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Oceana to keep doors open, Fawu pleased

The fishmeal factory faced closure after some Hout Bay residents complained of the foul smell.

Workers of Oceana Group marched to the mayor’s office against the proposed closure of the factory on 11 September 2015. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has welcomed a Hout Bay fishing company's decision not to shut its doors.

Oceana Group announced today that it would no longer close down its factory after it brokered a five-year deal with various stakeholders, including the Labour Department and Western Cape Government.

The fishmeal facility faced closure after some Hout Bay residents complained of the foul smell emanating from it.

Fawu's Katishi Masemola says he's pleased all 98 employees will retain their jobs.

"We welcome change of heart on the part of the City of Cape Town. We also welcome the fact that Oceana Group is fixed to continue operating and to do what it's called to do, to mitigate this matter from continuing to affect the community."

At the same time, Oceana's Kevin Changoo says the facility is looking to increase its 60-day target back up to 120 to return to profitability.

"We have now set up the business for long-term sustainability. So we look forward to continued operations at our depot. There's discussion and post agreement with our staff; we actually are now looking at reverting back to pre-2012 figures which is approximately 120 to 180 production days in a year."

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