Washington, D.C. 20549






Report of Foreign Private Issuer


Pursuant to Rule 13a -16 or 15d -16 of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Report on Form 6-K for December 11, 2003


Sasol Limited

1 Sturdee Avenue

Rosebank 2196

South Africa


(Name and address of registrant’s principal executive office)



(Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F.)


Form 20-F  ý                         Form 40-F o



Media Release dated 10 December 2003 : Sasol Advances BEE Objectives







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: December 11, 2003











/s/  N L Joubert




Name: Nereus Louis Joubert



Title:    Company Secretary






10 December 2003


Sasol advances BEE objectives


Following a scheduled hearing, the Competition Tribunal today unconditionally approved the application to merge the businesses of Sasol Oil and Exel Petroleum, effectively establishing the largest integrated liquid fuels business in Southern Africa. The approval follows an in-depth analysis of the merger and its potential impact on the local liquid fuels market by the Competition Commission, who subsequently recommended unconditional approval to the Tribunal.


Exel, which was initiated by Sasol some years ago as an empowerment venture in liquid fuels retailing, has developed with Sasol’s support and the drive and innovative spirit of its black management into the most successful BEE business in the fuel retailing sector.  The integration of Exel into the Sasol Liquid Fuels Business (LFB) marks a significant first step towards Sasol achieving its own strategic objectives while fulfilling the requirements of the Liquid Fuels Charter. In terms of the Charter 25% of all facets of the industry are to be owned by historically disadvantaged South Africans by 2010. From Exel’s perspective, the merger will give the company access to technology and capital for expansion and growth, which will ensure its competitiveness and long-term sustainability.


The merged entity will incorporate all of the liquid fuels interests of both companies and will encompass the entire value chain including crude oil procurement and processing at the Natref refinery (in which Sasol holds a 64% interest), the blending of products from Sasol’s synfuels refinery at Secunda and the marketing and distribution of fuels in retail and commercial markets.


Clearly delighted with the speedy processing of the merger application (it was submitted on 1 October this year) and the positive outcome, Sasol chief executive Pieter Cox said, “We appreciate the excellent work done by the Competition Commission and are gratified by the confidence expressed in the LFB. We are eager to prove that confidence well founded.”  Equally thrilled at the Competition Tribunal’s approval, Exel chairman Jomo Sono says, “Today heralds the start of a new era for the liquid fuels sector in South Africa. Exel has been transformed instantly from the most successful black empowered fuel company in South Africa into an integral component of South Africa’s biggest and most competitive fuel company. I am proud that we have managed to secure a deal with Sasol - a truly South African company whose roots and allegiance are to our country. The future looks robust.”





For more information, please contact:


Johann van Rheede

Media manager

Sasol group communication & brand management


+27 (0)11 441 3295


+27 (0) 82 329 0186





Sasol, with a market capitalization of approximately USD 9 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:


Exel Petroleum (Proprietary) Limited (Exel) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Naledi Petroleum Holdings (Proprietary) Limited and has been partnered by Sasol since its inception in 1997. The company has grown and prospered in the intervening years, and currently operates 189 service stations across the country together accounting for 3.7% of the petrol and 7.0% of the diesel market. Turnover topped R2 billion (excluding levies) in 2002, while operating profit amounting to R100 million is forecast for 2003.



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