Sasol - Women The Major Beneficiaries In Sasols Significant R1,5 Billion Release Date: 22/09/2005 14:30:00 Code(s): SOL
Sasol - Women the major beneficiaries in Sasol"s significant R1,5 billion
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Women the major beneficiaries in Sasol"s significant R1,5 billion empowerment
South African energy and chemical company Sasol today announced that Tshwarisano
LFB Investment (Pty) Limited (Tshwarisano), its broad-based black economic
empowerment (BEE) partner, would acquire a 12,5% interest in Uhambo Oil Limited
(Uhambo Oil) for an amount of R 1,45 billion. The Uhambo Oil transaction is
subject to Competition Tribunal approval.
Sasol is providing considerable facilitation and support for Tshwarisano"s
financing requirements, which amount to about R1,1 billion. Sasol has provided
guarantees for this debt and has agreed not to recover guarantee fees, all of
which will significantly lower Tshwarisano"s cost of borrowing. In addition,
Sasol is contributing R45 milion to two trusts, aimed at empowering the severely
underprivileged, as well as Uhambo Oil staff and their families.
"These initiatives are aimed at reducing financing costs and improving the long-
term business benefits that will accrue to Tshwarisano"s broad base of
empowerment shareholders," says Sasol CE Pat Davies. "Sasol views transformation
in South Africa as a strategic business and moral imperative. We aspire to
advancing our empowerment initiatives in ways that are sustainable, credible and
of benefit to the Sasol group, all our stakeholders, and the country as a
whole," he adds
This follows the joint announcement by Sasol and Petronas of Malaysia in
November 2004 where the companies outlined plans to merge their respective
liquid fuels businesses, subject to the approval of the competition authorities,
into a large and robust joint entity to be named Uhambo Oil Limited. The joint
venture was proposed between the Sasol Liquid Fuel Business (previously Sasol
Oil), and Engen, the Southern African fuel company controlled by Petronas.
"After concluding and signing definitive agreements for this proposed merger, we
have been able to advance our empowerment plans in the liquid fuels business. As
a result, we are pleased to announce the formation of an empowerment partnership
with Tshwarisano . Tshwarisano will acquire a 12,5% interest in Uhambo Oil, if
the pending merger between our liquid fuels business and Engen is approved by
the Competition Tribunal," says Davies.
Other shareholders in Uhambo Oil will be Sasol and Petronas, both with 37,5%,
and Petronas" empowerment partner Afric Energy Resources with 12,5%. Competition
Tribunal hearings on the proposed joint venture take place next month.
If, for any reason, the Competition Tribunal does not rule in favour of the
merger, then Tshwarisano will become a 25% shareholder in Sasol"s liquid fuels
business rather than a 12,5% shareholder in Uhambo Oil.
The Empowerment Partners
Tshwarisano is a broad-based consortium comprising many historically
disadvantaged groups. Promoted by Dr Penuell Maduna, Ms Hixonia Nyasulu and Mr
Reuel Khoza, who, through various businesses, will collectively hold about 30%
of equity in Tshwarisano, other key shareholders owning the majority 70% of
PulaNala, an Mpumalanga-based consortium comprising various 100% black-owned
groupings and associations. These include the Embalenhle Association for the
Aged, the Basizeni School for the Disabled, Phakamani Women"s Projects, Youth
for Revolution of Goodwill, the Zimeleni Disabled Association and the Thanda
Empowerment Trust, which has a presence in 30 Mpumalanga townships;
Lelethu Energy and Mineral Group which comprises many 100% black-owned groups
mainly domiciled in the Eastern Cape. These include Kholekani Investments, the
Early Bird Sewing project, the Masibambane Disabled Centre, the Galacia
Investment Trust and the Ikwezi Youth Development. Nearly 80% of this group is
represented by women;
Tswelopele Mineral and Energy Holdings which includes various 100% black-owned
groups such as the Uphaphe Empowerment Trust, Kopano Utilities and Resources (a
Cosatu investment company) and Libalele Property Enterprises, an urban women"s
Amandl"Embokodo is a wholly black-owned women"s consortium with about 1 400
direct beneficiaries and an estimated 250 000 indirect beneficiaries. The main
groups involved include Dyonodisani Women in Oil, Gas and Energy (Pty) Limited,
Fukama Trust, Helping Hand Investment Holding (Pty) Limited, Motsheo Trust and
African Women in Mining and Energy Focus.
previous Exel shareholders will hold about 47% of the equity in Tshwarisano.
Major participants include Nozweni (Pty) Limited, the Autoworkers provident and
pension funds and Phakisang Investments (Pty) Limited.
Nozweni is jointly owned by the Nozala Trust and Nozala Resources. The Nozala
Trust is established for the benefit of about 500 000 needy and mostly rural
women. Nozala Resources is represented by a number of prominent business women
and contributes 20% of its dividends to the Nozala Trust for upliftment
The Autoworkers provident and pension funds have about 145 000 members who
mostly work in retail fuel service stations. More than 98% of the beneficiaries
of these funds are black people.
Phakisang Investments is represented by previous long-serving shareholders in
Exel who have had, or continue to have, investments in retail fuel service
Sasol is also establishing the Batho Trust within Tshwarisano for the benefit of
the severely under-privileged and poor. "We will facilitate R30 million to its
formation. Independent trustees will be appointed to administer this trust on
behalf of the beneficiaries," says Sasol deputy CE Trevor Munday.
He adds that Sasol is also contributing another R15 million to the establishment
within Tshwarisano of an Uhambo Employees Trust for the intended benefit of
Uhambo Oil employees and their families. "Petronas has confirmed its intention
also to contribute to this employees" trust," says Munday.
"We are particularly pleased about the broad composition profile of Tshwarisano.
The direct beneficiaries of Tshwarisano number many hundreds of thousands of
historically disadvantaged South Africans. More than 50% are women. The indirect
beneficiaries number an estimated three million people," says Tshwarisano
chairman Dr Penuell Maduna. He adds that beneficiaries also include the youth,
the disabled and rural communities.
Maduna, who as Tshwarisano"s lead promoter worked with Sasol to structure the
broad-based empowerment consortium, says that by providing its balance sheet as
a guarantee for the debt financing, Sasol"s empowerment shareholders are in a
much stronger position to accrue considerable long-term business benefits.
"Sasol has ensured that this is a sustainable empowerment transaction," says
"Traditionally, in all the BEE deals done so far, women have been an after-
thought. The difference here is that women are leading the deal - 54% of the
value of the deal goes to women beneficiaries," says Tshwarisano promoter
The facilitation by Sasol
Sasol has worked with the promoters and advisors of Tshwarisano for about a year
to develop this empowerment transaction, says Munday. He adds that the specific
objectives of the transaction were to ensure that:
- it will be enduringly broad-based with a high proportion of women
- all shareholdings will be financially secure and unencumbered as soon as
possible so that benefits will flow to the beneficiaries within a
reasonable time period; and
- the broad-based beneficiaries" shareholdings will be properly governed.
"In pursuit of these objectives we have provided independent and ongoing
business, financial and legal advice to the promoters and Tshwarisano," says
Specifically, Sasol will:
- through Sasol Financing (Pty) Limited, and jointly with JP Morgan and
Nedbank, arrange and structure the senior-debt financing required by
Tshwarisano amounting to about R1,1 billion;
- provide guarantees for this debt to the participating banks which will
lower the cost of borrowing to be incurred by Tshwarisano during the debt
term by an estimated R450 million;
- waive and not recover guarantee fees which would normally be charged to the
beneficiaries resulting in a further benefit to Tshwarisano of R170
- pay advising, arranging and structuring fees to Tshwarisano"s advisors
amounting to about R80 million.
"The total financial facilitation and support provided by Sasol amounts to
nearly R1 billion, of which R620 million is provided through the benefit of
guarantees," says Munday. "The balance is provided through payment of
Tshwarisano costs, the formation of trusts and the discount from full valuation
provided to Tshwarisano for its shareholding."
Munday says that this discount recognises the value its participation offers
Sasol in terms of business sustainability and future credibility in South
Africa. "It is envisaged that considerable longer term business benefits will
accrue to shareholders as a result of this discount and the empowered status of
Uhambo Oil, or should the joint venture not be allowed, Sasol"s liquid fuels
Nyasulu adds: "The Sasol guarantee means that the banks will lend to Tshwarisano
at about the same rate that they would have lent to Sasol."
Uhambo Oil: the business Tshwarisano is investing in
Subject to the approval by the Competition Tribunal, the planned merging of
Sasol"s liquid fuels business with Engen to form Uhambo Oil will result in the
largest liquid fuels business in South Africa.
Supported by component supplies from Sasol"s synthetic fuels facilities at
Secunda, Sasol"s share of the Natref crude oil refinery in Sasolburg and Engen"s
crude oil refinery at Durban, Uhambo Oil will produce about 48% and market about
34% of South Africa"s liquid fuels. Uhambo Oil will market fuel to retail and
commercial customers throughout the continent. It will comprise some 1 600
retail service stations branded as Engen, Sasol and Exel. The joint venture will
have operations in 14 African countries and its geographic scope will include
the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.
The joint venture is considered to be a merger of equals. It will be a business
with substantial scale that will provide opportunities for significant synergies
Tshwarisano will benefit from the value-chain benefits and combining of skills
and strengths that the formation of Uhambo Oil will offer, subject to the
approval by the Competition Tribunal. It will take part in all the synergies
derived from the proposed merger of Sasol and Engen - from the production and
fuel refining businesses right through to the retail forecourts throughout sub-
"Tshwarisano means `pulling together" in Sesotho. This is an apt name for our
empowerment partner for our liquid fuels business. Jointly we will pull together
to grow the South African economy and `reach new frontiers"," says Davies.
22 September 2005
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