We believe that communication and connectivity are key to socioeconomic empowerment. Building our own cellular network in 1994 has led to our developing a world-class ICT infrastructure – enabling us to bring voice and data solutions to over 30 million South Africans.
In 2011, we embarked on our largest-ever network rollout, increasing 2G coverage to 98% and 3G coverage to 65% of the population. In 2012, we began the biggest Long Term Evolution (LTE) network rollout in Africa. We have also made considerable investments in undersea cables to provide capacity to our network. These investments were made in the West Africa Cable System (WACS) that connects southern, western Africa and the Europe, the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy), which links the east coast of Africa, including South Africa with Europe, and the Africa Cable Europe (ACE) linking South Africa with the United Kingdom along the west coast of Africa.
MTN is now a global player that operates in 22 markets in Africa and the Middle East. The company now offers e-commerce and digital services in music, financial services and entertainment. As a socially responsible company, MTN, through its philanthropic arm the MTN SA Foundation, MTN leverages the power of connectivity to facilitate access to education and healthcare, and fosters the development of entrepreneurship and the arts.
Through its sponsorship portfolio, MTN sponsors a variety of properties in football, rugby, music and lifestyle. MTN sponsors the Premiership knockout competition known as MTN8, the Springboks, the national rugby team, Joyous Celebration, a popular gospel ensemble, and Afrikaans is Groot, a renowned Afrikaans music festival.
MTN operates in some of the most vulnerable areas in the world. We recognise that our operating countries have often limited resources to adapt and cope with environmental impact. We pride ourselves on ensuring that we continue to provide telecommunications services with little impact on the environment.
For example, MTN powers its energy intensive data centre in Johannesburg with a solar cooling system, which is the first of its kind in Africa. The system is driven by a cutting-edge technology called mirror-based concentrating solar power (CSP) that uses heat generated from the sun and has a peak cooling capacity of 330 kW.
The system consists of 242 solar mirrors covering a total area of 484 square metres, which tracks the sun to generate pressurised hot water at 180 degrees celcius. The hot water in turn powers an absorption chiller that produces chilled water that is circulated into the datacentre for cooling of IT equipment.
MTN’s head office in Fairland, Johannesburg, is powered by a 2MW methane powered tri-generation plant. The trigeneration plant is powered by methane gas which is piped over 800 km from Sasol's Mozambique gas fields to Johannesburg, where it is then piped to MTN’s head office. The trigeneration plant at MTN is unique in that it not only generates electricity from the methane gas, but also uses a by-product of the process for cooling purposes. MTN has lowered electricity usage by approximately 37% due to the Tri Generation among other greening initiatives the company has rolled out.
MTN is modernizing its base stations, particularly those in remote areas, to enable them to work off the grid. The off-grid base transceiver station (BTS) site, at Vredesvallei, has a 35km radius coverage to serve the communities of Riemvasmaak and Vredesvallei in the Northern Cape.
MTN has been awarded the prestigious silver level certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in recognition of the greening efforts it has made at its head office.
We believe in meaningful transformation through Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE), and we remain committed to the five pillars of empowerment: ownership, control management, skills development, enterprise and supplier development (including preferential procurement) and socio-economic development.
Through the Zakhele Share Scheme, the largest B-BBEE deal in the ICT sector, and other interventions such as the Supplier Development programme and sponsorship of the Gazelle Programme, an initiative in which we have partnered with the Department of Small Business Development, we believe that we are driving equity ownership, enterprise and supplier development in line with the vision of B-BBEE. MTN has been ranked by Empowerdex as a Level Three contributor.
We're committed to inspiring and enabling growth by leading the charge towards a
bold, new digital world. Spearheading MTN South Africa, MTN International and Strategic
Investments, the MTN Group has grown extensively since launching in 1994. We now
operate in 22 countries across Africa and the Middle East. Read more
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MTN SA Procurement manages the procurement of all products, technologies and services
from suppliers. As a strategic advisor on the organisation's Broad−Based Black
Economic Empowerment efforts it champions our supplier relationship management programme.
Services offered include modular solutions with full process optimisation and enhanced
partnership management capabilities. Read more
We partner with independent developers and vendors to create relevant solutions.
These strategic partnerships enable us to bring you the latest apps, platforms and
services in mobile communications and connectivity.
D6 School Communicator
The app is zero-rated on the MTN network so parents can receive school communications
Interactive platform for professional and confidential advice at your fingertips
− anywhere, anytime.
MTN Service Providers
MTN Contract customers' point of contact for MTN network connectivity, billing and
Compare millions of prices in thousands of categories from hundreds of stores on
your mobile device. Read more
Regenesys Business School
Leading management and leadership school development in Sandton and active in 195
countries. Read more
Combining SIM cards with GSM/GPRS technology enables machine to machine communication.
Wireless Application Service Providers (WASPs) provide services like bulk SMS, USSD
and MMS. Read more
Wireless data providers
Wireless data providers deliver the systems and apps needed to support mobile communications.
SA's leading online fashion shop delivers to the doorstep of millions of people
every month. Read more
Sponsorships & Events
We're proud to be intimately involved in the music, and sporting culture of South
Africa. We continue to support the following initiatives, clubs, performers and
Apply for sponsorship
We have opportunities available to invest in the development and sustainability
of talent in this country. Please consider the following sponsorship criteria before
- Does the sponsorship offer a strategic fit with our brand?
- Will it deliver the return on investment required?
- Would our target market have an appetite for it?
- Can it generate media interest to reach a wide audience?
Please note that we don’t sponsor individuals, bloodsports or seeding capital.
MTN SA Foundation
The MTN SA Foundation is the corporate social investment (CSI) wing of MTN SA. Formalised as a non-profit entity in 2001, the Foundation is integral to MTN SA’s sustainability strategy, upholding the Group’s CSI policy of bringing about meaningful, measurable and sustainable change that will help disadvantaged and rural communities to become self-reliant. The Foundation partners with communities, civil society, government and NGOs in developing and supporting valuable interventions in (historically) disadvantaged communities of all nine provinces.
The same innovative technology and connectivity that lies at the heart of MTN itself is used in the delivery of these programmes, thereby uplifting communities towards independence in this bold new digital world. Education remains at the core of the MTN SA Foundation’s strategy, receiving the largest allocation of funding. In 2017, the MTN SA Foundation invested more than R45 million in driving social development through the use of technology. This was achieved by focusing on ICT in education, enterprise development, health, arts and culture, and special projects. Some of the initiatives saw the building and equipping of custom-made ICT centres at two special needs schools, thus reaching over 300 learners with mild to severe mental and/or physical disabilities.
Staff volunteerism is a defining feature of the MTN corporate culture and the Foundation plays an important role in managing and supporting their efforts. The MTN SA Foundation remains committed to sustainable social investment and, as such, will continue to support South African communities on behalf of MTN SA in driving relevant social upliftment programmes.
Harnessing technology to improve lives in disadvantaged and rural communities across
South Africa. Read more
Application for Funding
Click here to apply for funding from the MTN SA Foundation
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