Companies can no longer be solely focused on creating wealth; it is incumbent on every responsible corporate citizen to consider how it spends its money in order to demonstrate care for its employees and the communities in and around which it operates.
Twenty years ago, Sea Harvest formalised this approach to responding to the needs of society, specifically in Saldanha Bay and surrounding communities, with the establishment of the Sea Harvest Foundation.
Sea Harvest Foundation Bursary Recipients 2018
Since 1998 the Sea Harvest Foundation has been rewarding bursaries to students from the local community for their hard work and dedication towards their studies.
A total of 23 bursaries valued at R251 000 were awarded to students in various fields of study, including Education, Human Resource Management, Accounting, Mechanical Engineering, Consumer Science Food and Nutrition, Computer Science, Chemistry and much more.
According Learning and Development HOD, Donavon Goliath, statistics shows that only 14% of the youth gets the opportunity to explore tertiary education, calling the 2018 bursary recipients the privileged ones.
Out of the 23 bursary recipients, 14 of their parents are employed by Sea Harvest. “Although we do not award full bursaries, we want to assist as many parents and students with the financial aid as possible,” explained Human Resource Director, Mary- Lou Harry.
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Since 1998, the Foundation has been used as a vehicle through which Sea Harvest has tried to drive social change by directing a portion of the wealth it creates towards projects that benefit, uplift and empower South Africans in communities on the Cape west coast. Millions of Rands have been invested in projects through partnerships with government and non-profit organisations.
The impact that Sea Harvest has had on local communities as a result of the Foundation’s activities was evaluated in 2016. One of the decisions resulting from this process was to restructure the Foundation as a non-profit company (NPC) to improve its ability to assess and respond to applications for support.
The Foundation’s focus areas – education; health; as well as sports, community, business and early childhood development – were also restated.