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22 May 2017

At approximately 07:45 on the 22 May 2017, an explosion occurred at Natref in Sasolburg in the vicinity of the hydrogen compressors. Eight people were treated for shock, three for dust inhalation and four for minor injuries. Natref’s emergency services were activated immediately, all personnel evacuated from the area and the situation promptly brought under control.

Operating units in the vicinity of the hydrogen compressors have been shut down and a detailed investigation into the incident has commenced.  Production in areas that were not affected by the incident continues and there is currently sufficient stock to meet customer and market supply requirements.

Natref takes incidents of this nature very seriously. The safety and well-being of our employees, service providers and communities remains a priority.


Natref’s emergency services have been dispatched and all personnel evacuated from the area.

No injuries have been reported at this stage. The priority is to ensure the safety of all personnel and the community.

Further updates will be provided as soon as further information becomes available.

For further enquiries please contact:

Alex Anderson

Head | Group Media Relations, Sasol Limited

Mobile: +27 71 600 9605

Email: alex.anderson@sasol.com

Sasol may, in this document, make certain statements that are not historical facts and relate to analyses and other information which are based on forecasts of future results and estimates of amounts not yet determinable. These statements may also relate to our future prospects, developments and business strategies. Examples of such
forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding exchange rate fluctuations, volume growth, increases in market share, total shareholder return, executing our growth projects and cost reductions, including in connection with our Business Performance Enhancement Programme and Response Plan. Words such as “believe”, “anticipate”, “expect”, “intend”, “seek”, “will”, “plan”, “could”, “may”, “endeavour”, “target”, “forecast” and “project” and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and there are risks that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not be achieved. If one or more of these risks materialise, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results may differ materially from those anticipated. You should understand that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the plans, objectives, expectations, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements. These factors are discussed more fully in our most recent annual report on Form 20-F filed on 27 September 2016 and in other filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The list of factors discussed therein is not exhaustive; when relying on forward-looking statements to make investment decisions, you should carefully consider both these factors and other uncertainties and events. Forward-looking statements apply only as of the date on which they are made, and we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any of them, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Please note: A billion is defined as one thousand million. All references to years refer to the financial year ended 30 June. Any reference to a calendar year is prefaced by the word “calendar”.

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