While we note Solidarity’s claims, we do not agree that conditions at our Sasolburg Operations are unsafe and there is no indication that safety has been compromised.
Although there were employees who did not arrive yesterday morning at the shift change at our Sasolburg Operations, we activated contingency plans to minimise potential interruption to those particular activities. We have internal industrial relations processes within Human Resources that all employees have the right of recourse on any concerns or problems that may arise.
As previously stated, with the demonstration at our Secunda Operations on 6 September, we experienced a temporary decrease in attendance by Solidarity members. This led to a decrease and delay in some planned activities to which Solidarity alludes.
Separately to the scheduled shutdown, there are other projects underway at our Secunda Operations. Some of these projects experienced some slippage due to technical challenges but these have been resolved and the projects are virtually complete.
We continue to ensure that our running operations and shutdown schedule progress safely, as planned, while closely monitoring the situation.
Furthermore, Sasol has agreed to participate in the CCMA mediation process with Solidarity commencing 19 September 2018.
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