The COVID-19 pandemic has presented innumerable challenges to government and some businesses have come to the fore to assist.

One of those businesses is Sasol which has, among other things, provided one million litres of jet fuel to government to help the repatriation of citizens stranded aboard.

Jet fuel is, however, just one facet of what Sasol has done to support government.

The firm says that it has donated over 12 000 masks, 36 000 pairs of gloves and 5 000 safety suits to its fenceline communities.

“While as Sasol we have seen some impact on our organization and our people due to COVID-19, we recognise our duty and deeper responsibility to support our fenceline communities, government, and society at large, in these challenging and uncertain times,” vice president of social investment at Sasol, Gaopaleloe Mothoagae.

“Sasol has consistently supported Humanitarian Emergency Aid efforts over the years and will continue to do so through our accelerated response in the fight to combat the spread of COVID-19,” Mothoagae added.

The firm has also said that it has repurposed a mobile science laboratory into a travelling testing unit. This testing unit will be loaned to the Gauteng Department of Health.

This testing unit also helps support the Nasrec Quarantine Centre by testing in Ormonde, Soweto and Riverlea.

“We expect that our service stations in the vicinity will become increasingly busy due to their proximity to the centre. Therefore, it is critical that they are prepared. We will be providing additional training in the areas of safety awareness, facility operations and customer service,” said vice president of energy retail at Sasol, Mahomed Carrim.

Sasol Foundation has also partnered with various entities to provide free online Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses for Grade R to Grade 12 learners.

The firm has also partnered with the Department of Basic Education and Africa Teen Geeks to prove access to the Lockdown Digital School which launched right as South Africa’s national lockdown began.

Furthermore, Sasol has donated over 8 000 litres of sanitiser to the City of Joburg, City of Tshwane and City of Ekurhuleni. In total 36 000 litres of sanitiser have been donated to franchisees and Sasol’s surrounding communities.

“Our support as Sasol is part of our continuing commitment to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of its stakeholders and surrounding communities in Gauteng as well as Sasol’s host communities,” concluded Mothoagae.