Sasol and Same Foundation partner to upgrade schools

The South African Medical and Education Foundation (Same Foundation), in partnership with Sasol Energy, has been helping to improve the standard of science education at South African schools for over three years.


Manzomthombo Secondary School in Mfuleni, Khayelitsha, is one of the schools to benefit from the programme and recently had its science laboratory upgraded.

The township school suffers from poor infrastructure in a community that struggles with socio-economic inequality.

“I am proud of my learners, who kept punching above their weight. Their determination to get quality education has paid off, now that Sasol took note of our school and provided this facility. This will go a long way in improving the standard of teaching and learning at the school,” says Principal Christopher Mathiso.

According to Africa Check, 80% of South African schools were deemed dysfunctional in 2013 by then Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga.

Many schools in South Africa do not have the necessary support to deliver education effectively.

“Same Foundation is a national NPO with the mission of creating an environment where quality healthcare and education are available to all South Africans,” says Chairman Trevor Pols.

After being approached by the Western Cape Education Department to assist Manzomthombo, Same Foundation conducted preliminary investigations and budgeting before contacting Sasol Energy to fund the project.

With some 80% of South African schools deemed dysfunctional, the organisations are working together to boost the education system

Marketing and Public Affairs Officer of Sasol Corporate Social Investment, Ziyanda Makiwane, says that Same Foundation is an implementing organisation which raises funds and manages social investment allocation to improve the health and education environment in South Africa.

“The projects that Same implements are in line with Sasol’s Global Social Investment strategy, which prioritises programmes and projects in education, environment and community development,” says Makiwane.

Same Foundation and Sasol Energy work together in order to achieve a common goal.

 “We are the project managers. Our role is to identify projects, examine needs and sustainability, find funders, manage and complete the project to the set standards and report progress and successes back to funders and government,” says Pols.

Sasol Energy was responsible for upgrading the school’s under-resourced science laboratory. The science and energy company is also involved with other facets of education.