Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town International Airport (ACSA CTIA) has kicked off its Mandela week campaign with a sponsorship of R200 000 towards two houses. A sod-turning ceremony was held onsite in Blue Downs where the environmentally friendly and cost-effective eight double-storey units will be built. This forms part of the ACSA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy of uplifting and developing communities within the airport’s vicinity. Other Mandela Day initiatives which will be implemented this week, with staff involvement, include the cleaning of the airport perimeter on the N2, helping for 67 minutes at the SPCA in Grassy Park, assisting with meals at Mfuleni community’s feeding project as well as helping at the community’s vegetable garden project.
“Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an increasingly important part of a company’s corporate persona. Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) continues to strive to positively impact the communities in which the airports operate through its CSI programmes,” says Deidre Hendricks, ACSA CTIA Communications Manager. “Mandela Day resonates with our objectives with regards to the company’s CSR strategy and it also ties in with CTIA’s outreach programmes which are implemented on an annual basis this time of the year,” added Hendricks.
Not wanting to leave out any staff members who may not be able to leave the office for the three initiatives, staff have been asked to spend the 67minutes with their colleagues either putting together food hampers for feeding projects, packing a variety of vegetable seed packets to be donated to community members looking into starting vegetable gardens. Last but not least will be a request to spend the 67 minutes writing letters to fathers absent from their children’s lives focusing on the importance of being a good father or writing a letter to teenage mothers illustrating the basic knowledge on how to care for their babies and provide metal stimulation.
“We are not only about the running of airports – our communities also play a critical role and have a significant place in the company’s business strategy. So, as an airport operator, contributing toward the development and sustainability of our communities is very important, hence the investment in the Legacy Project spearheaded by the National and Western Cape Departments of Human Settlement, the City of Cape Town and the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC). This has come at an opportune time when we are celebrating Mandela Day which is about giving back to our communities”, Hendricks concluded.