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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Celebrating Mandela’s legacy
“The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire all of us to help change the world for the better, empowering disadvantaged communities as we build a global movement for doing good,” says Oceana CEO Francois Kuttel.
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.”
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.
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.”
“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."
Sentinel Primary School
“Donations such as the school minibus have freed up funds for additional needs such as stationery for the teachers; created revenue for the bus driver’s salary, upkeep of the bus and petrol expenses through transporting learners from other schools; provided employment opportunities for two community members and instilled pride in the community as their poor school has its own bus like other rich schools,” said principal Amanda Engelbrecht."