sasolburg, the 'New Beginnings' project assists
graduates and school leavers to prepare for accessing the job market. Educate Africa has donated a full University of South Africa
scholarship (Business Studies) to the project. A local young entrepreneur was given opportunities through this initiative.
• In Secunda, Sasol established Youth Development Centres at Nkomazi Municipality (Ehlanzeni District Municipality) and Emalahleni
Municipality (Nkangala District Municipality). The handover of the 11 Centers are planned for later this year.
• In collaboration with our partners, Sasol has funded the training of 110 young local emerging and subsistence farmers from Gert Sibande
to gain technical, financial and business skills. On completion of their training, these emerging farmers will be mentored and assisted to
set up their farming enterprises.
• Young emerging farmers from the Gert Sibande District Municipality completed training on Farm Business Management, Vegetable
Production, Animal Production and Poultry Production. This programme is in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Rural
Development, Land and Environmental Affairs and African Farmers of South Africa – Mpumalanga.
• Sasolburg Operations has supported local youth to qualify as artisans in various disciplines such as mechanical fitters, welders, riggers,
plumbers, motor mechanics, electricians and instrumentation technicians. Currently 94 artisan candidates have been placed for work
integrated learning at local businesses and Government Institutions. Participating local businesses are ACTOM, AEM Electrical, Vicro Bulk
and Coonco Engineering, ID Electrical Engineering, Kent Electrical, Serviette, Metsimaholo Local Municipality, Department of Health and
• Over 210 youth have been placed in artisan skills programmes since 2013. Currently 72 students are in the pipeline.
• Sasol in partnership with GTCOC in Sasolburg, developed an internship programme to provide youth from various disciplines the
opportunity to complete their internships. 10 candidates were placed with local businesses in Sasolburg.
• Opportunities for graduates from Gert Sibande TVET College are being developed. Some learners are currently placed at different
schools within the Dipaleseng Circuit to assist with administrative work and others are working as data administrators at the Sasol
• We conducted a number of skills workshops, assisting numerous businesses during the year. Through our partnership with the
Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese State University, we continued to host monthly certification workshops and
other small business development training programmes for local businesses and entrepreneurs. These included workshops that qualify
local businesses as minority, women-owned, small disadvantaged or HUBZone certified.
• Sasol-supported 'Get Energy Field Ready' training programme which exposes youth to the oil and gas industry enrolled its third cohort.
• 18 candidates in the third cohort completed the programme. Cohort 1 and 2 had a total of 35 candidates of which 73% have accessed
employment after the programme.
Sasol empowers Mozambican youth with
oil and gas qualifications
The discovery of significant oil and gas resources in Mozambique’s
Rovuma basin has brought about great opportunities, and challenges for the
country. The management of these resources is crucial. However, Mozambique
needs more local technicians who can handle contracts, and even to negotiate
with probable investors in this area.
Therefore, at a signing of an Memorandum of Understanding in 2013, Sasol
accepted a challenge put forward by Mozambique’s Ministry of Mineral Resources
and Energy to sponsor 10 students from vulnerable families from the Mozambican
provinces of Nampula, Cabo Delgado, Zambézia, Inhambane, Maputo and Gaza
to study in South Africa. The students had to have a good academic standing,
and they would be placed at the University of Pretoria in Tshwane. What proved
extra challenging was that the students also had to learn how to communicate
Two of the students completed their degrees in record time and went on to
complete masters degrees with the Aberdeen College in Scotland. Another six
students went on to complete their studies.
Ovidio Rodolfo, Country Manager for Sasol Mozambique says: “Given the existing
skills gap hindering the progress of our youth, initiatives such as these are
essential in developing young people to integrate them into the oil and gasrelated professions.”
Many of these students are the first generation in their families to attend a
university and are therefore role models in their communities. We hope that
they can contribute to a radical change in the lives of their families and their
communities in the years to come.
Sasol Sustainability Report 2021