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SUSTAINABILITY PERFORMANCE AGAINST OUR FOCUS AREAS: GROWING SHARED VALUE – SASOL IN SOCIETY (CONTINUED)
Economic transformation and local content (continued)
Global entrepreneurship week (#GEW2020)
Support for local eco-friendly brick manufacturer
In November 2020, Sasol participated in the 2020 Global Entrepreneurship
Week (GEW). #GEW2020 was anchored around the themes: Ecosystems,
Education, Inclusion and Policy.
We provided development support to an SME, based in Sasolburg, that
manufactures eco-friendly bricks from recycled plastic waste and sand.
The bricks are suitable for use in residential, industrial and commercial
construction projects and require no water during manufacturing.
2020 Sasol GEW highlights:
• The Sasol Business Accelerator (SBA) hosted a Programme Review where
Sasol Procurement colleagues and other industry experts reviewed
progress made by the participants of the SBA programme.
We provided SMEs with:
• Through Connector Workshops hosted by Sasol, SMEs were provided
the opportunity to meet and network with other local businesses and
• South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) testing;
• 54 tons of plastic earmarked for recycling;
• cement and ash to be used in the production of bricks;
• quality management systems; and
• grant funding.
• Various exhibitions hosted in Sasolburg and Secunda, provided SMEs
with market exposure where they could showcase their products.
The face mask project
We partnered with SMEs to produce and deliver more than 110 000 cloth
face masks as part of the Sasol COVID-19 response initiative. We provided
the SMEs with free technical training in pattern making, sewing, quality
management and costing.
Following the completion of the cloth mask project, we helped to further
develop and upskill the SMEs to produce high-quality PPE clothing and
uniforms, preparing them for growth beyond the response to the pandemic.
The garments produced were showcased at the Sasol Global
Entrepreneurship Week exhibits at Sasolburg and Secunda.
Supporting SMEs in building lasting and sustainable business
In May 2021, we launched our first SME webinar series, titled ‘Built to Last’.
The series – which will unfold over four chapters – kicked off with Chapter
One: The Power to Survive. Hundreds of SMEs attended the two-day virtual
event, which featured a variety of speakers and industry leaders covering a
range of topics and sharing insights and practical tools that SMEs can use to
navigate the current economic climate and ensure small business continuity
amid the COVID-19 pandemic's disruption.
To streamline SME onboarding and grading, we started using the Linkage
digital platform which makes it simpler for Sasol and SMEs to connect and do
business together. We held a live webinar to demonstrate the Linkage platform,
encouraging the small business community to register their businesses.
The series is part of our work to bring about meaningful change particularly
in the areas where we operate, through small business development and
continually inspiring SMEs and exposing them to opportunities that will help
them build lasting and sustainable businesses.
• have a better view of their level of readiness to access procurement
The benefits of joining Linkage for SMEs is that they will:
• be more visible to buyers;
• have a view of upcoming sourcing events and understand related
• receive guidance on document preparation for integration into Sasol’s
SAP Ariba SIM; and
• be prompted to proactively keep their compliance documentation up
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