Basic Education Minister, Mrs Angie Motshekga, received two significant donations of sanitisers on 31 August 2020, to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in schools. The handover of 80,000 litres of hand sanitisers from Sasol took place at Sasol Bowling in Johannesburg, followed by the donation from Ondersterpoort Biological Products in Pretoria.
Energy and chemical company Sasol, and Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Thoko Didiza, donated the sanitisers on behalf of Ondersterpoort Biological Products.
“I want to sincerely thank Sasol for this donation because it has allowed us to open schools safely. Education is very important and a lifeline for poor children. Covid-19 has brought a new dynamic, which is not only disrupting our schooling time, but also our resources. The money that we were supposed to use for sanitation infrastructure had to be used for sanitisers, masks and all sorts of things, which were not part of our plan. Treasury said to us there is no new money, reprioritise within your budget. We had to take money from other budgets to deal with this main factor of safety in our schools,” the Minister said.
Sasol Vice President for Social Investment, Mr Gao Mothoagae, said that “the initiative was the company’s way of contributing to the fight against Covid-19. This sanitiser initiative has been running for the last four months. We are so proud about what we have been able to do in collaboration with our base energy team and the Sasol energy team to be able to deliver solutions that impact and protect the right to life for so many”.