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Date: 
25 April 2020

Sasol has been informed by members of the eMbalenhle community of forming of cracks in the ground and structures near Extension 22. After undertaking an investigation, Sasol has established that the surface structures were built on an area where Sasol completed underground coal mining operations. This area is no longer operational and mining activity was completed before these structures were built.

The mining experts who conducted the investigation are compiling the necessary reports which will provide clarity on the exact cause of the cracks forming and to establish the role that mining activities played.

It must be noted that the construction of buildings on land where underground mining took place is strictly regulated. Although building plans of structures to be erected on such land must be approved by the local municipality, the Mine Health and Safety Act prescribes additional processes and approvals that local authorities should follow.

We are cooperating with the Govan Mbeki Municipality to establish the nature of the structures and their foundations, and whether the applicable building regulations and title deed restrictions dealing with the construction of these structures on undermined land were followed.

Furthermore, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has also been notified.

Notwithstanding this regrettable incident and inconvenience to some residents, Sasol Mining will continue to take reasonable measures to establish the cause of the incident and advise the local municipality on appropriate steps to take to address this matter.

We will keep all stakeholders updated as appropriate as this process unfolds.

 

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