Energy and chemical company, Sasol along with Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Thoko Didiza, on behalf of Ondersterpoort Biological Products, donated 80 000 litres of hand sanitisers to help fight the spread of Covid-19 in schools.
This was well-received by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Monday as it comes just in time for the final group of learners to return to schools around the country as part of the phased reopening of schools.
“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. We are a very big system and every donation makes a huge difference,” said the Minister.
The handover of hand sanitisers from Sasol took place at Sasol Bowling in Johannesburg, followed by the donation from Ondersterpoort Biological Products in Pretoria.
Considering the government’s limited access to resources, Motshekga said that her department had to rethink its budget and how the money will be spent to combat the safety challenges brought by the pandemic.
“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,” Motshekga said, adding that the national treasury had not offered more money.
“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.”
Gao Mothoagae, Sasol Vice President for Social Investment, said that this sanitiser initiative, which has been running for 4 months already, was the energy company’s way of contributing to the fight against the coronavirus.
“We are so proud about what we have been able to do in collaboration with our base energy team and Sasol energy team, and all our teams to be able to deliver solutions that impact and protect the right to life for so many,” said Mothoagae.