Sasol wins award

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A young man from the community who were given formal and on-the-job training as plumbers.

Sasol Secunda Operations won the 2016 Responsible Care Initiative of the Year award in the Corporate Social Responsibility category.
The award was presented by the Chemical and Allied Industries Association at an event in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 9 November.
Sasol scooped the award for its participation in the ‘War on Leaks’ project, which aims to reduce water losses in the Govan Mbeki municipal area.
The company conducted the project in partnership with Rand Water Foundation, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Cobra Watertech (Pty) Ltd and Govan Mbeki Municipality as part of its Corporate Water Stewardship programme.
The War on Leaks initiative is a campaign launched by the Department of Water and Sanitation to assist in reducing high water demand caused by domestic leaks.
The campaign targeted 18 schools within the Govan Mbeki municipal area and is being rolled out in two phases.
According to Rethabile Ndjibu, Sasol’s Manager of Communications, Events and Brand, the first phase of the project involved piloting an innovative approach to dealing with high water leaks at six schools within the municipality.
Water consumption from all six schools averaged 1 000 m³/week and was reduced to 275 m³/week upon implementation of the project.
“Cogta, together with the municipality, identified 12 local unemployed youth from the community who were interested in being trained as plumbers,” said Rethabile.
“They were given formal and on-the-job training as plumbers by Cobra Watertech (Pty) Ltd, and were involved in the project.
“Sasol Secunda Social Investment (SSI) funded the entire pilot project to the value of R1 million, and has committed a further R1.5 million to implement the initiative to the remaining 12 schools.
“Rand Water Foundation has pledged R1 million in funding support for plumber training in 2016.
“The second phase of the project will be rolled out later this year to fix water leakage reduction at the rest of the 12 schools in the municipality.
“This phase will be funded by SSI.”

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