Sibanye-Stillwater, AngloGold Ashanti, Sasol and Imperial Logistics in South Africa have jointly formed a partnership for the production and distribution of 95,550 litres of hand sanitisers in some parts of the country.

The sanitisers are being produced by Sasol and will be distributed by Sibanye-Stillwater. School, health facilities and taxi ranks within Sibanye-Stillwater and AngloGold Ashanti’s host and labour sending communities are the targeted places.

The communities where Sibanye-Stillwater and AngloGold Ashanti operates are in the Free State, Mpumalanga, North West, Limpopo and Gauteng provinces. The distribution will also be made in some regions in the Eastern Cape.

Sasol, Sibanye-Stillwater and AngloGold Ashanti will share the cost of the production. Sasol has appointed the toll manufacturer and will supervise the production, packaging and preparation for safe transportation of the hand sanitiser.

These are comments from representatives of the four companies on the partnership:

The Chief Executive of Sibanye-Stillwater, Neal Froneman said, “The safety, health and wellbeing of our employees is our primary concern and our focus of providing a safe working environment is unwavering. We also recognise the need to work with government to support communities that host our operations in managing the scourge of Covid-19. Our contribution will benefit schools, health facilities and taxi ranks and we welcome the collaboration with Sasol, Imperial and AngloGold Ashanti to support local communities.”

The Senior Vice President of Sasol’s Base Chemicals division, Thabiet Booley said, “Sasol recognises its duty and responsibility to support our customers, communities and society at large in these challenging and uncertain times. Through our strategic partnership with Sibanye-Stillwater, AngloGold Ashanti, and Imperial Logistics, we are pleased that our internally produced sanitisers will provide Sibanye-Stillwater’s and AngloGold Ashanti’s host and labour sending communities with hand disinfection hygiene support to reduce the risk of Covid-19.”

The Vice President: Health, AngloGold Ashanti, Dr Bafedile Chauke said, “The partnership aims to augment the impact of our relief efforts, and importantly, enhancing general hand hygiene, which remains an effective line of defence. As we tackle the current unprecedented health emergency, it is crucial that we protect the most vulnerable in our country.”

The Group Chief Executive of Imperial Group, Mohammed Akoojee concluded: “We are united in the mission to keep communities safe from infection. We are honoured and humbled to play a part in delivering much-needed goods and some peace of mind in these highly uncertain times.”