Petrochemicals giant Sasol displayed its corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives in and around its Sasolburg facility with a focus on its impact to the Zamdela community.
Sasol in collaboration with the Department of Health operates a number of CSI project in the Zamdela area. “Our community engagement focuses on strengthening the ability of communities to thrive, by supporting civil society, government and private sector role players in plans to stimulate growth and to strengthen and foster dignity,” said Dr Ivor Zwane, General Manager for Corporate Affairs, Sasol Sasolburg. “We are proud of this latest in a series of successful partnerships with government to the benefit of the people of the Free State.”
Guests who attended the launch were taken on a tour to view projects sites which include:
The Zamdela Schools eye screening and testing project
The overall objective of this project is to improve academic and sporting achievement in children through improved vision. Eye-testing in eight different primary schools is ongoing and it is estimated that almost 9000 learners will be tested over eight weeks in the Metsimaholo area. The distribution of glasses will begin on 10 September until 21 September 2012.
The Phela O Phedise home-based care
Also known as Zamdela Kitchen, the Phela O Phedise home-based care caters for 62 orphaned and vulnerable children of school going age by providing food once a day after school. Assistance with homework is also supplied by the ladies who run the kitchen.
The new kitchen, which will be stocked with furniture and appliances was commissioned to replace the rusting old structure, which was a poorly insulated container converted for kitchen use. Further donations, including clothes, will be made available to the clinic.
Zamdela Healthcare Pharmacy
Sasol revamped the Zamdela Healthcare Centre Pharmacy. The revamping included upgrading the waiting area, renovation of the passage walkway, development of new store rooms, shelving and air-conditioning, to name a few. One of the main objectives of renovating the pharmacy was to improve working conditions, work space, pharmacy operations and, as a result, service delivery.
The mobile clinic project
Furthermore, Sasol also sponsored the mobile clinic project, which supports the government’s strategy to increase the availability of ARV treatment. The objectives of the mobile clinic are to save the lives of patients by reducing premature death rates of HIV and TB by promoting early diagnosis; to assist state departments in reaching their roll out target of treatment to patients and to treat HIV patients in confidence within their own areas without stigmatising HIV treatment. The mobile clinic sponsorship included the donation of the vehicle and provision of medial stock and dual branding, among others.
Thusanang and Tsatsi Clinics also benefited greatly from Sasol’s CSI initiatives. Fencing at both clinics was rusted and dilapidated. Clinics were expected to grow vegetable gardens, but without proper demarcation and security. The fences from Sasol proved necessary.