Sea Harvest decided to break the standard bursary mold and to award bursaries in various fields instead of focusing only on their specific industry!
Sea Harvest is a popular South African fishing company based in Saldanha Bay. The company strongly believes in working in it’s surrounding community, spending around R1 Million a year in community development!
The company recently awarded 31 bursaries to the youth within the Saldanha Bay community. They did things a little differently than other companies would have.
Usually when a company awards a bursary to a potential student, it is based in a specific field of study. The field of study generally relates back to the company thus meaning their generosity is rewarded with a skilled future employee.
Sea Harvest decided to invest in the potential of people bettering the community. They gave bursaries to people studying a variety of trades and skills, from the theatrical arts to civil engineering and everything in between!
“With so many promising students applying for bursaries, we decided to almost double the budget we had initially set aside this year.” Bursaries to the value of R297 000 were given to 31 students, the majority of whom were female.”
“Our intention is not to look after our own interests or to merely tick a box. We are invested in the Saldanha Bay area and we want to make a difference on a large scale. So, while funding a course of study in musical theatre or land surveying may have no direct benefit for our business, it can be of value to communities within the Saldanha Bay Municipality.” – Terence Brown, Foundation Chairperson
The company hosted an event where they handed over the bursaries. The students were encouraged to make their education a priority despite many challenging social issues. They were also encouraged to strive to become leaders who will positively influence the environments within which they will one day operate.
The varied fields of study ensures that we develop youth who are employable not only by Sea Harvest but within the broader South African economy.