Hangana Seafood promotes more women
Hangana Seafood is a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group of Companies operating in Walvis Bay with about 1200 employees of which 200 are fishermen operating on its vessels. Hangana employs a total female work force of 638, including temporary workers, of which 601 work in processing.
In line with the O&L Group purpose: “Creating a future, enhancing life”, and the Group Vision, “To be the Most Progressive and Inspiring Company”, Hangana Seafood employed Martha Shitayi as a deckhand. Managing Director of Hangana Seafood, Herman Theron said “Employing a female on board our vessel posed a lot of challenges to the company. We are, however, proud to say that we did not stand in Martha’s way when she expressed an interest to enter this world.” In addressing these challenges and in alignment to its seven core values, Hangana Seafood management have assisted Martha Shitayi to grow from her employed position of a deckhand, which is quite risky in terms of physical labour, to that of a first mate, second in command of the vessel.
Aune Nantinda, Manager: Production at Hangana has been with the company for almost four years. She says she appreciates the values the company operates by and the team that stands together as a family. She says: “I have gained experience in areas of service, employee relations and management. Recognition and acknowledgements that I receive prove to me that Hangana values its people.” There is always room for improvement and Aune would like to see that the company gets more quotas so that the dream of value addition can be fulfilled. She believes that women are more responsible and they adapt to changes better. “I must also highlight that the speed and the agility with which women can work is amazing. It is also important to note that women form a better working community and that the social atmosphere creates a more efficient workforce.”
Monaliza Nanus, a fish processor at has worked for the company for 20 years. She says there is something exceptional about being selected as the Best Company To Work For.
Regarding the O&L Group she works for she said: “I look forward to O&L becoming the most progressive and inspiring company that will still create a brighter future and enhance more lives and more specifically for Hangana Seafood.”