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Sasol Eco Industrial Park launched to promote greener businesses

Sasol's enterprise development vehicle, Sasol ChemCity, together with the executive mayor of the Metsimaholo municipality and other key role-players, today launched phase one of their Eco Industrial Park in Sasolburg. Situated in the industrial hub of the Free State, the site will provide a reliable supply of utilities, support services and infrastructure, to ensure an environment that is conducive to successful production, logistics and marketing.

Sasol ChemCity has aligned and integrated with the Metsimaholo and Fezile Dabi Municipalities' Integrated Development Plans which aim to stimulate the local economy through sustainable job creation opportunities and attracting investment into the area. The multi million rand site will ensure the occupants receive the benefits of a conventional industrial park with an additional benefit of being environmentally friendly.

One of the primary attributes, which sets the park apart, is its ability to minimize its carbon footprint with a long-term strategy to implement carbon reduction projects. Mechanisms are in place for entrepreneurs to utilize alternate building technologies, solar geysers, solar panels and other eco friendly tools. By bringing revolutionary thinking to the conventional buzz around industrial parks, the project hopes to promote a green building philosophy in other regions, in time to come.

Sasol ChemCity is also in discussion with various partner organizations to co-fund the establishment of a mixed-use business incubator. The incubator will provide a wide range of business development support services, shared resources and infrastructure to support the establishment of new enterprises, and fast-track the growth of existing small enterprises. One of its main roles will be to facilitate business linkages between existing large companies and incubates, as well as host various training and capacity building programs.

Brutus Mahlangu, executive mayor of the Metsimaholo municipality said, "This project is a prime example of an effective collaboration - one which will bode well for our future generations. Not only will it assist to reduce carbon emissions, but it also encourages and promotes responsible industry development."

Phase one of the site has just over 100 stands available for sale, and together with the proposed business incubator, will be able to cater for the business needs of hundreds of businesses. Occupants will also benefit from the location, as the park is in close proximity to other large industries, has access to locally skilled labour force and existing road infrastructure to export/import hubs. But the cherry on top for most occupants will be the 10 year rates and tax holiday until 31 December 2018 which is in place for all occupants.

Sasol ChemCity managing director, Bridgitte Backman, said the site is an important step towards a greener and more effective business practice, for both the entrepreneurial and environmental community. "Through strategic partnerships we are delivering projects which not only meet international standards but also talk to our South African needs. Sasol ChemCity is committed to playing a strong and constructive role in the South African business environment, and to supporting government's objectives of socio-

For more information contact Jacqui O'Sullivan, Sasol GM Group communication on tel: +27 11 441 3202; Cell: +27 82 883 9697; or email: jacqui.osullivan@sasol.com.

 

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