Socio-Economic Development

​​​​At an airport level, the Socio-Economic Development spend covers areas which focus on community development, particularly in instances where the airport's neighbours are extremely poor and inhabit informal settlements. Cape Town International Airport has a robust Socio-Economic Development programme, which ensures that the airport works hand in hand with its beneficiaries and meaningful contributions are made, as opposed to small and sporadic donations. The airport has already been recognised as a leader in the area of Socio-Economic Development, receiving various forms of acknowledgements such as the Pritchard Corporate Award and being rated number 6 in top 10 initiatives for Mandela Day throughout South Africa. It remains important for us to continue making a meaningful difference in the lives of our immediate communities.


Learners at the Robben Island Museum

Key principles of the airport's approach:

•             Support projects and make a difference in communities;
•             Be more than a financial contributor;
•             Inspire staff participation;
•             Help organisations become self-sufficient;
•             Support organisations on a 3 to 5 year cycle.

Long- Term Beneficiaries

There are a number of registered non-profit organisations that fall within the SED pillars: Our objective is to enable these organisations to become sustainable and self-sufficient, and for them to rely less corporate funding. Currently, our main beneficiaries are

  • ​Cape of Goodhope SPCA: It is an animal rights protection organisation that protects and cares for over 10 000 animals every year. Through the Ani-Pal programme which the airport funds school learners are educated about vaccinating and caring for their pets.
  • TRAC SA: This is a school based programme which focuses on improving children's exposure to mathematics, science and technology. Through this programme learners from the airport's neighboring communities are exposed to programmes which ensure optimal academic results and allow for choices for lifelong learning and a fulfilling future. Currently students who have benefitted through this programme are studying medicine and engineering.  
  • Living through Learning: is an organisation which trains educators and assist learners with literacy and reading.
  • Charitable Heart: Since the airport's involvement in 2012, the project has created 40 entrepreneurs in Philippi, Khayelitsha and Kayamandi start their own vegetable supplier businesses.
  • Leliebloem House: The Centre reunites children with their families and provides specialist care and intervention for the children that come from high-risk environments, where very poor and negative socio-economic conditions prevail.
  • Learn to Earn: Is an organisation which teaches individuals how to do things such as sewing, baking, carpentry and graphic designing; to ensure that they can become employable and are able to startup businesses and become sustainable. The airport have previously funded the woodwork, graphic design and sewing classes.
  • Beyond Education-Recycle Swop Shop: Is a recycle swop shop where children from the community are able to bring their recyclable items and swop it for food, toiletries, clothes and so forth. They aim to help underprivileged kids help themselves by finding innovative ways to feed, clothe and get their educational tools. In doing so they are making a difference to the environment whilst empowering the community.

​​Outreach Programme

Despite our policy of not making small and once-off donations (we believe in making a more enduring difference), we do sometimes provide support through our Outreach Programme. Projects such as feeding schemes, blanket drives and items for crèches, and assistance in early childhood development are accommodated under this category.

Staff Donations

Our employees are given a unique opportunity to nominate an organisation within the neighbouring communities that they would like the airport to support. Staff members have to be actively involved with this nominated organisation. This is another way of encouraging staff to be involved in their communities.

Freedom Farm and Klipfontein Community

Freedom Farm and Klipfontein communities are located near the airport. Both communities are highly impoverished and unemployment is rife.  The airport provides soup kitchens and life education classes in these communities and continues to support the children from these communities.

Schools Upliftment Programme

In an effort to help improve the matric pass rate, the airport, in partnership with the Department of Education, identifies the top-performing schools surrounding the airport. This year, eight schools benefited from our `Improving Education through Interactive Technology' upliftment project. 

Through this project, the schools received interactive white boards, educational software and training for the teachers. In the past three years, 21 schools have benefited from the interactive white boards, worth over half a million Rand.

Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela once said "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Education forms part of our key pillars for SED, which is why we use Mandela Day to work on valuable programmes which will help shape tomorrow's leaders.


Hoofweg Learning and Resource Centre

The airport, in partnership with the Western Cape Education Department E-learning Centre at Hoofweg Primary School in Wesbank (Delft) ± a first of its kind to be built in the Western Cape.

The Centre comprises of a library, computer lab and training facility and will be accessible to three other schools in the vicinity.

The Centre will not only be for learners at Hoofweg Primary School, it is also accessible to learners from three other schools around the Wesbank area. It is estimated that more than 4000 learners have the privilege to use the facility for educational purposes. The computers at the centre also have a maths program installed to assist pupils boost their numeracy skills. The Centre is also giving opportunities to the community of Wesbank. It already benefits the unemployed Wesbank community members equipping them with ICT skills and classes take place from Monday to Thursday, 17:00 until 20:00.

Our other annual projects include Arbor Day, KFM Christmas Wish Campaigns, Cape Town Festival, the Mitchell's Plain Festival, and most recently, Cape Town Carnival.​​


Staff planting trees for Arbor Day

Reading Room for Nooitgedacht primary school