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Transnet Foundation: Driving Community Development in South Africa


Transnet is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen, actively contributing to the development of communities throughout South Africa. This commitment is executed through the Transnet Foundation, the corporate social investment (CSI) arm of the company. The Foundation’s community development initiatives align with the national mandates of the National Development Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Transnet’s community investment programs are driven by a mission to uplift, empower, and create sustained meaningful change in impoverished communities. The lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated many of the development challenges faced by communities across South Africa, including issues related to food security, education, economic development, and healthcare. Additionally, unprecedented flooding and adverse weather conditions have led to catastrophic disasters, intensifying the socio-economic challenges in these areas.

A People-Centered Approach to Development

The Transnet Foundation is committed to responding to the needs of communities effectively and impactfully. With a focus on health, education, livelihoods, capacity building, and grant-making, the Foundation’s initiatives are supported by the dedicated efforts of Transnet employees who actively participate in volunteerism. These employees have refurbished schools, enhanced early childhood development centers, improved soup kitchens to address food security, and initiated programs to boost community safety.

A significant highlight of the Foundation’s health initiatives is the Phelophepa healthcare trains. Since 1994, these trains have delivered primary health services to an estimated 15 million people, earning recognition as a global flagship program. In the education sector, the Foundation has invested in providing additional classrooms, science and technology infrastructure, and ICT equipment such as laptops, aimed at strengthening academic outcomes for the country’s youth.

Supporting Youth and Community Sports

The Foundation also plays a crucial role in nurturing soccer talent through its sponsorship of the Transnet/South African Football Association (SAFA) Football School of Excellence. This institution has produced renowned international players, along with many youths who have been selected to play in national clubs across the country.

Strategic Direction for 2023/24

Looking ahead to 2023/24, the Transnet Foundation is firmly committed to enriching the lives and livelihoods of communities. The Foundation will deepen its focus on women, children, vulnerable groups, and the upliftment of community structures to sustain social development. Given the current economic climate, the Foundation aims to manage budget constraints carefully by fostering strategic partnerships and collaborations, both internally and externally.

Key Objectives

The Foundation’s key objectives for the upcoming year include:

  • Improving Access to Healthcare: Ensuring communities can access quality healthcare to live full and productive lives.
  • Enhancing Educational Outcomes: Enabling educators and learners to improve academic outcomes, thus facilitating South African youth’s access to meaningful economic opportunities.
  • Supporting Vulnerable Communities: Providing care and support to prevent gender-based violence and strengthen community well-being.
  • Achieving Socio-Economic Transformation: Building community capacity to sustain development and improve livelihoods.
  • Harnessing Employee Volunteerism: Leveraging the diverse skills and experience of Transnet’s workforce to foster community development.

The Transnet Foundation’s commitment to these objectives reflects its ongoing dedication to driving positive change and supporting the sustained development of communities across South Africa.

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