Fishermen thrown a life-line

2017-03-30 06:02
Frederi Steyn-Visser with five fishermen who were affected by fire in Imizamo Yethu. Fishermen are Irius David, Moses Paulus, Hofni Hihalwa, Vikizitha Ntshangase and Julius Lungameni.                                                 PHOTO: Voox Sonandzi

Frederi Steyn-Visser with five fishermen who were affected by fire in Imizamo Yethu. Fishermen are Irius David, Moses Paulus, Hofni Hihalwa, Vikizitha Ntshangase and Julius Lungameni. PHOTO: Voox Sonandzi

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“A Black man should be more independent and depend on himself for his freedom and not to take it for granted that someone would lead him to it. The Blacks are tired of standing at the touchlines to witness a game that they should be playing. They want to do things for themselves and all by themselves.”

These words by the late Black Consciousness proponent Steven Biko were top of the minds of the Lusitania Empowerment Trust (LET) when it partnered with Well-Grown Fishing to re-establish a 100% Black owned entity under the Bato Star Holdings (Pty).

Even the late Tata Madiba’s words that: “Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.”, resonates with the partners.

It is more than just success and money that is the driving force behind this entity and its shareholders.

Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu: “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world,”. It is the mantra the shareholders operate by.

So when LET discovered that five of the fishermen employed on West Coast Rock Lobster fishing vessels, were affected by the recent fire that razed their house to the ground in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay, the trustees decided to make a cash donation to the fire victims.

Frederi Steyn-Visser and Patrick Mngxunyeni banded together to offer R25,000-00 to the families of these fishermen.

When they met with the fishermen to discuss how best to utilise these funds, the unanimous request was for beds and bedding.

LET promised to take up their plight and undertook to assist in replacing these items for them.

As both Steyn-Visser and Mngxunyeni are also directors of BSH, they quickly realised that BSH could play a vital role in the re-establishment of these families when the men explained that their work gear was lost in the fire.

“We undertook to pay for replacement of their work gear, which would enable them to return to work to earn a living for their families. These men furthermore made a simple request for help with their dire need for shoes, which BSH took to heart and shall be resolving,” said Steyn-Visser.

Mngxunyeni said helping their fishermen was a good decision to take.

“We are helping them because they make our business work in return,” he said.|

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