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Sasol remembers September 1 victims

01 September 2005

Sasol will fly its company flags half-mast at all operations throughout South Africa and will observe a minute of silence to remember the tragic loss of ten lives in an explosion at the ethylene plant in Secunda on September 1 last year.

"In remembering those who died and were injured in this tragic event and paying homage to them, we at Sasol once again express our sincere condolences to their families, friends and colleagues," says Sasol chief executive Pat Davies. "Sasol has been through a period of deep introspection. We have been shocked to the core by this tragedy and are doing everything to ensure nothing like this ever happens again."
Davies was speaking from the ethylene plant where he and senior members of Sasol's management team, staff and trade unions observed a minute of silence. He urged Sasol management, employees and contractors employed by Sasol to have zero tolerance for unsafe behaviours and to always put safety first.
"It is important for all of us to think and act safely at the workplace, at home or while travelling and to remember that unsafe acts can harm ourselves, our loved ones and colleagues. While putting our own safety first, we should also encourage and inspire our fellow workers to safeguard themselves against any possible form of harm," he said.
Davies dispelled rumours that Sasol will withdraw from the Department of Labour's investigation and hearing into the causes for the accident by reaffirming Sasol's committed support and participation. The hearing resumes in January 2006.

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