A sea of beaming faces from the young pupils and teachers of Lamberts Bay Primary welcomed the school’s newest arrival; a brand new mini-bus kindly donated by South Africa’s largest fishing company, the Oceana Group.
Located in the small fishing village of Lamberts Bay on the Cape’s West Coast, Lamberts Bay Primary is home to nearly 170 pupils ranging from Grade R to Grade Seven. The school serves many local communities in the area, however pupils have often had to miss out on school excursions and sports events due to a lack of their own school transport. “This new school’s mini-bus will help tremendously in alleviating the challenges we have faced in the past with finding reliable learner transport”, the School Principal Mr Pierre Elstadt said. “We are a small school but I’m sure I speak for all the teachers, pupils and members of our community in thanking Oceana for this very kind donation.”
Grade Seven pupil, Micayla Swart was eloquent adding her own words of appreciation; “Our new school mini bus is a symbol of hope for our future, and it shows me that there are people and companies out there who really care about us. This will be a big help for our school, now we can start planning educational excursions outside Lamberts Bay as well as improving our sports by playing against other schools in the area.”
As one of South African most empowered companies on the JSE, Oceana’s Corporate Social Investment is focused on supporting food security and educational initiatives in the communities in which the company operates.
“Our company’s guiding principle is to convert fishing rights into tangible human rights, and we do this by investing in initiatives that provide the biggest positive impact where it is needed most,” said Jayesh Jaga, Oceana’s Managing Director of Lobster and Squid Division who was at handover event to present the school with the new mini-bus. “It is a privilege knowing that we are making a positive difference in the community, and for me, there can be no greater reward than seeing the appreciation and pride in the pupil’s faces when they saw their brand new mini bus for the first time.”
Final words of appreciation came from Grade Seven pupil, Juanick Johnson; “We know that having our own school minibus is not a right but a privilege and we are very grateful to Oceana for this donation. All the pupils here really appreciate this and all I can say is thank you very much.”