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Letter to the Editor, Business Day

20 February 2006

Sasol Limited

(Incorporated in South Africa)
(Registration number: 1979/003231/06)
ISIN Code: ZAE000006896 
Share Code: SOL 
Sasol refers its shareholders to the response by Uhambo following the announcement of the Competition Tribunal's ruling:
"Shareholders in the proposed joint venture between the liquid fuels businesses of Petronas and Sasol Ltd - Engen and Sasol Oil - today noted the ruling by the Competition Tribunal to prohibit the Uhambo merger.
The parties are naturally disappointed with the ruling and are in the process of considering all available alternatives. A further statement will be made in due course."
23 February 2006
Issued by sponsor: Deutsche Securities (SA) Dear Sir
On Thursday 16 February 2006, Sasol wrote a letter to Business Day dispelling the notion that Sasol had in some way made a “veiled threat” when responding to the Budget Review's announcement of a task force being formed to investigate the merits of a windfall tax being imposed on the synthetic fuel industry. On the front page of the following day's Business Day, you acknowledged that this “veiled threat” was in fact merely Business Day's interpretation – an erroneous interpretation which our letter refuted. Readers can make up their own minds in this respect by reading our full media release on www.sasol.com.
However, in your Monday (20 February) edition your writer, Rob Rose, appears to have engaged in an emotionally worded attack on Sasol that is, in our opinion, inconsistent with the level of responsible journalism which we expect from Business Day. He persists in seeking to prolong an issue which he provoked in the first instance in his article last week. Using words like “blazing”, “incensed”, “terse” and “fevered” belie the tone of the media release we issued on Thursday.
Furthermore, your newspaper in a front page article on the same day directly attributed a quote to our CE on Sasol “rethink(ing) its local investment plans”. Pat Davies never said this, nor was it contained in our media release in response to the Budget Review. Journalism by invention reflects poorly on your newspaper and a published correction by Business Day of this statement is warranted.
We acknowledge a history of differences of opinion on certain matters with Government in years gone by. We wish to assure you and your readers, however, that our relationships with Government have advanced constructively across various ministries. We are cognisant of the significant role we play in the SA economy as the country's major industrial investor and a leading employer and are actively engaged with Government on various issues, including enhancing our domestic investment programme.
Yours sincerely,
Trevor Munday 
Deputy Chief ExecutiveProprietary) Limited

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