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Socio-Economic Development

Creating change in South Africa is an integral part of the way we want to do business. Given the large operational and commercial footprint of our business, we consider our impact on society very seriously. We make a substantial contribution to the socio-economic development of South Africa through various programmes and initiatives.

We focus our Socio- Economic Development Initiatives  around two key themes:

  • Empowerment;
  • Civic life


Empowerment focuses on giving people training, education and opportunities to help them develop. Examples include scholarships and programmes supporting small businesses and promoting entrepreneurship. An example of one of our initiatives is our partnership with the Mandela Rhodes Foundation:

British American Tobacco South Africa Mandela-Rhodes Scholarship

We are a proud sponsor of the prestigious Mandela-Rhodes Scholarship, in partnership with the Mandela-Rhodes Foundation. The Mandela Rhodes scholarships build and enhance leadership excellence in Africa, offering young Africans who exhibit academic prowess as well as broader leadership potential an educational opportunity unique on the continent.

Civic life

Civic life encompasses activities that aim to enrich public and community life, including supporting the arts and educational institutions, conserving indigenous cultures and restoring public spaces.

Employee volunteering

British American Tobacco South Africa has partnered with Rise Against Hunger Africa, an initiative that aims to alleviate hunger and address the issue of food security in the region. Through this partnership, we encourage our employees to volunteer their time to the Rise Against Hunger cause.

Our Mandela Day partnership began in 2013 when British American Tobacco South Africa employees volunteered their time on Mandela Day to pack thousands of meals for the less fortunate. Since then, this employee volunteerism initiative has become an annual event, with the company’s employees packing 120,000 meals for charity in July 2019.

Visit Rise Against Hunger   for more information on this charity.