Public Sector Manager - - ADVERTORIAL -

This year’s cel­e­bra­tions are a par­tic­u­larly mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion for the Oceana Group, as not only does this year mark the cen­te­nary of the birth of Nel­son Man­dela, but it also com­mem­o­rates 100 years of Oceana Group’s value cre­ation for gen­er­a­tions to come. We are im­mensely hon­oured to share this mo­men­tous mile­stone with the great Madiba, par­tic­u­larly as it was on the back of his legacy that we un­der­took our jour­ney to be­come one of the key play­ers in shap­ing sus­tain­abil­ity and value cre­ation in to­day’s fish­ing in­dus­try.

As we re­flect on Man­dela’s cen­te­nary, which fo­cuses on shel­ter, vol­un­teerism, ed­u­ca­tion, literacy and food se­cu­rity, we can proudly share that we have main­tained long-term, sus­tain­able eco­nomic and so­ci­etal value for South Africans, through our con­certed ef­forts to con­vert fish­ing rights into shared value for our em­ploy­ees, stake­hold­ers and the com­mu­ni­ties in which we op­er­ate. We have grown from a com­pany em­ploy­ing 500 peo­ple in 1927 to cur­rently sup­port­ing close to 6 000 em­ploy­ees across South Africa, Namibia, An­gola and the United States.

As re­cently as last year, the group faced a tremen­dous threat to job and food se­cu­rity with the con­tin­ued drought in the West­ern Cape. To se­cure the liveli­hood of our em­ploy­ees and pro­mote food se­cu­rity, we have in­vested R30 mil­lion in two new sea­wa­ter de­sali­na­tion plants which are de­signed to pump and se­cure 1.4 mil­lion litres of wa­ter sup­ply to our two Lucky Star can­ner­ies and fish­meal fa­cil­i­ties in St He­lena Bay and Laaiplek.

As one of the most em­pow­ered com­pa­nies on the Jo­han­nes­burg Stock Ex­change, our solid trans­for­ma­tion cre­den­tials show our com­mit­ment and con­tri­bu­tion to an in­clu­sive econ­omy and the so­ci­etal is­sues faced by our coun­try. As a found­ing mem­ber of the Re­spon­si­ble Fish­eries Al­liance, to­gether with the WWF South Africa, Birdlife South Africa and three other fish­ing com­pa­nies, we ad­vo­cate the im­por­tance of sus­tain­able fish­ing by keep­ing our marine ecosys­tem healthy and pre­serv­ing our oceans.

We re­flect our com­mit­ment to vol­un­tarism, ed­u­ca­tion and food se­cu­rity through our var­i­ous cor­po­rate so­cial in­vest­ment pro­grammes. We con­tinue to show our stead­fast sup­port to Man­dela Day through our part­ner­ship with Stop Hunger Now SA by di­rect­ing con­sid­er­able ef­forts to­wards erad­i­cat­ing hunger on a na­tional scale ev­ery year. To date, our em­ploy­ees have brought hope and a sense of se­cu­rity to our county’s most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren by pack­ing more than 200 000 meals in the last six years through this sig­nif­i­cant part­ner­ship.

As we cel­e­brate our 100-year an­niver­sary, to the great Madiba we say thank you. You have paved the way and laid the foun­da­tion for an in­clu­sive, em­pow­ered so­ci­ety and have in­spired us all to con­tinue your legacy.

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