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Fishing organisation develops female employees

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As the largest employer in Saldanha Bay and employing more than 1 300 women, many opportunities for career growth have been created at Sea Harvest.

“The support I received from Sea Harvest motivated me to achieve more,” says Gillian Felaar, factory shift manager at Sea Harvest Saldanha. “I come from a single-parent household and witnessed how hard my mother worked. After matric I completed a National Diploma in Food Technology and my goal was to become a manager before I turned 30. In July 2014, at the age of 29, I was appointed as quality systems manager,” Felaar says. Today Felaar is a factory shift manager at Sea Harvest.

Factory shift managers and quality systems managers ensure that both the employees and the processes put function at the required levels to maintain the quality of products.

“A total of 12 195 Sea Harvest staff members received training from the beginning of 2010 to the end of 2015, 60% of which were female,” says Mary-Lou Harry, human resource director.

For Idolene Macca, factory shift manager at Sea Harvest Saldanha Bay, attitude is everything.

“I have been with Sea Harvest since 2013 and quickly learned that working to the best of one’s abilities goes a long way. Since joining the company, I have been offered various opportunities for growth. In 2015, I was promoted to factory shift manager. For me, continuous learning is important as it creates new opportunities,” she says.

 “I have learnt that obstacles are necessary to prepare for success,” says Sthoko Nyawo, quality systems manager. “Throughout my life I have faced many challenges and it is only with sheer determination that I have been able to succeed,” she says.

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