highlights of operations
Chevron is a leading refiner and marketer of petroleum products in South Africa. We do business through our subsidiary Chevron South Africa (Pty) Limited.
Our network of Caltex® service stations helps make us one of the country’s top four petroleum brands. We operate a refinery in Cape Town and a lubricants plant in Durban.
For more than a century, Chevron has played a significant role in the country’s economy. As a result of our commitment to the South African principles of transformation, Chevron South Africa has received an upper level Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment rating for our industry.
Chevron South Africa is also a responsible corporate citizen, promoting health, education and economic development.
In South Africa, we do business through our subsidiary Chevron South Africa (Pty) Limited.
Chevron South Africa has a crude oil refinery in Cape Town that produces gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, liquefied petroleum gas and other products for South Africa, and it exports to other African countries. The refinery has a crude oil input capacity of 110,000 barrels per day.
Cape Town is home to a sizable supply and trading team. The unit manages Chevron’s supply, maximizing our crude oil revenues while reducing the cost of raw materials and transportation in South Africa.
Chevron South Africa has a lubricants manufacturing plant in Durban and maintains a laboratory and blending plant there.
Chevron markets its products in South Africa under the Caltex brand—one of the country’s top petroleum brands—with more than 845 service stations nationwide. These retail outlets sell transportation fuels, all containing Chevron’s proprietary Techron additive, and a range of Caltex-branded lubricants. Caltex Havoline® and Delo® lubricants are also available throughout South Africa, through authorized distributors and at auto parts stores.
A consortium of Black Economic Empowerment shareholders and an employee trust hold a 25 percent interest in Chevron South Africa (Pty) Limited.
in the community
Chevron’s social investment programs in South Africa promote sustained socioeconomic growth through our three key focus areas: education, health and economic development.
In South Africa, Chevron focuses on improving instruction in science, technology and mathematics, which is in line with the government’s strategy to strengthen education and skills development.
Chevron funds the Maths and Science Incubator School Programme at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. The program, which received a Gold Award from the Impumelelo Social Innovations Centrea, uses a unique technology-based teaching and learning model. Each student in the program receives a tablet computer loaded with the mathematics and science curriculum for the 11th and 12th grades. The tablet with its software serves as a tutor that is available to the student at any time, seven days a week.
Chevron funded the construction and resourcing of a new science learning center at Bosmansdam High School in Bothasig, near our Cape Town Refinery. The fully equipped science center has an interactive white board that enables students to connect via satellite to additional educational resources at similar facilities. The center, which was built to the specifications of the University of the Western Cape’s Science Learning Centre for Africa, is designed to enhance math and science literacy for the school’s 820 students.
Literacy is fundamental to all areas of learning and unlocks access to a wider learning curriculum. Chevron funded the renovation, restocking and operating expenses of the Inkwenkwezi Secondary School library. The library is now stocked with books that meet government curriculum requirements, and it provides students with a safe space where they can organize themselves into study groups, conduct research and prepare for exams. In addition, Chevron has paid for the construction, stocking and operating expenses of a library at Dunoon Primary School. Chevron employees volunteer at the school and lead reading lessons for primary school students.
Chevron worked in partnership with the North Star Alliance to start a roadside wellness clinic at the Caltex truck stop in Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal, along one of the busiest transportation routes in Africa. The initiative focuses on transportation workers, a group identified as being one of the most at risk for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
In partnership with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, Chevron also funds the Kethuphila Youth Centre, which offers youth health services as well as study and recreational facilities. The aim is to curb high-risk sexual behavior, answer concerns about HIV testing and address feelings of vulnerability among youths in the Masiphumelele Township.
community and economic development
Chevron’s efforts to help build stronger communities extend to projects that can generate employment. Chevron works to create job opportunities and supports small business development and income-generating projects for women and youth.
We support the advancement of rural women through a program that combines microfinance with health education that focuses on HIV infection, gender norms, domestic violence and sexuality. The IMAGE program (Intervention With Microfinance for AIDS and Gender Equity) aims to improve the economic well-being and independence of communities, reduce vulnerability to both HIV and gender-based violence, and promote community-based efforts to address common concerns. As a result, nearly 25,000 women in three provinces have improved their circumstances in a number of ways:
- Economically – Being able to afford basic needs, such as food, clothing and school fees
- Materially – Adding household assets, such as appliances, furniture and other home improvements
- Personally – Improving self-confidence, challenging gender norms, gaining autonomy in decision making and improving problem-solving skills
In 2013, the American Chamber of Commerce honored Chevron with a Gold Award for its partnership with IMAGE.
Chevron supports the Amy Biehl Foundation, which offers children from impoverished communities hope for a brighter future. The foundation’s programs provide educational and cultural activities that help young people cope with negative influences in their daily lives, such as HIV/AIDS, poverty, gangs, violence and crime.
record of achievement
Chevron South Africa has played an important role in helping to meet the country’s fuel needs since 1911.
In 1936, a partnership between Chevron and Texaco created Caltex. In 1966, Caltex bolstered our standing as a key investor in South Africa with the construction of a refinery in Cape Town.
supporting transformation in South Africa
At Chevron South Africa, we believe transformation is key to the nation’s future and consistent with our business objectives. Our intent is to lead change not as a short-term project, but as a continual, deeply rooted process.
Our efforts have earned the company an upper-tier rating for an integrated oil company and certification as a level four Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment contributor.
Our business strategy is best served by engaging with the communities in which we operate through programs that produce socioeconomic benefits. Our social investments in health, education and small enterprise development are aligned with government priorities. Similarly, they are guided by a global strategy that focuses on creating sustained economic growth by building the capabilities of people and institutions.
Preserving a robust and diverse natural environment is essential to the growth of our business. Chevron invests its resources to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and appropriate management of the environment.
health, environment and safety
Chevron South Africa is committed to the highest health, environment and safety standards.
Our Chevron Century Boulevard headquarters in Cape Town is a good example. The Green Building Council of South Africa bestowed a 5-Star Green Star rating on the 95,000-square-foot (9,000-sq-m) structure for excellence in green building design, construction and management.
At our Cape Town Refinery, a water recycling plant produces all of the water needed in the refining process, reducing the facility’s consumption of drinkable water. Every month, the water conserved by the refinery is the equivalent of that used by 6,000 homes. The recycling plant also reduces the refinery’s burden on the city’s sewage infrastructure.
The refinery’s new multipoint ground flare system and new 325-foot-tall (100-m) flare are expected to reduce visible emissions while improving operational efficiencies.
Chevron South Africa is a major contributor to the region’s economic growth. In 2012, according to a study conducted by Econex and Quantec Research for Chevron South Africa, Chevron’s direct and indirect investments contributed $7.8 billion to the South African economy. When considering economic ripple effects, that’s equivalent to more than 2 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
Employment generated by business at Chevron South Africa’s sites has a multiplier effect on wages, salaries and business investments. Another Chevron-commissioned study by Econex reports that the refinery alone provides 500 direct jobs and 13,000 supplier and contractor jobs.
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