In all markets where we operate, we work diligently towards ensuring our presence realises positive benefits for all our stakeholders, in particular, the fenceline communities in the areas in which we operate.
- Partner with various organisations to develop, pilot and implement new technologies;
- One third of our fuel is marketed through approximately 400 retail convenience centres and commercial channels;
- More than 300 gas customers in South Africa;
- More than 7 300 chemicals customers in over 120 countries; and
- Assisted our gas customers reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately two million tons per annum with supply of natural gas.
Our Community Development programmes are premised on the needs of those closest to our fence line, understanding that we have a symbiotic relationship, more so because some our employees also live in these communities. Investing in the infrastructure surrounding our operations and in the health of our communities is good business. By investing in these programmes, we contribute towards the creation of healthy, sustainable communities.
Over the years, we have made the following investments in the regions where we have operations:
- In South Africa we have spent over R800 million in our fenceline communities: Sasolburg – Free State Province, Secunda – Mpumalanga Province, Ekandustria – Gauteng Province, Meriting – North West Province, Merewent and Umlazi – KwaZulu-Natal Province. Through this social investment, we were able to invest significantly in education and skills development through the provision of bursaries and work opportunities, and enhancing South Africa’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. This investment has also benefited over 360 youth and more than 80 small businesses registered in our fenceline communities through the
- In the United States we have spent over R14 million in our fenceline communities of Westlake and Mossville –Louisiana State. This social investment helped us contribute to achieve the following milestones: introduced Grade 3 to 5 learners to robotics, coding and engineering and awarded 187 scholarships.
- In Qatar we have spent over R8 million nationally. In partnership with UNESCO and Qatar National Library a series of films were launched to raise awareness about the challenges that the blind and visually impaired face in their daily lives.
- In Mozambique we have spent over R89 million in our fenceline communities of Inhassoro Govuro and Vilanculos –Inhambane Province. This social investment helped us realise the following achievements: trained 345 artisans at the Inhassoro Training Centre, with 186 of them receiving on-the-job training. We also contributed to 90 water and health infrastructure projects over the past 10 years, completed 18 school infrastructure projects over the past 10 years, and over
- In Nigeria we have spent over R 1million in our fenceline community, Lagos State. Through the investment, we were able to assist over 300 young entrepreneurs in business education.
To advance South Africa’s transformation agenda, Sasol implemented the landmark Sasol Inzalo broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) transaction in 2008 to provide as many black South Africans the opportunity to own a part of Sasol. This complemented the 25% ownership of Sasol’s Energy Business by Tshwarisano in 2006 and the 26% ownership in Mining Operations by Ixia Coal in 2010, all of which sought to include as many previously disadvantaged South Africans into the ownership structure of Sasol’s business.
The Sasol Inzalo B-BBEE was further complemented by the establishment of the Sasol Inzalo Foundation (SaIF), funded by dividends received from Sasol shares. From the beginning, the foundation set itself the task of reforming and improving STEM education. The need was so great, that the foundation aimed to have a systemic impact on South Africa’s education and skills development sectors, from the outset.
In June 2018, Sasol Inzalo B-BBEE ownership empowerment scheme ended but one of the greatest legacies of that landmark empowerment scheme – the achievements of the Sasol Inzalo Foundation – were set to endure for many decades more. Given the persistent challenges in education, coupled with the SAIF’s legacy, the enhanced mandate of the Sasol Foundation acknowledges that the quality of STEM education at schools and tertiary institutions stayed an obstacle to achieving South Africa’s development goals.
We continued to deepen our presence in South Africa through several multi-year mega projects between 2008 and 2017 that included the R14 billion mine replacement programme, the R14 billion Secunda Synfuels growth programme, as well as the R13,6 billion FT Wax Expansion Project, among others.
In 2019, we entered a R400 million enterprise and supplier development (ESD) agreement through the Sasol Siyakha Trust with Nduna Maritime to fund South Africa’s first locally owned maritime vessel. It is the first South Africa-flagged vessel and will transport chemicals to international markets. As a secondary listing, we listed on South Africa-based independent stock exchange A2X. This provides shareholders an additional trading platform.
Sasol’s commitment to transformation in South Africa is illustrated by the concerted effort in recent years to better leverage our supply chain and increasing our spend with black-owned companies. Globally, over 1 000 small businesses directly benefited from grants, loan funding and development support to improve business sustainability and increase profitability while spend with local (Secunda and Sasolburg) black-owned companies increased from R8 206 million in 2019 to R10 482 million in 2020.
In 2020, Sasol’s spend on black-owned businesses was R26,3 billion with spend on black women-owned businesses being R17,3 billion.
We believe that the transformation of our supply chain will require a shift in how we have been doing business and procuring from suppliers.
- We are committed to intentionally opening opportunities for previously disadvantaged groups to ensure diversification of the supply chain to include SMMEs from our fenceline communities.
- Deliberately reserving some of the services required by the business for particular fenceline community SMMEs in order to give them an opportunity to bid for such services.
- Providing funding to qualifying suppliers to enable them to execute their contract mandate. Through Sasol Siyakha, small businesses are given funding to enable them to provide the services which they had been contracted for.
Partnership opportunities through the local development agreements (LDAs)
In Mozambique the LDAs signed with Inhassoro and Govuro Districts, enable 39 fenceline communities to benefit from the economic impact through the agreed five-year development programme. Local content is the economic value contributed and retained in the domestic economy through the procurement of national goods and services.
Enterprise and supplier development activities in North America
Over 615 small business from minority, woman owned and disadvantaged groups made over US$2,7 million in the past year, funded from 25 certification workshops and other forms of support interventions by Sasol. These businesses created about 137 jobs in 2020.
Amaglug-glug: 1994 - 2008
Sasol's long-standing partnership with the South African Football Association (SAFA) dates back to 1994, when we sponsored the South African national under-23 (SA U23) football team. The team who was affectionately known as Amaglug-glug because of the Sasol Oil sponsorship, impressed fans internationally when they competed in the 2000 Olympic Games, in Sydney Australia. In a spectacular display of fleet-footed teamwork, Amaglug-glug beat Brazil 3-1. Adding to this, the team also finished third at the 1999 All-Africa Games.
At the time, Sasol Oil recognised the popularity of soccer in Africa and inspired by South Africa's readmission into the international sporting community, decided to support the SA-U23 team with an initial three-year sponsorship. Sasol's goal is to help the country to nurture world-class soccer talent.
Notable players who previously played for the SA-U23 included Brian Baloyi; Matthew Booth; Quinton Fortune; Steve Lekoelea; Jabu Mahlangu; Benni McCarthy; Fabian McCarthy; Aaron Mokoena; Siyabonga Nomvete; Andile Jali; and Thulani Serero among others.
One of our goals is to nurture the worldclass soccer talent inherent to South Africa.
Springboks: 2004 - 2010
The association between Sasol and South African Rugby began in 2004 when Sasol became the lead sponsor of the Springbok rugby team, affectionately known as Amabokoboko.
The six-year agreement included sponsorship of the Springbok Sevens, the South African U-21 and other South African rugby “A” teams. During the sponsorship period, the nation and the world saw the game traverse social, racial and cultural barriers. As a sport, rugby promoted nation building in South Africa, it enabled transformation and at Sasol, it united our staff around the world, strengthening our brand both locally and abroad.
The Springboks have (and continuously) delivered outstanding performances and several significant successes. With Sasol boldly emblazoned across their chests, the team won the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, along with the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour and the Tri-Nations cup.
Sasol's passion for the Sevens format of the game enabled the Springbok Sevens team to compete internationally, winning several tournaments including the prestigious World Rugby Sevens Series in 2008.
South African National Youth Orchestra: 1979 - 2014
The support of the arts extended to Sasol's sponsorship of the South African National Youth Orchestra (SANYO), among other musical events and competitions. In a multicultural society Sasol believed it imperative that serious orchestral musical talent is appreciated and supported to ensure continuing cultural diversity. At the individual level, the Group also sponsored the biennial Sasol Music Prize for international study by a promising, young music student. Sasol, in its golden jubilee year, sponsored a tour by the acclaimed Vienna Boys’ Choir to South Africa. Sasol was the main sponsor from 1979–2014 when the Foundation was formed to look after SANYO. Some of SANYO’s momentous achievements include:
- A documentary by the SABC on their commissioned work "Half Moon";
- Strings participate in the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown;
- The SANYO is led by a female conductor, Ewa Strusinska, for the first time; and
- In 2011, the Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu narrated the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten.
Birding/Environment: 1993 – 2020
The growth of birdwatching, one of South Africa's most popular pastimes, soared to new heights when Sasol began to sponsor the publication of a series of indispensable books on Southern African birds.
The sponsorship of Sasol Birds of Southern Africa has become the region's most comprehensively illustrated and trusted field guide. Written by a team of highly respected authorities, this comprehensive identification guide is invaluable to all birders, aspirant and experienced. The best-selling first edition of Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - by Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey and Warwick Tarboton and published by Struik in 1994 - inspired the publication of other useful ornithological publications and recordings.
Sasol also sponsors the First Field Guide natural history pocketbooks. As part of Sasol’s commitment to the conservation of our country’s natural heritage for both present and future generations, we have been sponsoring several environmental publications, with a particular focus on birds and bird-related activities, for many years. Our support for environmental publications and projects is aimed at promoting an appreciation for our heritage.
South African senior women’s national team: 2009 - current
South Africa's women's national soccer team, affectionately known as Sasol Banyana Banyana, is the most successful football team currently. Following South Africa’s readmission to international football in 1992, the woman’s football team was first assembled in 1993 for a match against Swaziland.
In 2009, Sasol went into partnership with the South African Football Association (SAFA), officially launching its sponsorship of the national team. We broke the mold and became one of the few companies that have energised the women’s game in South Africa.
The aim of the partnership is to develop and support women’s football by creating opportunities for the team to participate in international tournaments around the globe.
Through Sasol’s sponsorship of Banyana Banyana, the team has shown massive growth and achievements year on year. These include qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, participation in the 2012 Olympic Games Women’s Football Tournament in London and Rio in 2016.
Sasol Techno X: 2001 - 2019
For nearly 20 years, Sasol has hosted this week-long Science and Technology exhibition that seeks to stimulate interest among South Africa’s learners, teachers and the public in practical understanding of science, mathematics and technology.
Sasol recognises that many schools do not have access to science laboratories. Through Sasol Techno X, learners and educators are able to gain exposure to accredited experiments which are crucial and part of the school curriculum.
In addition to the displays, workshops, talks, tours, hands-on activities and exciting shows, for which Sasol Techno X has becomes renowned, learners also get to experience and handle modern and sophisticated equipment.
Sasol New Signatures
Initiated by the Association of Arts Pretoria in 1967 and sponsored by Sasol since 1990, Sasol New Signatures is the longest running art competition in the country. The competition plays a pivotal role in unearthing new talent, by aligning with various university art conservatories, giving students and staff an opportunity to showcase and benchmark their work, contributing to the growth and development of art academies throughout South Africa.
Despite its original Afrikaans name, “Nuwe Handtekeninge”, the competition has always welcomed artists of all races, ethnicities, languages and gender.
Art reflects the broader socio-political zeitgeist, and this has been true throughout the 1970s until the late 1990s when artists of colour participated in the competition in moderate numbers. Since the 2000s however, the entrants have been fully representative of the diverse melting pot of South African demography.
The new millennium saw a series of exciting milestones. In 2005 the first catalogue was printed making Sasol New Signatures the most extensive legal deposit of artworks created by emerging artists with thousands of artworks digitally catalogued. Since 2011 the overall winner of the competition had an opportunity to hold a solo exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum the year after.
The first recipient was Mohau Modisakeng, whose solo was held in 2012. Modisakeng’s success as a professional artist since winning the competition attests to the importance of collaboration in building artistic careers. Modisakeng, together with Candice Breitz, who received a Sasol New Signatures merit prize in 1992, were both part of the South African pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale in Italy, which is universally recognised as the most significant art event in the world.
Over the past 30 years, the legacy for Sasol New Signatures is seeing the majority of winners and merit award winners carving illustrious careers in the visual arts and making significant contributions to our country’s artistic heritage.
South African Wheelchair Basketball: 2007 - 2020
In 2007 Sasol entered into a partnership with Wheelchair Basketball South Africa (WBSA) as a sponsor of the men’s national team, with the aim of making a real impact on the growth of the sport.
Sasol believes that disabled sports represents the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. To overcome a disability and play any sport at its highest level is a remarkable achievement. For this reason and in support of people living with disabilities Sasol was proud to sponsor wheelchair basketball.
The aim of the partnership, which in 2019 was extended to the Women’s national team, is to raise the profile of disabled sport in South Africa and to develop the sport of wheelchair basketball.
Through Sasol’s backing of WBSA, more opportunities for people to get involved in the sport have been created. The period has also seen the men’s national team transform into a globally competitive outfit, participating in international level events around the globe, including three Paralympics in Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. The team has also taken part in World Championships in Japan (2002) and Amsterdam (2006), as well as the FAZZA tournament in Dubai 2018 and the Lwini Cup in Angola, which they won.