Community Affairs

At the heart of PetroSA's culture lies an uncompromising commitment to uplifting and developing South African society, especially among previously disadvantaged communities. We recognise that we have a transformative role to play in giving everyone in our country the opportunities to make the most of their talents and achieve a decent standard of living.

Structured, targeted policy

Our vision for South Africa goes well beyond the cheque book. With the emphasis on sustainability, our most urgent priority is to ensure that our Community Affairs policy delivers long-term, tangible benefits to people at grassroots level. Ultimately, we measure the returns on our community investment according to the sense of hope, pride and ownership it fosters among communities. To maximise returns on our community investment, we structure and target our Community Affairs policy around four core areas:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Community Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Development.

Follow these links to read about our current projects and past projects. Long-term partnerships We work in close partnership with community representatives, key stakeholders at all levels of national and local government as well as non-governmental organisations to ensure our Community Affairs programme delivers long-term, tangible benefits. Any queries please email


South Africa needs educated, skilled and literate citizens to help it grow and develop a thriving economy. Without access to decent schools, dedicated teachers, books and other resources, children face an uphill battle to educate themselves and improve their lives. To help address these needs, PetroSA’s Community Affairs programme supports new and existing primary and secondary schools serving disadvantaged communities by providing:

  • Basic school infrastructure, including buildings, ablution facilities and classrooms
  • Science, life skills and computer laboratories and assistance with maintaining these facilities
  • Mathematics and science learner support programmes, as well as teacher training and development programmes
  • Training to develop the capacity of school management bodies at funded schools.


PetroSA’s Community Affairs programme aims to address the country’s primary healthcare challenges by providing:

  • Assistance to organisations and projects administering treatment for terminal diseases, including hospitals, clinics, hospices and home-based career programmes
  • Healthcare infrastructure in disadvantaged communities where there is an absence or lack of healthcare facilities.

Community Development

PetroSA aims to support the development of communities where we operate by investing in non-profit organisations and projects nominated by our staff. The focus is on improving living conditions and the quality of life among the communities our people live in. In addition, PetroSA provides funding under its Community Development focus area for:

  • Disaster relief responses and initiatives
  • Early Childhood Development (ECD) projects and programmes
  • Industry-wide CSI initiatives, such as the Integrated Energy Centres
  • Projects and programmes that support the disabled.

Environment & Sustainable Development

South Africa faces major environmental challenges in the 21st century. These include threats posed to the health of humans and other species by pollution and lack of effective waste management; climate change; and the over-exploitation of resources. Other issues include threats to biodiversity from alien invasive species and to habitat transformation as a result of poorly planned development. In response, PetroSA’s social investment in conservation and the environment goes towards programmes that contribute to developing and enhancing the environment for disadvantaged communities where we operate. To this end, we support:

  • Environmental education programmes
  • Greening programmes which provide trees and parks to schools and public spaces
  • Environmental clean-up programmes and initiatives
We give preference to projects that provide some form of job creation in their implementation.