Home

Sasol and Natref plant trees in Metsimaholo

Date: 
12 September 2018

Sasolburg, South Africa – In support of National Arbour Week, Sasol and Natref planted karee trees at the Bekezela Primary School in Amelia, Metsimaholo on Friday, 7 September 2018. This was the initial step in the drive through which 200 trees are being planted next to the 100 waste skip bins donated by Sasol and Natref to the communities of Amelia and Iraq in Metsimaholo. 

According to Bob Kleynjan, Sasol’s Sasolburg Operations Senior Manager Environment, the Sasolburg Operations and Natref Atmospheric Emission Licences contain a condition to work with local authorities and the community in an effort to reduce particulate matter and sulphur dioxide in the ambient environment. “The planting of the trees forms part of our drive to positively influence the environment as trees, in addition to providing several other advantages, also produce oxygen into the ambient air,” said Kleynjan. 

To positively influence ambient air quality Sasol and Natref already embarked on an extensive programme as from 2016 to reduce the impact of fires in Amelia and Iraq, specifically entailing cutting and baling of overgrown grass, rehabilitation of illegal dump sites and providing serviced waste skip bins where residents can dispose of their waste. The dump sites and long veld grass are often set alight, impacting on the ambient air quality and also posing a health and safety risk to the community. The programme ensures that the skips are emptied regularly, while it also donated grass cutting and baling equipment to the Metsimaholo Local Municipality to enable them to keep grass in Amelia and Iraq short. In addition, Sasol and Natref donated a rapid intervention vehicle (RIV) to allow fire fighters to respond timeously to fires in the fairly inaccessible areas of Amelia and Iraq.

“Trees play an important role in the health and well-being of our communities as it not only provides shade, food and shelter but also improves air quality through oxygen production. It is therefore vital to teach our children about the importance of trees in our environment and the significant role they play in our future. We urge the community to look after the trees and keep on placing waste to be removed in the skips for the benefit of our community,” said Kleynjan.

As a karee tree is an evergreen, frost hardy, drought resistant tree which can reach up to 8 metres in height with a 5 metre spread, the communities of Amelia and Iraq should reap the benefit of the 200 donated trees for generations to come. It was a wise business man from the 1950s, Warren Buffet, who said “someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”.

 

Sasol may, in this document, make certain statements that are not historical facts that relate to analyses and other information which are based on forecasts of future results and estimates of amounts not yet determinable. These statements may also relate to our future prospects, developments and business strategies. Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding exchange rate fluctuations, volume growth, increases in market share, total shareholder return, executing our growth projects (including LCCP), oil and gas reserves and cost reductions, including in connection with our BPEP, RP and our business performance outlook. Words such as “believe”, “anticipate”, “expect”, “intend", “seek”, “will”, “plan”, “could”, “may”, “endeavour”, “target”, “forecast” and “project” and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and there are risks that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not be achieved. If one or more of these risks materialise, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results may differ materially from those anticipated. You should understand that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the plans, objectives, expectations, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements. These factors are discussed more fully in our most recent annual report on Form 20-F filed on 28 August 2017 and in other filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The list of factors discussed therein is not exhaustive; when relying on forward-looking statements to make investment decisions, you should carefully consider both these factors and other uncertainties and events. Forward-looking statements apply only as of the date on which they are made, and we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any of them, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
 
Please note: One billion is defined as one thousand million. bbl – barrel, bscf – billion standard cubic feet, mmscf – million standard cubic feet, oil references brent crude, mmboe – million barrels oil equivalent. All references to years refer to the financial year 30 June. Any reference to a calendar year is prefaced by the word “calendar”. 
 
Comprehensive additional information is available on our website: www.sasol.com