Victor Bester as General Manager of the Chevron Cape Town Refinery, located in Milnerton

Chevron South Africa announces the appointment of Victor Bester as General Manager of the Chevron Cape Town Refinery, located in Milnerton. Victor was previously Operations Manager at the company’s Cape Town refinery, a position he held since January 2014.

“Fuel security and skills development remains top priority,” says Bester.

Victor’s mandate is to lead the refinery’s efforts in meeting the country’s fuel needs, and focus on the complex transformational and environmental prerogatives of Chevron South Africa. Victor will pay specific attention to the streamlining of processes and the strengthening of the organisational capability of the refinery so that it operates competitively.

Last month, the new General Manager oversaw a successful completion ofthe Chevron Refinery’s annual safety and maintenance inspections.The operation injected approximately R40m into the local economy and created an additional 300 jobs during the inspection period.

“Fuel security remains one of the country’s top priorities. Chevron South Africa safely contributes petroleum products into the economy, which are vital to the economic development of the Western Cape as well as the country.  Our vision remains one of partnership and performance, where we convert raw crude oil into finished products, while at the same time making a substantial commitment to the communities in which we operate. This year the Chevron Cape Town Refinery celebrates 50 years of successful refining and significant contribution to the country,” commented Victor on his appointment.

“The Chevron Refinery remains an important employer in the Western Cape, providing decent jobs to many South Africans. We aim to further enhance our socio-economic contribution in line with Chevron South Africa’s transformation agenda, whilst safeguarding the environment in which we operate.  When it comes to the development of technical careers, the refinery runs an operator learnership programme which is NQF2 accredited, where learners are provided with skills so that they become our pipeline to fill vacancies. Our corporate social investment programmes, which are important priorities for us, are designed to promote education, small enterprise development and fight HIV,” he adds.

An independent assessment of the Chevron Refinery’s socio-economic impact conducted by Econex indicated that in addition to the direct employment of 500 staff, the plant creates 13,000 supplier and contractor jobs. Nationally, the refinery generates more than R18bn or 0,6% of South Africa’s total GDP. Currently 100% of the aeroplanes at Cape Town International Airport are powered by Chevron’s Cape Town Refinery jet fuel, and 95% of the cars on Western Cape roads are fuelled by the refinery.

The Chevron Cape Town Refinery invests significantly in improving its environmental performance. In 2015, the refinery conducted its biggest maintenance and safety inspection, which resulted in an estimated economic injection of R412m.

“We place the highest priority on the health and safety of our employees and the communities in which we operate. By constantly investing in maintaining the high safety and reliable operation standards practised at the refinery, we reduce the chance of environmental incidents. I aim to work closely with environmental authorities to constantly improve the refinery’s environmental performance,” concludes Victor.

“We are delighted to welcome Victor Bester as our new General Manager. With his knowledge of Chevron’s international best practice and local know-how, we are confident he can provide the strategic leadership that this complex industrial enterprise requires,” commented Shashi Rabbipal, Executive Chairman of Chevron South Africa on Victor’s appointment.