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Report on Form 6-K for October 1, 2003

Sasol Limited

1 Sturdee Avenue

Rosebank 2196

South Africa


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Media Release : Sasol Oil and Exel plan merger











Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant, Sasol Limited, has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.





Date: October 1, 2003


/s/ N L Joubert


Name:  Nereus Louis Joubert


Title: Company Secretary







(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)

(Registration number 1979/003231/06)

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(ISIN: ZAE000006896)









Sasol Oil and Exel Petroleum plan merger


In a first step towards establishing an empowered liquid fuels business, Sasol Oil and Exel Petroleum today applied to the Competition Commission for approval to merge their businesses.


Sasol chief executive, Pieter Cox said that if the merger is approved, the merged company — Sasol Liquid Fuels Business (“LFB”) — will incorporate all of the liquid fuels interests of both Sasol and Exel Petroleum.


A response by the Competition Authority is expected by no later than 31 December 2003. Approval would enable the merged liquid fuels business to launch its operation on 1 January 2004, which will also coincide with the termination of the long standing Main Supply and Blue Pump agreements. Sasol gave notice of its intention to end these agreements five years ago and they expire at the end of December 2003.


Cox said South African motorists would experience an excellent level of service and convenience at the ultra-modern Sasol service stations being opened in all provinces. Sasol will continue to utilise the successful Exel brand and continue to roll out service stations in Exel colours.


Exel chairman Jomo Sono said Exel will gain substantially: “We shall cover the entire value chain. We have a secure supply of product from the industry leader. We will have greater access to capital and technology for future expansion — and the prospect of a meaningful share of SA’s biggest and most competitive fuel company.”


The LFB will include all of the two companies’ assets in the liquid fuels business.  They will cover the entire value chain commencing with crude oil procurement for Sasol’s 64% stake in the Natref refinery and receiving blending components from the Synfuel refinery in Secunda.  All of Sasol Oil’s and Exel Petroleum’s assets in distribution and marketing will be added as well as Sasol Oil’s assets in the marketing and storage of Fuel Oil and its shareholding in companies such as Tosas (road binder business) and FFS (Fuel Firing Systems).





The Liquid Fuels Charter defines that empowerment needs to take place in companies that are integrated and exposed to all facets of the value chain.


Cox said he agreed with the provisions of the Charter that stated that companies exposed to only one segment of the value chain were not sustainable in the long run.  The new company will straddle the industry’s production and distribution chain and will be able to effectively compete with the other multi-national oil companies based in South Africa.


Maurice Radebe, managing director of Exel Petroleum, will be managing director of the Fuels Marketing Division of the restructured company.


Cox said:  “This transaction is a major win for both sides.  Sasol gains a proven empowerment partner, a partner we know well and admire.  The transaction helps us to comply with the Charter and launches us on the way to true empowerment.  It also gives us greater access to the retail and commercial markets.


“We have worked closely with Exel Petroleum since its establishment in 1997.  Under the leadership of chairman Jomo Sono and managing director Maurice Radebe, Exel Petroleum has grown and prospered.


“Turnover was more than R2,3-billion (excluding levies) last year and operating profit this year is expected to be over R100-million.  It has reached a 3,7% share of the petrol market and 7,0% share of the diesel market for the month of June 2003.  It has 189 service stations and many loyal customers.”





For more information, please contact:


Johann van Rheede

Sasol Group Communication: Media Manager

Telephone             +27 11 441-3295

Mobile                   082 329 0186



Sasol, with a market capitalization of approximately USD 7 billion, is an integrated oil and gas group with substantial chemical interests.  Based in South Africa and operating in 15 other countries throughout the world, Sasol is the leading provider of liquid fuels in South Africa and a major international producer of chemicals, using a world leading technology for the commercial production of synthetic fuels and chemicals from low grade coal. In the future Sasol expects to apply this technology to convert natural gas to diesel and chemicals. Sasol manufactures over 200 fuel and chemical products





 that are sold in more than 90 countries and also operates coal mines to provide feedstock for synthetic fuels and chemical plants. The company also manufactures and markets synthesis gas and operates the only inland crude oil refinery in South Africa. Internet address:


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