Byline: Andani Matumba

17 April 2022

Sasol hosted a recognition ceremony for 99 emerging farmers from the Gert Sibande District Municipality who recently completed the Sasol Farmers Development Programme (Iphephe).

At the same event, 30 individuals from 10 Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) from the Lekwa Municipality who participated in the Sasol Institution Capacity Building programme were also recognised.

To date, this programme has capacitated 86 NPOs in Govan Mbeki Municipality, as well as 10 in the Lekwa Municipality focusing mainly on Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDs).

Emerging farmers who recently completed the Sasol Farmers Development programme (Iphepe).

“It is when I get involved in social initiatives that empower, enable and recognise people that I have a sense of fulfilment that is immeasurable. This is why I work for Sasol.” Mashudu Ndou, VP/Head of Community Affairs, pleasantly said. 

As a corporate citizen, Sasol believes that skills development is an enabler for economic inclusion and growth.

The complementary need for a skilled workforce around our operations and the needs of our local fence-line communities for access to socio-economic opportunities, especially in the context of rising unemployment rates continue to foster our passion to contribute to an enabling environment for to gain lifelong skills that allow them to participate actively in economy.

“Our social investment activities are aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals 8 and 10 priorities while responding to local realities with investments prioritise in our fence-line communities,” concluded Ms Ndou.

Sasol also handed over a Cheque for funding to Topsy Foundation and Ithemba Lesizwe. Topsy is Sasol’s implementing partner of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Care (OVCs) and Support Programme in the Dipaleseng and Govan Mbeki Municipalities. Ithemba Lesizwe implements a Support Group Programme for Rehabilitated Substance Addicts in the Govan Mbeki Municipality.