Focused on our corporate social investment (CSI) pillars of food security and education, an important aspect of our commitment to converting global fishing resources into shared value is our investment in improving the socio-economic conditions of the coastal communities in which we operate.

While our most significant contribution to economic wellbeing of neighbouring communities is through our core business activities, we provided additional focused support through our CSI initiatives co-ordinated through the Oceana Foundation in South Africa.

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Oceana lends their support to the community after the devastating Hout Bay fires leave thousands destitute.

In support of the estimated 15 000 victims who have been left homeless after the devastating fire in Hout Bay over the weekend, Oceana has donated over 30 000 cans of Lucky Star pilchards to the approximate value of R300 000 for immediate relief.

Oceana has also made available to Thula Thula, the Lucky Star Hout Bay warehouse, for the storage and distribution of donated items.

“This tragedy has left many families within this community destitute,” comments Oceana’s CEO Francois Kuttel. “We specifically chose to donate Lucky Star cans which can be easily opened with a ring-pull as most of the victims have had all their belongings destroyed and only managed to escape with the clothes that they were wearing.”

“It is in times like this, that we witness the true heroes of the community, and the depth of our ability to come together to make a difference by supporting the affected. Our deepest respect goes to the brave fire fighters who have worked tirelessly to stop the spread of the fire while the community of Hout Bay must be commended for pulling together in this time of need. The public and local business have opened their hearts and are working diligently to co-ordinate relief measures and provide humanitarian aid for all those who are suffering,” adds Kuttel.

“Our Company has a history in Hout Bay going back more than 60 years and this community is very close to our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost family, friends and their homes in this terrible disaster.”

All systems go for HP Williams Primary School students in 2017, thanks to a new school minibus from Oceana

“The bus is a great gift for our school. We can now be much more independent, because previously we always had to rely on taxis for transport. Now that we have our own transport, the best part is that we can save money and the school can now develop. At H. P. Williams we work sparingly with money and really appreciate any donations we receive. Therefore, we as a school want to thank Oceana for the great gift. We really appreciate it and can assure you that we can and will have many uses for the bus," said HP Primary’s Head Boy, Isidor Erasmus.”

Graafwater Primary School receives wheels to reach their dreams

“One of our biggest prayers is being answered today,” remarks an excited grade 7 pupil and the school’s head girl, Jody Fransman. “In the past we enviously had to watch other surrounding schools pull up with their mini busses at various events, while the lack of our own transport has hindered us from attending events in neighbouring towns. Now we are ready to take on the world.”

Masiphathisane Primary School

“The schooling community of Masiphathisane Primary School is indebted to the Oceana Foundation for their generosity and support to ensure that our learners have access to all the opportunities available to them.”

NSRI

“The National Sea Rescue Institute is run by volunteers and relies on donations such as these to be able to continue to provide their services along the South African coast."

Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa

Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa (SHN SA) is a volunteer based meal packaging and results oriented nutrition programme, which was started in South Africa in 2009.

Oceana has been supporting Stop Hunger Now since 2011 as the work done by SHN supports our CSI strategy, empowers communities and plays a huge role in eradication of poverty and hunger. Our employees have participated in various meal packaging events on the West Coast and our financial support and staff volunteering their time saw the Oceana Group being selected by Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa (SHNSA) in 2012 as the beneficiary of an artwork by South African artist, Riaan van Zyl. The painting was donated to SHNSA with the request that the painting is given to a donor partner who assisted the organisation in achieving its vision of stopping child hunger.