True innovation has to be looked at within the context of the world in which we live in, which is a place of infinite growth and finite resources. Each positive innovation has to be a step (no matter how small) towards reversing this trend, as well as contributing to the upliftment of society as a whole.
Invent Africa takes a close look at some of the initiatives undertaken by Sasol Business Ventures, which cover a wide spectrum of creativity and application. Ranging from profit oriented businesses to organizations that operate within the social economy, all projects share a common goal of making a sustainable difference through job creation and income generation.
On 31 October 2011, Sasol Chemcity launched South Africa's first eco- industrial park, situated in Sasolburg in the Free State.
Chemcity Eco Industrial Park
Tzaneen Demonstration Centre
Launched on the 21st of October, the demonstration center is empowering and enriching the local community through skills development that focuses on local resources
Laxey Integrated Energy Centre
In the remote small town of Laxey, a fuels forecourt, a store, a bakery and a vegetable garden provide each other with content and customers to create sustainable development and employment.
Break-through housing achievement through 'Ash Benefication'
Mike Symons has lots of great ideas…One of them was so good that ChemCity, a major bank, the biggest waste company on the continent and a top financial consulting firm, all came together to provide one of the best answers yet to the housing shortage.
Ikageng Old Age Relief Centre, Sharpeville
Ikageng is a thriving hub of activity where age is nothing but a number... Home baking, candle making, perfume sales, cleaning agents, a creche and numerous other endeavors all help to bring in the funds needed to keep the day care going. Life is a verb and people of Ikageng are living proof of this.
Sasol Business Ventures retured to Scifest, focusing on Entrepreneurship as a viable career alternative.Through its practical illustrations, experiential approach to learning, and interesting open innovation sessions, Sasol Business Ventures illustrates how a keen eye, enquiring mind and a passion for science can help you make money.
Ecklonia health and beauty product
From weeds to riches, entrepreneur Dawn Christie has unlocked the secrets of Ecklonia, a nutrient rich seeweed found along the Southern coast of South Africa. Using a unique cold-press process to extract the elements, Working with ChemCity, Dawn has developed Ecklon to become an internationally recognized health and beauty product.
Solar Heating Initiative
Sasol Chemcity join forces with Eskom to empower staff members to save electricity and money.