Green Eden Nursery is another local SMME assisted by Sasol’s Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme. Their relationship with Sasol started in 2013, having 16 employees. They increased their staff complement to 50 employees while also growing their annual turnover by more than 100%. Green Eden renders a number of services to Sasol, from tending to gardens, to weed control and supplying of indigenous trees, in particular during Arbor Day. The owner of Green Eden Nursery, Khathutshelo Maseleni specialises in indigenous trees, working with the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Centre for Environmental Management at the North-West University. This work relates to the planting of indigenous trees and furthering biodiversity.
They also grew their staff complement from 30 in 2013 to 130 in 2019. They acquired their first contract with Sasol for plant and office cleaning, but were able to expand their services to include load securement that has since become their primary business. They also do material distribution and render a material handling service. There are a number of other initiatives in and around Sasolburg through which Sasol promotes entrepreneurship development. As part of Sasol’s Social Investment initiatives training opportunities include the Sasol-NWU Enterprising Women Programme, the Sasol VUT Entrepreneurship programme and the Sasol Youth Development Programme done in partnership with the Metsimaholo Local Municipality and the Free State Department of Public Works and Infrastructure.
“Our aim is to enable economic inclusion and access for small businesses, to contribute to economic growth, through our economic transformation programme.” Rightwell Laxa, Senior Vice President, Sasolburg Operations.