Transformation is a process initiated at the dawn of democracy in 1994 in South Africa to address the inequalities that resulted from the country’s past. As one of the largest black-owned companies in the South African fishing sector, one of the Group’s primary drivers is to continually improve on its transformation targets and, more importantly, to play an active role in empowering marginalised and disadvantaged groups and individuals. This is evidenced by the fact that Sea Harvest has moved from a Level 4 Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) company 10 years ago to a Level 1 company with a c.83% black ownership (up from 21% 15 years ago) and an overall B-BBEE score of 104.44 on the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) generic B-BBEE scorecard.
The Group’s dedication to a holistic 20-year transformation journey culminated in Sea Harvest being named the Most Empowered fishing and food company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in a special report about the empowerment credentials of JSE-listed companies, which was published by a South African media house in partnership with independent rating and research companies in November 2018.
Facilitating the transformation of the fishing industry has been an imperative for Sea Harvest since the advent of democracy in South Africa. In 1998, black-owned and managed Brimstone Investment Corporation (“Brimstone”) invested in Sea Harvest for the first time and eventually led a black consortium in buying out Tiger Brands’ majority shareholding in 2009. Brimstone gradually increased its shareholding to establish the 83% black-owned company that Sea Harvest is today. Other initiatives that have allowed Sea Harvest to boost transformation include the formation of Employee Share Trusts that allow employees to own a share in the company, thereby allowing the circle of benefit to include its staff. Sea Harvest has also made further strides in its transformation ambitions by implementing a Management Development Programme for high-performing employees from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.
During 2015, Sea Harvest entered into joint ventures with three smaller, black-owned businesses that hold long-term Deep-Sea Hake fishing rights, to assist them in catching and processing their allocated Cape Hake quota.
In 2018, Sea Harvest co-founded a R100 million South African Fisheries Development Fund to support small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the small-scale fishing sector. Through the Fund it provides marketing assistance, vessels and assets, management expertise, training and mentoring, and processing of fish to promote enterprise development. The primary objective of the Fund is to transform the fishing industry from the ground up by assisting smaller quota holders and small-scale fishers in catching their quotas, processing their catch, and accessing markets. For more information on the Fund and its activities go to https://fisheriesfund.co.za/en/.
CORPORATE SOCIAL INVESTMENT
Investing in local communities through the Sea Harvest Foundation Not-for-Profit Company (NPC) is another way in which Sea Harvest tries to bring about social change. The Group believes that the quality of its stakeholder relationships can be attributed to a willingness to engage openly and honestly, as well as understand and respond to stakeholders’ expectations.
EDUCATION & YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Empowering and supporting the youth in previously marginalised communities to become economically active and respectable members of society is a key focus of the Sea Harvest Foundation. It has allocated funds towards tertiary education bursaries, school sports equipment, a sponsorship to promote participation in surfing, and funding to encourage the youth’s involvement in music.
Sea Harvest Foundation Bursary Programme
Twenty years ago, we reframed our approach to responding to the needs of society, specifically in Saldanha Bay, with the establishment of the Sea Harvest Foundation. Since 2015, the Sea Harvest Foundation has awarded bursaries to tertiary students in any field of study within the Saldanha Bay Municipal area.
Surfing South Africa
Sea Harvest has sponsored Surfing South Africa since 2017 as part of its commitment towards youth development and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. The sponsorship was also aimed at developing new talent ahead of surfing’s debut as an official sport ahead of the anticipated 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, which has been postponed to 2021.
School Sports Equipment Handover
To promote a healthy, active lifestyle amongst youngsters who might otherwise be tempted to turn to drugs and alcohol, we partner with 24 low-income school sports teams in the Saldanha Bay municipal area. We provide them with sports kits and financial donations from the Sea Harvest Foundation.
Siyavuselela Sports and Skills Programme
The Sea Harvest Foundation plays an active role in the development of children in broader Cape Town through its partnership with the Siyavuselela programme. The sports programme creates opportunities for children to persue a possible career path in sport, while the life skills programme focuses on building character and mental strength.
The Sea Harvest Foundation focuses on ensuring that Sea Harvest staff and local community members have access to basic health services. For the five years ending 2019, funds have been donated to, inter alia, ensure the provision of social services to local communities in the Saldanha Bay municipal area; provide long-distance transport to medical facilities for Sea Harvest employees who live in rural areas on the Cape west coast, and support the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust and an annual two-week dental clinic operated by Dr Joseph Joshua.
Department of Social Development Satellite Offices
The Sea Harvest Foundation collaborates with the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) to help address various social ills affecting communities. It does so by providing funding for satellite DSD offices in Saldanha Bay.
Kids for Kids Initiative
Sea Harvest’s annual Kids for Kids initiative is aimed at raising funds for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. The funds have been used to purchase a Giraffe Warmer machine, do building renovations and upgrades, establish a Child Safe Centre and for additional operating times to perform operations on patients on a waiting list.
Since 2013, Sea Harvest has partnered with dental practitioner and former Sea Harvest Foundation bursary recipient, Dr Joseph Joshua, to provide an annual free dental clinic in the Saldanha Bay municipal area. Originally from White City, Dr Joshua makes the trip from his home in the Netherlands every year to invest in the local communities.
By supporting aspiring business owners, community-based sports clubs, feeding schemes, community-focused government programmes (example, World Food Day and World Fisheries Day), and other initiatives, the Sea Harvest Foundation has been able to drive social change at local community level. Millions of rands have been invested to empower local communities. This amount excludes that spent on black-owned small-, medium- and macro-sized enterprises.
West Coast Business Development Centre (WCBDC)
Sea Harvest has been a long-standing donor of the WCBDC. In 2018, the Foundation sponsored a Reputation Matters’ Awesome AfriCAN initiative. This saw 11 small business owners and 13 community members attend a computer literacy course – for many, it was their first experience of working on a computer.
Fish Factories Tournament
Sea Harvest contributes to the local community by investing in their physical wellbeing. The Foundation funds several community-based sports clubs. Sea Harvest has also provided funding towards the Fish Factory Tournament annually since 1987 and in recent years has entered rugby, soccer and netball teams to participate in the tournament.
Middelpos Neighbourhood Watch Community Centre
Thanks to Sea Harvest’s donation of a container and furniture, a Neighbourhood Watch Community Centre opened its doors in Middelpos, an informal settlement in Saldanha which has become a crime hotspot. The mobile unit is a base for the local neighbourhood watch and serves as a central point for the South African Police Service.
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
Sea Harvest believes that a human being’s holistic wellness is significantly influenced by the quality of his/her early childhood development (ECD).
Grade R School
Sea Harvest with its employees and local community members began addressing the issue of ECD and how it was being affected by overcrowding in 2015. This led Sea Harvest to fund three pre-Grade R/Grade R classrooms for around 100 learners in Diazville Saldanha Bay with the Western Cape Education Department.
Jungle Gym at Bersheba Hardetjies and Bright Kids
Bersheba Hardetjies and Bright Kids are two of many ECD centres that receive support in the form of fish product donations, educational toys, outdoor equipment and infrastructure development from the Foundation.
In response to a request from employees to help ensure their children aren’t bored and tempted to engage in risky behaviour during school holidays, Sea Harvest launched a holiday club in partnership with an NPO. The organization caters for 100 children, providing them with at least one cooked meal per day, educational toys and caregivers.
Aside from its key focus areas, Sea Harvest through the Foundation invests in many other diverse projects aimed at benefitting and supporting community initiatives that will contribute towards developing a sense of social pride or that address a serious need. In most cases, funding is allocated to the relevant organisations on an annual basis.
World Food Day
Sea Harvest continues to support the DAFF in commemorating World Food Day by raising awareness on the issues of poverty and hunger. As a member state of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), South Africa observes this day by organising public awareness campaigns, which support the National Programmes for Food and Nutrition Security.
World Fisheries Day
Sea Harvest participates in this annual event hosted by then South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), World Fisheries Day is celebrated throughout the world every year on November 21 to highlight the importance of the fishing industry and its contribution towards, inter alia, food security.
National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI)
The Sea Harvest Foundation’s decision to support the NSRI is directly related to the role Sea Harvest plays in protecting our oceans, much like the NSRI saves lives and promotes vessel safety. Our annual donation towards the Mykonos base enables the Institute to respond to emergency situations and save countless lives on the Cape’s west […]