Sasol Secunda: Bring a child to work

“The purpose of this initiative was to encourage learners to pursue Mathematics and Physical Science subjects in order to increase the pool of rare skills in the country."

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The week of 22 – 25 October Sasol hosted an event called: Bring a child to work. The event was well received by all. The children learned about all the career options Sasol has to offer and how processes in the Sasol plant work. The children were taken through the processes of how many different products can be produced just from coal! The importance of communication and safety were highlighted during the whole day. When the children arrived, they had a chance to write down what safety means to each of them. At the newly renovated training centre, a whole new and exciting world awaited the children, from the career passage to the refinery room and the virtual reality room. The classrooms are all equipped with tablets, as everything is electronic. The major highlights on these days were the visual reality room and the Riaan Rademan Mock Mine at Twistdraai mine. The visual reality room was developed to afford children and trainees of Sasol the experience of being on the plant and understanding how everything works. The mock mine experience was led by Mr Tim Denny. Mr Denny was extremely interactive with the children and did not only make mining sound fun, but included each child in his presentation, making the child feel and know they are important. The mock mine was built with moulds that were taken from a real underground mine. The mock mine also has everything that would be in a real mine: safety ropes that lead people to the rescue chamber, glow sticks to tell the workers not to pass a certain point (last entry/danger ahead), roof bolts (roof support) to secure the roof (roof bolts are drilled 2 m into the roof and strengthened with cement that dries in 30 seconds) and a Rescue Chamber. The Rescue Chamber consists of: emergency protocols, numbers and communication systems, emergency oxygen supply, first aid equipment and many more safety features. This chamber can accommodate 35 people. The mock mine is also fully ventilated as it would be underground. Sasol stated the following: “The purpose of this initiative was to encourage learners to pursue Mathematics and Physical Science subjects in order to increase the pool of rare skills in the country. The objective of the initiative was to afford learners an exposure to Sasol’s careers and opportunities, especially in artisanship, engineering and learnerships. The targeted audience is GS TVET (Gert Sibande TVET College) learners, Grade 10 and 11 learners with Mathematics and Physical Science not younger than 16 years of age. 220 learners were expected to attend the sessions.” – Ané Prinsloo

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