us to convert fishing rights into shared value and continue to deliver social and environmental dividends to society. Areas of potential growth include marine science, engineering, vessel crewing, supply chain, artisans, food safety and supply of vessels and related equipment. Oceana invested R28.3 million in skills development in South Africa and Namibia in 2019 and offered leamerships, internships and graduate programmes to empower the youth. A key part of the Oceana Group’s strategy in terms of empowerment and greater participation in the Oceans Economy is the Oceana Maritime Academy which will be launched and fully operational in the first quarter of 2021. Oceana has launched this exciting initiative with an initial R40 million capital investment and will spend R35 million a year on fishing sector skills and training with a particular focus on small scale fishers. The state-of-the-art facility in the Hout Bay harbour precinct is an investment in the future of the South African and international fishing industry, being the only academy in South Africa that focuses exclusively on the needs of the fishing industry, both small scale and commercial. Seeking to address the scarce and critical skills shortage in the industry, the Oceana Maritime Academy will offer world-class, accredited and industry relevant maritime skills and training that will provide the industry with new talent while enabling small scale fishers to fish more productively, profitably and sustainably. The Academy will draw attendees from the local Hout Bay community, the small scale fishing sector from all over South Africa, Oceana Group employees, as well as anyone interested in a career in the fishing industry, and offer training in a broad range of skills. This shared value initiative will not only strengthen the Oceana business and the talent pipeline pool for the entire industry, but will help build a stronger, more prosperous and equitable country. While Oceana’s strength lies in fishing, with its core business being the catching, procuring, processing, marketing and distribution of canned fish, fishmeal, fish oil, horse mackerel, hake, lobster & squid, the Group has a diversified portfolio of operations which extend to the provision of refrigerated warehouse facilities and logistical support. Oceana markets and sells close to 300,000 tons of fish and fish products in 46 countries in Africa, North America, Asia, Europe and Australia and as part of further diversification in the Blue Economy, is seeking to move into longer term sustainable fish supply in aquaculture. Oceana views the Oceans Economy as a key driver of sustainable economic growth, job creation and food security, yet the Group remains fully committed to protecting the integrity of the country’s marine ecosystems. Yet fishing is but one way in which the Oceana Group is seeking to empower the communities in which it operates. Through the Group’s flagship brand Lucky Star, the company has partnered with the West Coast Business Development Centre (WCBDC) to assist aspirant and existing business owners in the small West Coast towns of Laingville, Steenberg’s Cove, Stompneusbaai, Velddrif and Lamberts Bay. Lucky Star provided the WCBDC with the building to be able to provide its services to the St Helena Bay community, resulting in the WCBDC in 2019 assisting almost 200 entrepreneurs with a variety of services. Oceana recognises that the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) sector will be one of the key drivers of economic growth and development and employment in years to come and therefore is an active enabler and supporter through initiatives such as interestfree loans, training and infrastructure support, which seek to unlock the inherent potential in this sector, particularly for rural coastal communities. At Oceana, we believe that by working together, the glaring inequalities which so blight South Africa’s beautiful landscape, can be overcome and we can create a country where opportunity, inclusivity and prosperity for all can find a home.
SPECIAL FEATURE Main ports, controlled and managed by Transnet National Ports Authority Facilities Key cargo/function Plans Saldanha Slipways, quayside facilities (Mossgas Jetty). Fabrication facility (FerroMarine Africa). Iron ore. Industrial Development Zone. Oil and gas supply base and rig repair. Cape Town SWL floating crane, two graving docks, syncrolift. Cruiseship terminal. General cargo, General cargo. containers, drydocking. Enhance Promote drydock, marine invest engineering marine capability fleet, improve for oil loading and gas times. sector. Mossel Bay Two offshore mooring points. Slipway. PetroSA logistics base. Fishing. Slipway upgrade. Ngqura Rig repair. Containers, dry and liquid bulk. Expand rig repair. Serve Coega IDZ. Port Elizabeth Container terminals, bunkering, slipway. Vehicles, manganese, general cargo. Removal of manganese to Ngqura, creation of leisure waterfront. East London Dry dock and repair quay. Vehicles and grain. Serves East London IDZ. Recent upgrades have been done. Durban Ship repair. One graving dock, several floating docks. Three repair quays. Private quayside facilities (EBH and Dormac). Cruise-ship terminal. Vehicles and multicargo. Improve access for trucks, back-of-port. New storage areas. Richards Bay Richards Bay Coal Terminal. Repair berth in small craft harbour. Serves IDZ. Coal. Possible gas and renewable energy hub. Service offshore oil and gas sector. 437 SOUTH WESTERN AFRICAN CAPE BUSINESS 2021 2019
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