TerraSan is derived from the Latin words ‘terra” and “sano”, which means “healthy earth”. As an integral part of our business, we always strive to maintain a balance between our business practises, the environment and the people involved.
As such, all our operations prescribe to environmentally friendly practices, with a large focus on the sustainability of both product and job opportunities for the communities we operate in.
Noordhoek Primary School
Noordhoek Primary School is situated in Velddrif, a small fishing community on the West Coast, where the offices and workshop of TerraSan Pelagic Fishery is situated. The school has a total of 979 learners.
Due to the low income bracket of the community, the school has been proclaimed a “No Fee School” by Government. This means that no learner pays school fees and the Western Cape Education Department allocates a certain amount of money to the school to pay all costs.
The prescribed ratio of teacher to learners is 1:35, however in 2015, Noordhoek Primary was faced with a ratio of 1:51 in the Foundation Phase.
In order to provide quality education and less learners per class, the school had to fund 3 additional educators without the assistance of the Western Cape Education Department.
To address this challenge, TerraSan Pelagic Fishery undertook to donate R130 000 (90% of CSI Budget) to the Noordhoek Primary School towards funding a Foundation Phase teacher (Gr R-3) for 2016.
Velddrif High School
Being the only high school in town, the Velddrif High School plays a pivotal role in the final shaping of the learner before entering his/her tertiary education phase.
The school recognises the fact that learners need to be shaped holistically in Sport, Education and Drama.
Sharing this vision, TerraSan Pelagic Fishery sponsored the school’s rugby team with branded t-shirts.
Oranjevis Joint Venture
Oranjevis made substantial donations to both primary and secondary schools in the towns of Hopefield, Vredenburg and St. Helena Bay.
The donations were made at a special CSI and long service awards function held in St. Helena Bay on 21 October 2015.
Additional interventions by Oranjevis also include a Local Beach Clean-up Campaign held on 9 October 2015 in St. Helena Bay.
Yomelelani Early Childhood Development Centre
The Directors of Aqunion made a decision to spend 1% of their profit (after taxes) on Corporate Social Investment initiatives.
As a subsidiary of the TerraSan Group, Aqunion’s corporate social investments are also largely directed towards education, more specifically the development of children in the early years (0-5 years).
Having identified a need in the Overberg Municipality area – where roughly 4500 or 61% of children in this age bracket have no access to any educare facility – Aqunion chose Yomelelani Early Childhood Development Centre in Zwehihle, Hermanus
Yomelelani was chosen for the following reasons:
- It is already certified by the Department of Education.
- The school has an experienced council and personnel in place.
- Old buildings existed, which could simply be renovated.
- The school grounds could accommodate further development.
- The Overstrand Municipality offered to maintain all the school buildings. As well as handle all blueprints and approvals for new building additions.
Aqunion suggested renovating the old buildings on the property in order to expand the school to accommodate a further 90 children. Phase 1 of the project was completed in 2015 at a cost of R606 100 – making space for an additional 50 children. Phase 2 was completed in April 2016 at a cost of R486 000.
Aqunion’s commitment to expand the school also inspired a group of foreigners to donate R300 000 to Yomelelani, which is being used to cover the cost of additional staff until the certification of the bigger school is completed by the Department of Education.
Other Social Investments
- NSRI: Monthly donation of R450 to the National Sea Rescue Institute since 2015.
- Mandela Day: Donation to 2 orphanages in Zwehihle, Hermanus and an orphanage in Hawston, which included toys, books, fruit and biscuits totalling R5000 in value.
- Gansbaai Primary School: R5300 donation to cover the costs of the under-13 Netball team’s tour, as well as a R20 000 donation towards the new Netball courts.
- Home for Disabled Children in Elim: R4966.31 donation, which included the construction of a playpark, as well as the purchase of crayons and colouring books.
- Marine United Soccer Club: Donation of R2000 to be used for new soccer jerseys and apparel.
- Black Leaves Fish Cup Tournament: R3000 donation made to local rugby team to attend tournament in Velddrif.
The TerraSan Group is committed to B-BBEE and is building on previous good B-BBEE scores. Currently, 28% of the shareholding in TerraSan Group Limited qualifies as B-BBEE.
Imbaza Mussels (Pty) Ltd
Blue Ocean Mussels (Pty) Ltd has a 28% share in Imbaza Mussels (Pty) Ltd which is its strategic and B-BBEE partner to ensure the South African mussel industry is reflective of black empowerment objectives. The National Empowerment Fund is the funder and Blue Ocean Mussels in turn the technical partner and mentor to Imbaza.
Imbaza is already the biggest mussel farm in South Africa with a design capacity of 1250 ton per year. Imbaza has created 13 sustainable farm jobs and many more in downstream processing.
Blue Ocean Mussels (Pty) Ltd has a level 2 B-BBEE score and embraces the challenges of South Africa by providing a sustainable source of food that is rated high on the SASSI green list.