Sasol begins major plant maintenance

Sasol begins major plant maintenance
SHUTDOWN: South African synthetic fuel producer Sasol has embarked on major maintenance work to replace thousands of parts and equipment at it's Secunda plant. PICTURE BY Daily Advent

The work will involve replacing 7, 536 pieces of equipment.

Sasol has announced they are busy with their regular shut down for major maintenance work to replace thousands of parts and equipment.

The maintenance will be done at the energy giant’s Secunda plant.

Machines on sites will involve around 205 cranes, a project that will run until the end of September 2021.

Around 20 000 people are employed for the duration of the shutdown to form part of the 580 welding teams that are on site.

The company said the work will involve 102,000 activities – to repair, clean, service or replace 7,536 pieces of equipment.

It also announced that those entering their premises as workers will have to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test which was taken in the last 7 days.

Tests will be repeated during the course of the shutdown and those wishing to be vaccinated can do so as the company has partnered with the provincial government to support the vaccination of workers and service providers.

The company added that vaccination is not mandatory, meaning that you can not be chased out of work if you are not vaccinated but the testing is mandatory.

Sasol said it just wants its employees to be careful: wear masks, wash hands and practice social distancing.

Workers representative Riaan Visser said, “Vaccinations must always be done on a voluntary basis and employers cannot attempt to impose unreasonable negative requirements on their employees if they decide against it or have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated.”

(edited by MLM)

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