EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES

We believe the communities in which we operate should be better off because we are there.

We focus on sustainable economic initiatives that create positive and long-lasting socio-economic impact, build enterprising communities and support local economies, with a particular focus on empowering women. We believe in the potential of arts and culture to drive sustainable development and create inclusive job opportunities, while acting as a catalyst for individual and social empowerment that benefits community upliftment at large.


Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to creating sustainable development. In addition to improving quality of life, access to inclusive education equips individuals with the tools they need to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.

For us at Distell, we create positive change and promote the well-being of individuals, communities and society through a focus on sustainable economic initiatives and arts and culture. Through various programmes and partnerships, we indirectly contribute to SDGs 1, 4, 5 and 17.

Investing in programmes to grow business skills and accelerate job creation

Distell invests in education, training and lifelong learning programmes as central pillars of employability. Skills development can help community members transition from the informal to the formal economy.

Empowering communities through arts and culture

We believe in the value of arts and culture and the role it can play in the development of youth and women in particular. Cultural Times, the first global map of the cultural and creative industries, was published by EY in 2015. This report estimates that cultural and creative industries generate US$250,0 billion in revenue a year and create 29,5 million jobs worldwide. We therefore continue to support cultural and creative industries to fuel South Africa’s economy and benefit community upliftment at large.