Etosha Fishing remains steadfast in its commitment to carry on with its school feeding scheme, despite the three year moratorium imposed on pilchard catches by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources last year.

The company supplies canned pilchards to seven schools across Walvis Bay, feeding about 2,200 learners every day during school days. This figure has increased from 1,800 learners in 2017, illustrating the dire need that exists for a proper meal among underprivileged young school children. The feeding scheme is coordinated through the Promiseland Trust, a non-profit welfare organisation that cares for and assists disadvantaged and destitute children in the poor communities of Walvis Bay. Merlus Seafood Processors also contributes to the feeding scheme with the supply of about 750 loafs of bread on a weekly basis. Annually about 25 000 loafs of bread are distributed through the Promiseland Trust feeding scheme.

“Despite tough times, we cannot default on our promise to provide at least one daily meal to these underprivileged children. This is often the only wholesome meal that they will receive in a day,” Etosha Fishing MD Pieter Greeff said. Etosha Fishing has been part of the Promiseland Trust feeding scheme since its inception in 2013.

Etosha Fishing Corporation is a leading player in the pelagic fishing industry and currently the only operational cannery in Walvis Bay. It cans pilchard for well-known brands such as Lucky Star and Glenryck. It also pioneered value addition to Namibia’s own Horse Mackerel with the introduction of its home-grown, canned EFUTA Maasbanker brand in 2014. In view of the decline of Namibia’s own pilchard resource in recent times and to sustain jobs at its cannery, Etosha Fishing has been importing on average between 8,000 and 10,000 metric tons of frozen pilchards annually since 2010 for local value addition.

“We are really blessed with the food donations. There is a huge need for this among our children,” said Mrs Eixas of the Tutaleni Primary School in Narraville. The school has about 1,440 learners and conducts two feeding sessions daily – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The canned pilchards are warmed up and served with either pap or bread.

A touching personal letter from the learners of !Nara Primary School addressed to Etosha Fishing reads: “Thank you, you are our godmother… Thank you for supporting us. We the learners of !Nara school gets energy from your food and this helps us to concentrate better at school because we enjoy your food.”

Schools that benefit from the feeding scheme include Tutaleni Primary, Flamingo Primary, Dune Side High, Narraville Primary, !Naras Primary, Duinesig Primary and Kuiseb Primary schools. Promiseland also has its own feeding project that benefits from Etosha’s pilchard donations. The Trust provides daily meals in two sittings from Monday to Friday for roughly 250 vulnerable children at the Promiseland Centre in Kuisebmond. The first meal is prepared and served to pre-primary children during their morning activities at the Promiseland Centre and the second for school-going children in the afternoons.

Should anyone wish to contribute to the Promiseland Trust feeding scheme or find out more about the Trust they can visit the website at

Mrs Eixas of Tutaleni Primary School pictured with Rudolfine (middle) and Marietjie (right) who are responsible for the preparation and dishing out of warm meals to the learners during break time. Two feeding sessions are conducted daily to meet the demand for a wholesome meal at their school.


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