Creating meaningful and sustainable livelihoods in historically disadvantaged communities near our airports is the cornerstone of the Company’s socio-economic development (SED) strategy. Our strategy aims to fulfil the legislative requirements as outlined in the Dti’s Codes of Good Practice, and the policies and programmes in the National Development Plan. In FY2019/20 we spent R44.2 million on projects around the country with a specific focus on the communities in which we operate. Here are some of the major projects we supported.

R million
International airports 15.3
Regional airports 4.1
National/corporate office 24.8
Total 44.2

Focus Area LocationDescriptionInvestmentImpact
Youth Empowerment
Renewable Energy
Training Programme

Northern Cape
We partnered with the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein to train 15 unemployed youth from Upington towards a Renewable Energy Technologies Certificate. The NQF Level 5 programme started in February 2020 and will be completed over a period of 12 months.R1.9 million The programme provides the youth the opportunity to obtain a university qualification, making them employable at solar farms in the province, ultimately contributing to poverty alleviation.
Women Empowerment
Masiphathisane Bafazi
Sewing Project
Western Cape
Masiphathisane Bafazi Sewing Project supports unemployed elderly women in the Thembalethu township, most of whom are breadwinners. We contributed to the project, which was previously run from a member’s living room, by providing a fully furnished mobile unit to house the project.R600 000The programme improves the income-generating opportunities available to participants.
Metsing Early Childhood
Development Centre
Free State
We consider education to be one of the key enablers of sustainable socio-economic development. Through our donation, the centre – which was previously housed in a shack – is now equipped with fully furnished mobile classrooms, ablution facilities, a sick bay, storeroom, kitchen facilities, books, stationery and a play area.
R2.5 million The project benefits 45 children and five teachers, improving the environment where teaching and learning takes place.
Tsholomnqa High School
Construction and Refurbishment
East London,
Eastern Cape
Tsholomnqa Senior Secondary School in Tsholomnqa village within Buffalo City Municipality in the Eastern Cape serves nine surrounding villages. Through refurbishment, we have upgraded the school’s administration block and computer centre and further contributed by building a staff room, five classroom blocks, a science centre, multipurpose centre and library. All classrooms were fitted with furniture and the necessary equipment.R14.8 million The project impacted 922 learners and 27 teachers. Overall learner and teacher morale has improved, leading to their matric pass rate improving from 27% in 2018 to 76% in 2019.
Persons with Disability
Partnership with
South African National
Deaf Association (SANDA)
NationalFor many years we have partnered with the SANDA to provide support to the deaf community by contributing to various skills development programmes that encourage independence of the deaf community in various places across South Africa. SANDA also provides basic sign language training to passenger services frontline staff at the Company’s airports.R600 000 In partnership with SANDA, we support approximately 120 hearingimpaired people. In addition, over 80 employees benefited from basic sign language training which they will use to interact with the deaf community as part of our reasonable accommodation of persons with disability.
Environmental Sustainability
Community Renewable
Energy Programme

Cape Town,
Western Cape
We have partnered with Green Cape, a non-profit organisation, to provide renewable energy to households in Malawi Camp and Freedom Farm, two communities who do not have legal access to electricity. The provision of renewable energy assists the community in meeting their basic needs and contributes to a safer community as the use of renewable energy decreases the risk of shack fires.R3.4 million Nearly 1 000 households between the two communities will benefit from the programme.
Philanthropic Donations and
Employee Volunteerism Partnership
with the Smile Foundation
George, Western Cape
Bloemfontein, Free State
Kimberley, Northern Cape
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
We have supported the Smile Foundation since 2014, providing funding for the Smile Week at the Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital. In 2019, we included three public hospitals in Bloemfontein, Kimberley and George in the programme. Through our donation, the Smile Foundation is able to do facial reconstructive surgeries for disadvantage children with various
facial deformities.
R1.3 million A total of 115 children benefited from this year’s Smile Week. This intervention improves the children’s physical appearance, but most importantly, it improves their psychological wellbeing.


Airports Company South Africa is a significant enabler of economic growth, transformation and socioeconomic development. In the year under review, we conducted an economic impact study for FY2019/20, which enabled us to assess the socio-economic impact of our strategy and operations on the communities in which we operate, provincial economies and the country at large. Our impact is represented in the following indicators:


to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP)
(FY2018/19: R7.6 billion)

23 750 JOBS

of direct employees and indirect jobs in our supply chain and induced jobs owing to wages spent by direct employees
(FY2018/19: 30 684 jobs).


in income for our employees and those of our local suppliers. (FY2018/19: R2.9 billion)

Our nine airports and corporate office contributed to their regional economies as follows: