An environment thriving with opportunities

2016-09-07 06:00
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EYETHU Fishing has a proud record of offering employment and skills development opportunities, more than doubling its workforce from 171 employees to 388 in the last two years.

As a company that focuses on quality as one of its core values, staff development and training are critical aspects.

Almost everyone who has completed learnerships has been permanently employed, which displays the commitment to creating diverse opportunities.

“We aim to create an environment where people want to work and have long-lasting careers. A satisfying work experience on all levels will result in an engaged, energetic and productive workforce,” says HR manager Rochelle Thomas.

Eyethu Fishing provides these opportunities guided by ethical employment policies, with employment equity, wellness, career development and communication part of the foundation of creating a healthy, motivated workforce.

General manager Tertius Traut explains, “Training and communication go together, because we need employees who contribute skills, flexibility and a resourceful focus on the future as we face challenges in the industry and economy.”

Special efforts are made to create opportunities for women who take the initiative to grow. Jetty administrator Funeka Matshaya, who started her career as a factory worker, confirms this.

“I have worked here for many years and have grown a lot thanks to the training and help.”

Joy Nkwini, who started as a secretary, is now a procurement buyer. This is the same for Ayanda Quqela, who started as a general worker and is now a senior supervisor.

The commitment to developing staff was also clear when the company recently sponsored and trained Sakhumzi Lwangayi, who is Eyethu Fishing’s first African male skipper and started out as a deckhand.

Creating opportunities for people with disabilities is also part of the company’s credo, and it has implemented general management learnership programmes for five disabled employees.

Training makes learners more employable in the wider industry, in areas such as fish and seafood processing, personal safety, logistics, production and maintenance. Eyethu Fishing also offers employment in its fish market on the corner of Westbourne and Albany Roads.

“We are very happy with the progress of the fish market, and our customer base is growing,” says retail manager Joy Williams. “We currently supply 28 restaurants and our customers come from as far as Addo and Kirkwood.”

Deli assistant Mavis Block agrees. “My job is very rewarding. Customers are always complimenting us on the quality of our fish, our display layout and on the fact that we never run out of product because we plan and prepare. Our regulars are so friendly and appreciative; they even have nicknames for us. We already know who would like what kind of fish, so we phone them when it arrives.”

The fish market opened in 2013 and sells fresh and frozen fish to the public. Fresh hake fillets, kingklip, monk, gurnard, butter bream, sole and line fish are sold on weekdays from 8:00 to 17:00 and on Saturdays from 8:00 to 13:00.

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