Denel Aerostructures (DAe) Corporate Social Investment (CSI) is aimed at facilitating and creating platforms to contribute to community-building by delivering on the Denel Group’s mandate towards social upliftment and building a sustainable economy.
DAe CSI projects are aimed at addressing social and economic disparities and responding to government’s developmental priorities within the communities that we operate in. Programmes are implemented within the following focus areas – education; entrepreneurship as well as community development. Below is breakdown of the key initiatives:
Schools Outreach Programme
DAe is involved in youth development through the schools outreach programme. This initiative aims to promote careers in aerospace amongst learners from previously disadvantaged communities. DAe hosts career days at the national airshows such as Swartkops Airshow, Rand Airshow and the Newcastle Airshow.
Over a 1000 learners from nearby communities attend these events where they are afforded an opportunity to experience a showcase of our products and services, as well as a career talk by our engineers. Through this type of outreach, DAe hopes to instil a passion in our youth for the aerospace industry.
DAe is involved in the upgrading of mathematics and science performance results in the country. DAe in partnership with the Rafedile Academy in Springs offers extra maths and science lessons to learners from the Etwatwa Secondary School on Saturdays and over school holidays. Over a 100 learners in grades 11 and 12 are benefiting from this programme.
Take a Girl Child to Work
DAe holds high the value of exposing young female South Africans to the various career opportunities within the Aerospace and Aerostructures industries. DAe participates in this annual progressive initiative.
SAAF Benevolent Fund
As a caring partner in the Defence and Aerospace industry, DAe provides financial support to the Chief of Air Force Benevolent Fund on an annual basis. The Fund provides financial and practical support to SAAF related development, transformation and benevolent causes which cannot be funded through State funding. More than 50% of the Fund’s expenditure goes towards benevolent work, either internally within the Air Force or externally by supporting organisations such as children’s homes and hospices in the vicinity of Air Force Bases and units.
Annually, DAe commemorates this day to honour the legacy of the late Nelson Mandela, the former South African President, and his values, through volunteering and community service.
At DAe, we believe that supporting entrepreneurs and small/medium businesses, plays a major role in building and ensuring a sustainable economy for our country. DAe's focus of preferential procurement is to increase expenditure on black-owned, black women-owned and black youth-owned businesses. Our enterprise and supplier development action plan is to improve black owned businesses in order to participate not only in the South African market, but also in the global industry.
DAe as a tier 1 industry operator prides itself as an advanced manufacturing catalyst in supporting and training local suppliers to meet international standards in an economically sustainable manner.