Socio-Economic Development

O.R. Tambo International Airport's SED programme aims to: 

  • Create a sense of responsibility and accountability, as part of  an organisation operating within a bigger system (its environment)

  • Provide assistance to members of the airport's neighbouring communities

  • Develop meaningful relationships with relevant welfare and development organisations

  • Support worthwhile organisations and show measurable results in the short, medium and long term

  • Encourage a spirit of community and participation amongst O.R. Tambo International Airport staff

SED focus areas

Our SED focus areas are:             

1.    Education

  • Early Childhood Development

  • Mainly in Primary and Secondary Schools

  • Support to Day Care Centres

  • Investment in the development and training of women and youth training



2.      Environment
Protecting and enhancing the environment against climate change and energy


3.      Mobility and Disability

We foster mobility and alleviate disability through wheelchair donations.
We also contribute to ad hoc welfare and SED requests (at the discretion of the General Manager and in consultation with the SED Committee. All requests are reviewed in line with the airport's SED focus areas).
Some projects that O.R Tambo International Airport has been involved in in the past two years:

BeneficiaryActivityNumber of lives touched

Arebaokeng Crèche



89 creche kids, 45 home work class kids and over 8 child minders


Sponsorship towards the refurbishment of a the building



Entokozweni Nursery School - Alexandra

52 creche kids, 45 home work class kids and over 8 child minders


The nursery school faced closure as its kitchen did not comply with health and safety standards. O.R. Tambo International handed over a brand new kitchen and kitchen apparatus.

Sunshine Association for the Disabled


141 kids children living with disabilities


Sponsorship towards specialist services (e.g. physiotherapy) to help the children's mobility.

Khensani Day Care - Alexandra


85 crèche kids


A wall was built around the crèche to create a safe environment for the children while at school.

Siyaphumelela Youth Development Initiative -Tembisa


56 learnersO.R. Tambo International Airport provided disadvantaged learners with school uniforms

Tswelopele Secondary School - Tembisa


507 learners in Grades 10 -12A new, equipped science laboratory was handed over to the school to enhance the learners' science understanding and experience.
Winter Warmer Campaign 20131700

This is an annual initiative to donated of school shoes to needy children ahead of winter. More than 1000 pairs of shoes have been donated.


The airport also helps surrounding communities with blankets and hot water bottles and teach them fire preventive measures.

Back-to- School Campaign2200 learners

This initiative was launched in 2014 and includes an awards ceremony for Grade 12 learners and teachers to encourage academic excellence within Ekurhuleni.

Grade 1 learners are given stationery packs with the necessary essential to prepare them for the academic year.

Vision Mission Project800 learners

This was a partnership with Ster-Kinekor where disadvantaged learners with eye problems had their eyes tested for free. 140 of them received free spectacles to assist with some of their reading challenges. 

Childline SA partnershipOver 100 children

This partnership allowed the facilitation of specialised care and counselling for over 100 abused kids from four schools

O.R. Tambo International Airport always looks for opportunities and partnerships to help make a positive impact in the communities that it operates in.