Byline: Refeloe Letsoisa

05 February 2024

Sasol hosted the 29th Grade 12 Merit Awards on Thursday, 01 February 2024 at Sasol Recreation Club in Secunda to honor outstanding performers from the Class of 2023.

The awards are an annual initiative that aims to recognize, celebrate, and reward Grade 12 top achievers as well as encourage learners to enroll in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

To honor the role played by educators, the best-performing subject teachers and best-performing schools were also recognized.

More than 130 awards were handed out during the ceremony. Meanwhile, Mambane Secondary School from Komatipoort scooped the award for the Most Improved School.

The Overall Best Performing Schools in the Standerton Sub District and Ehlanzeni Region were Komatipoort Academy, Beacon College, Mkolishi Secondary School, and Highveld Muslim Combined School.

Over the past week, Sasol has been awarding incentives to top performers with distinctions at provincial prize-giving ceremonies in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

A total of nine full bursaries have been awarded to outstanding performers.

Sasol, in collaboration with the Department of Education, continues to implement different interventions that support the teaching and learning of technical subjects across the country.

These subjects play a pivotal role in preparing students for the evolving workforce.

“As a corporate citizen, all our interventions in education are driven by a need to see a meaningful change in society, preparing communities for a sustainable future,” said Mr. Gerrit Vilijoen, Senior Vice President at Secunda Operations.

Sasol’s collaboration with the Department of Education in the implementation of education initiatives is informed by a need to ensure that learners from all backgrounds have access to equal educational opportunities. Sasol continues to play a significant role in offering educational programs through its Osizweni Science Centre.

Bursaries and skills development programs such as Bridge to Work are also available to those who qualify.