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Sasol Secunda – Committed to working with government on National Development Plan (NDP) priorities

RIDGE TIMES / 02 MARCH 2020 - 14.55 / CONTENT SUPPLIED

Sasol remains committed to partner and implement programmes which aims to support national and provincial government in its efforts to fulfil the National Development Plan.

Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa, delivered his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 13 February 2020.

During his speech, the President touched on a number of pressing issues that all South Africans face, specifically inclusive growth which is a catalyst for job creation, poverty alleviation, improved health services and equality in addressing the objectives as contained in the National Development Plan.

The President highlighted the need to forge social compacts between business, government, labour and to a greater extent communities.

The key themes from the SONA (i.e. Trade and Industry; Education and Employment; Health and Safety and Infrastructure) could potentially present opportunities for such a social compact within the Govan Mbeki Municipality.

TRADE AND INDUSTRY |

Sasol supports local youth entrepreneurs by taking them through various development programmes such as the I AM Preneur, Emerging Farmers and Supplier Enterprise Development programmes.

EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

Youth Employment Service (YES): Sasol was one of the first corporates to sign up to the YES programme, absorbing a large number of graduates and unemployed youth to receive paid on-the-job training at our operations in Sasolburg and Secunda, as well as at our head office in Johannesburg.

We have committed to train and upskill 1 000 young people over a 3 year period.

Youth Skills Development Programme: this is delivered in partnership with the Gert Sibande TVET College. The aim of this programme is to train local youth from the area in electrical, plumbing and mechanical trades. To date, more than 150 unemployed youth have been supported with work–readiness skills in these fields through the programme.

Senior Certificate Amendment Programme: implemented to give out-of-school youth a second opportunity to complete their Grade 12.

Sasol Learnership programme: an annual programme that prioritises applicants from Sasol’s host communities.

Sasol Bursary and Sasol Foundation Bursary programme: access to tertiary education is enabled through our Sasol corporate bursary programme as well as Sasol Foundation bursary programme. Beneficiaries of the former are selected based purely on academic performance while the Sasol Foundation bursary focuses on young people from low-income households and poor communities.

Youth Development Centres: since 2014 Sasol has resourced 46 Youth Development Centres in Mpumalanga and has trained and skilled more than 100 unemployed local youth in various areas such as traffic management, waste recycling, crane driving, safety and security and farming.

More than 10 000 learners are being supported through various programmes such as E-learning, Saturday classes, aftercare programmes and mobile science labs.

In 2019 the Sasol Techno X, a science, mathematics and technology career exhibition hosted over 26 000 visitors.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Point Duty Officers are trained, resourced and placed at intersections to help alleviate traffic congestion and improve overall road safety (especially for pedestrians at schools)

Sasol participates and supports a number of HIV AIDS initiatives in our fence-line communities

To create conducive access to primary health, more than 55 additional fans and air conditioners were installed at Evander Hospital.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Through the implementation of Mining Social Labour Plans (SLP) and Social Investment programmes Sasol contributes to community infrastructure development: The Leandra and Kinross communities currently receive support through a sewer reticulation programme

The main Secunda intersection and other strategic roads were upgraded as part of GMM town upkeep initiative

Sasol is currently installing a water pipe line between Embalenhle and Charl Cilliers

Sasol remains committed to partner and implement programmes which aims to support national and provincial government in its efforts to fulfil the National Development Plan.

Information supplied by Sasol.

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LINK : https://ridgetimes.co.za/156354/sasol-secunda-committed-working-government-national-development-plan-ndp-priorities/

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