Driven by empowerment

A seafood provider promises to keep up with the trend of ploughing back into communities.

25 February 2020 | Supplements

Ndapanda Pohamba; Sales & marketing at Tunacor; “We hope to open our new facility in May this year.”

The Tunacor Group Ltd which is known by many today, has come a long way since its establishment in Walvis Bay more than 60 years ago.

The company grew from a pilchard cannery and fishmeal factory.

Initially under South African and later Spanish ownership, the company expanded rapidly into the flagship it is today once it became wholly Namibian owned in 2014.

The Tunacor fleet consists of twelve trawlers and three long liner fishing boats.

The company employs more than 2000 Namibians countrywide, with provision to create another 250 additional jobs with a horse mackerel processing facility that will open soon.

Ndapanda Pohamba, sales & marketing senior officer at Tunacor, says that the company hopes to start production at the horse mackerel processing plant in May this year.

The 4000m2 facility will be fitted with solar panels to supply eco-friendly electricity.

Tunacor, however, does not only take responsibility for their environment, but also has a heart for their community.

The company awarded 45 dedicated Hanganeni Artisanal Fishing Association (HAFA) shore anglers with fishing rods, reels and fishing line in July last year.

Gerrie Hough, managing director of Namsov (under which Tunacor operates), said that the donation is a token of their support of the Hanganeni fishing program and the individuals who keep the project afloat.

HAFA is a job creation initiative by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources which employs shore anglers to catch fish that is sold for an income.

Recipients of Tunacor’s kindness are all active and full members of the HAFA initiative.

Full members of the program are full-time shore anglers for Hanganeni and take part in Hanganeni’s corporate decision-making process as well as having access to benefits like joining a health scheme, social security, accident support and funeral support. Their special fishing permits allow them unlimited catch, with the exception of breeding stock and a limit of five big fish (± 70cm size) a day.

“We will take care of these gifts - that’s what one does when somebody blesses you from the kindness of their hearts,” said Hannes Haoses, a chosen representative of the HAFA anglers who were honoured.

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