Socio-economic development impact

Our corporate social investment programmes are worth noting because they demonstrate the impact that is the ultimate goal of such investment. We are seeing results from our two and three-year programmes, such as the training centre for people with disabilities in KwaZulu-Natal, from which the community is benefiting, as well as the female firefighter training programme in Upington which has seen 15 female firefighters graduate. This programme, targeted at communities with rampant unemployment, has changed people’s lives. Our Cape Town International Airport Sustainability Journey case study demonstrates the impact that can be achieved through an integrated approach to SED.


Looking forward to 2020, we intend to focus more closely on our people, as they are our greatest asset as we look to grow our revenue beyond our borders. Empowering young South Africans with skills for the aviation space requires that we breed a learning culture and creativity in tackling our challenges together with our stakeholders. We aim to achieve transformation in line with the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) and our Sustainability Framework, encouraging the growth of black-owned business, investing in skills development and simultaneously ensuring that our natural environment is protected.

How transformation contributed to our Sustainability Framework

Our transformation agenda is aligned with South Africa’s NDP and is guided by our transformation imperatives and Sustainability Framework. Our economic imperative is to develop small-, medium- and large- businesses to change the face of our Group to reflect South Africa’s demographics; our social imperative is to support socio-economic activities that empower communities for a better future; our moral imperative is to create fair, transparent, equal opportunities for the economically active population and eliminate unfair discrimination.

Our business

  • Black-owned business now shares 51% of our operational and developmental spend overall, and 54% of our commercial revenue, owing largely to a cleanup of our procurement database.

  • Our transformation strategy is focused across seven key sectors. Interventions across these seven sectors maximise our enhancement of black business growth and the creation of jobs and opportunities.

  • Our redeveloped contracting methodology has broadened our empowerment efforts through sub-contracts in order for large contractors to impart skills and experience to small- and medium-size businesses.

Our people and society

  • Our employee housing scheme currently benefits 1 665 employees (FY2017/18: 1 619). Since inception in July 2016 the scheme has contributed R108.7 million.

  • Our employee transport scheme currently benefits 709 employees and 22 small transport businesses.

  • Our total investment in skills development initiatives in FY2018/19 was R48 million and created a total of 275 job opportunities for young candidates.

  • 20 of our employees’ children benefited from the Group bursary scheme, to the value of R1 million.

  • Our socio-economic development investment of R46 million in FY2018/19 supports projects in our key focus areas of education, empowerment of women and youth, environmental sustainability, disability, skills development, philanthropic donations and volunteerism.

Our environment

  • Two of our airports have achieved ACI Level 2 carbon reduction certification, while three of our airports have achieved Level 1 carbon reduction certification.

  • All nine airports have also achieved ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Certification (ISO 14001:2004) in accordance with the 2015 version of the standard.

  • We continue to develop photovoltaic solar plants to provide renewable energy to airports (currently three), as well as energy storage solutions.

  • A water-saving and augmentation plan implemented at Cape Town International Airport has reduced water usage by 50% and the airport is poised to become fully self-sufficient through the use of aquifer water for operational purposes.