Sasol Mining’s R200m social investment around the Govan Mbeki Municipality, in Mpumalanga, kicked off this week through delivery of suction trucks that will empty the pits and drains in the area on a weekly basis to prevent the occurrence and the spread of water borne diseases to the 3 000 member community of Charl Cilliers.
Sasol Mining operates one of the world’s largest underground coal-mining complexes around the impoverished area. The group said the initiative forms part of its recently launched Social Labour Plans and the R100 million to be invested by Sasol in the region in the coming year. Sasol Mining and other mining have gone aggressive in show casing their social development programmes with concerns that many mining communities are growing hostile against miners.
As part of the suction trucks delivery statement Sasol said its commitment to its home-base, South Africa is showcased through a 14% increase in capital expenditure locally in the past financial year to R18.8 billion. This represents about 70% of total capital expenditure. The group also said it will invest R200 million in the Govan Mbeki Municipality in Mpumalanga and the Metsimaholo Municipality to enhance the sustainable development of the communities in both regions, over and above Sasol’s existing social investment.
On the suction trucks the group said each truck has a capacity of 10 000 litres and is scheduled to empty pits twice a day. This will remove 40 000 litres of sewage sludge per day from Charl Cilliers and transport it to the Evander sewage plant of the GMM. The trucks are valued at R3,5 million and the operators and drivers have already been trained on the sophisticated technology installed.
“For our communities to thrive, they must first be afforded healthy and hygienic living conditions. At Sasol we believe in the philosophy of strengthening communities and through this investment the community of Charl Cilliers will have access to daily sewage removal which lessens the risk of contaminated water and unhygienic conditions. The provision of basic services will positively impact the vitality and health of this community,” says Nzama Baloyi, General Manager, Sasol Mining.
“This project marks another step towards developing communities in the Govan Mbeki Municipality and ensuring they are healthy. Our sustainable development depends on building strong and mutually beneficial relationships and we will continue to invest in our communities,” said Maurice Radebe, Group Executive, Sasol.