In support of early childhood development (ECD) in schools, Sea Harvest in partnership with the Western Cape Education Department launched three pre-Grade R and Grade R classrooms in the Diazville community of Saldanha Bay for approximately 100 learners.
The new grade R school built by Sea Harvest in partnership with the Western Cape Education Department in Diazville, Saldanha
The Sea Harvest Foundation in conversation with its employees and local community began the task of addressing the issue of ECD and how it was being affected by overcrowding within schools in 2015. The outcome was a decision by the Sea Harvest Foundation to fund the building of additional classrooms, which resulted in a separate school on the premises of Diazville Primary.
“We are especially excited about the positive impact the school will have on the community as a result of the increased individual attention that the learners will be able to enjoy so that they can, ultimately, achieve their full potential and become valuable members of society,” said Terence Brown, Operations Director at Sea Harvest.
The building project also gave Sea Harvest the opportunity to develop a local black owned building contractor, West Coast Project Management and Investments, headed by Glenville Marinus. The school was designed to cater for its young learners with architect Heini van Niekerk adding safety features and an overall finish designed to minimise injury and encourage play.
In attendance was the Executive Mayor of the Saldanha Bay municipality Marius Koen, who re-affirmed the local council’s commitment to improving access to education and ensuring that there is investment in youth as the future leaders of their community.
“Our relationship with the community is based on the belief that, ‘Sea Harvest is Saldanha and Saldanha is Sea Harvest’. Efforts like these ensure that we commit to our goal of building an inclusive and prosperous community, and the school is only the start of a wonderful journey,” concluded Felix Ratheb, Chief Executive Officer of Sea Harvest.
About Sea Harvest:
1. Sea Harvest is a leading producer and marketer of premium seafood products. Its key species are Cape Hake, Shark Bay prawns, crabs and scallops, the products that have become sought after in local and international markets. Cape Hake is caught off the west and south coasts of South Africa where the unpolluted, nutrient-rich water of the cold Benguela current sweeps up from the Antarctic. Shark Bay prawns, crabs and scallops are caught along the west coast of Australia. Its key product brands are Sea Harvest (SA) and Nor-West Seafoods (Aus).
2. Sea Harvest’s core businesses, the South African hake fishery and Shark Bay prawn fishery are both Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified – the gold standard for sustainable wild-caught fishing practices.
3. Sea Harvest, along with four other fishing companies, Birdlife South Africa and the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), is a founding member of the Responsible Fisheries Alliance.
4. Sea Harvest Corporation is a certified Level 2 Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) contributor with an overall score of 98.90.
5. The Sea Harvest Group listed on the main board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in March 2017.
6. The Sea Harvest Group’s majority shareholder is JSE-listed Brimstone Investment Corporation Limited, a leading black-owned and controlled investment holding company.
7. Sea Harvest owns and has access to 30 vessels – 14 fresh fish vessels and 16 factory freezer vessels.
8. Sea Harvest’s investment in new product innovation over the years has earned it a Product of the Year award in 2015 for Oven Crisp Southern Style.
9. In July 2016, Sea Harvest was recognised as one of the Top 10 Icon Brands of South Africa 2016/2017 in the TGI Ask Afrika Icon Brands survey.
For more information about Sea Harvest, visit www.seaharvest.co.za or join the Sea Harvest Facebook page at @SeaHarvestSA.