Transnet Foundation

Transnet strives to be a good corporate citizen that contributes to development in communities across South Africa. 

Mandela Day 2023 1.jpgTransnet executes developmental initiatives through the Transnet Foundation, which is the corporate social investment (CSI) arm of the Company. The Company's community development agenda aligns to national mandates espoused in the National Development Plan as well as in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Transnet's community investment programmes are underpinned by the Company's commitment to uplifting, empowering, and bringing about sustained meaningful change in impoverished communities. Continued development challenges being faced by many communities across South Africa are escalating as the effects of the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to worsen. 

The country continues to experience challenges in food security, access to education, slow economic development and healthcare. In addition, unprecedented flooding and adverse weather phenomena are causing catastrophic disasters in communities. As socio-economic challenges mount, it is increasingly important that Transnet, as a responsible corporate citizen, implements support structures to sustain livelihoods. Sustainable actions towards resolving complex issues faced by communities must demonstrate agility and flexibility.

Transnet Foundation is committed to responding to the needs of communities in an effective and impactful way. ICT Centre.jpg

The Foundation remains people-centred and focused on areas of health, education, livelihoods, capacity building and grant-making. These focus areas get continued support from Transnet employees who are willing to lend a helping hand through employee volunteerism initiatives. Over the years, Transnet's workforce has refurbished schools; improved early childhood development centres; refurbished soup kitchens that cater to growing food security needs; and focused on initiatives to improve safety in communities. 

The Foundation continues to invest in healthy outcomes for communities through its two Phelophepa healthcare trains. Since 1994, these trains have provided a comprehensive basket of primary health services to an estimated 15 million people. The trains remain a recognised global flagship programme of the Company. The Foundation continues to invest in the education of the country's youth, having provided additional classrooms to schools as well as science and technology and ICT infrastructure and equipment such as laptops to strengthen academic outcomes in the country. The Foundation has also contributed to nurturing soccer talent of youth through its sponsorship of the Transnet/South African Football Association (SAFA) Football School of Excellence. Over the years, this school has produced international players such as Bernard Parker and Steven Pienaar, in addition to having several youths selected to play in national clubs across the country.

Blankets.jpgIn 2023/24, the Foundation remains firmly committed to enriching the lives and livelihoods of communities as it pursues a new strategic direction. The Foundation's focus will deepen in women and children, vulnerable groups and the upliftment of community structures and organisations to sustain social development. The current economic climate also requires that a focus on funding allocation for projects is more prudent to deepen CSI impact and manage budget constraints; and this will be achieved through strategic partnerships and collaboration internally and externally.

The Foundation's key objectives include:

  • Improving communities' access to quality healthcare to enable them to live full and productive lives;
  • Enabling educators and learners at schools to improve academic outcomes which contributes to
    South African youth access to meaningful economic opportunity;
  • Providing care and support for vulnerable communities and groups to prevent gender-based violence and
    strengthen community well-being;
  • Enabling communities to achieve socio-economic transformation by providing them with capacity building
    to sustain whole community development and improve livelihoods; and
  • Harnessing the diverse and broad skills and experience of Transnet's workforce to develop communities through
    employee volunteerism initiatives.
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