A significant component of Airports Company South Africa’s empowerment strategy is realised through its support of black entrepreneurs, which is reflected in the black business share of commercial revenue in FY2018/19 of 54% (FY2017/18: 59%). The Group’s IT sector ESD programme demonstrates our commit-ment to SMME development. The initiative is aimed at enhancing market access opportunities, driving ICT innovation and fostering inclusive participation of majority black-owned ICT businesses in our supplier value chain. The primary objective is to enable the development and growth of qualifying black-owned businesses in the ICT sector by providing financial and non-financial support. In return these businesses will contribute towards job creation. In the year under review R26 million has been invested on enterprise development, reflecting our ongoing commitment to the economic, social and moral imperatives of growing black participation in our economy.
Airports Company South Africa’s socio-economic development programmes are focused around our sustainability framework, which covers business, people and society, and the environment. These fields are informed by community upliftment of marginalised and poverty-stricken communities, as well as social cohesion and inclusion. The SED programmes focus on sustainable initiatives in youth empowerment, women empowerment, education, disability, protection of the environment and employee volunteering.
In FY2018/19 we spent R46 million on projects around the country with specific focus on areas where we do business. Below is a table of some of the major projects that Airports Company South Africa supported.
|Youth Empowerment||Youth empowerment programme in partnership with Northlink College aimed at providing scarce skills to unemployed youth of informal settlements around Cape Town International Airport in construction and Early Childhood Development.||R1 498 282||Skills have been provided to unemployed youth. This training will improve their social standing. A total of 32 young people are in training.|
|Women Empowerment||Through the Firefighters Women Empowerment Programme, 15 young women from Upington were trained as internationally accredited firefighters.||R1 114 529||Fifteen jobs have been created for the 15 women who have been absorbed by the Group and 15 households will indirectly benefit from the programme.|
|Education||Provision of mobile school infrastructure in various schools across the country. The infrastructure includes libraries, IT equipment, science laboratories, ECD centres, classrooms etc. in KZN, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State, and Gauteng.||R5 431 034||The contribution is helping towards improving literacy, improving learner performance in science subjects and reducing overcrowding in schools. More than 2 000 learners benefited from these projects.|
|Refurbishment of dilapidated school infrastructure at Dondashe High School in Centane, rural Eastern Cape.||R4 291 363||12 jobs created during construction and two subcontractors. Over 800 learners benefited from the project.|
|Gauteng Learner Development Programme - Two underperforming schools in Ekurhuleni for Saturday and holiday classes with a focus on Mathematics, Physical Science and Accounting for Grade 12 learners.||R1 837 806||Tsakane matric results increased from 49.5% in FY2017/18 to 68.5% in 2018. Kwadukathole matric results increased from 42% in 2017 to 96% in 2018.|
|Eastern Cape Learner and Teacher Development Programme - We have adopted three schools in Port Elizabeth, East London and Centane in the former Transkei to help improve learner and teacher performance.||R6 933 110||Umtiza High School matric results improved from 52% in FY2017/18 to 73% in FY2018/19. Walmer High School matric results improved from 23% in 2017 to 76% in 2018.|
|The English Literacy Programme is operational in four primary schools near the airport. Schools are based in Delft, Bishop Lavis, Khayelitsha and Matroosfontein in Cape Town.||R660 000||The learners can effectively read and write and thereby build confidence to become competent in their studies. Over 560 learners and 16 teachers are benefiting from the project.|
|Disability Sector||Construction of Nombuso Disability Development Centre, an early childhood development centre to provide extra capacity, including classrooms, a computer laboratory, ablution facilities, a kitchen, a hall, sports fields, a perimeter fence and guardhouse.||R13 337 035||An estimated 48 jobs will be created during construction phase including six sub-contractors. A total of 150 learners with disabilities, some of whom were not attending school, are now attending school and are registered with the Department of Social Development.|
|Environmental Sustainability||Green Energy Project to provide renewable energy to households of Freedom Farm and Malawi Camp that are near the Cape Town International Airport.||R1 107 096||A skills development programme for community members is in place to help install and maintain the solar systems. It is estimated that 803 households will benefit from the programme. The programme will be rolled out over a three-year period.|
|Philanthropic Donations and Employee Volunteering||Contribution towards the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) for education, infrastructure development, care and support as well as training of nurses.||R800 000||More than 1 000 people will benefit through CANSA programmes at nine centres. Employee Volunteering through the Cancer Shavathon at O.R. Tambo International Airport where passengers and airport community participated in volunteer work.|