About Us

Our Story

Afritex is a global group of companies, which consists of a team of professionals that are passionate and driven in their careers.  Our team works together as a family, striving to achieve the same goal of excellence in terms of the quality of seafood we supply, client services and overall commitment and dedication to every aspect of our business.
We have put together a team of experts in their relative fields, some having over 20 years experience.  Our dynamic team ensures the smooth running of all our operations, which consists of two Longline tuna and swordfish operations in Beira, Mozambique and Port Louis, Mauritius; Trawler operations in Maputo, Mozambique; Retail operations in South Africa and finally the Food Trading Platform our team of experts are in the process of developing.  Our fishing operations include a self-owned fleet of 14 Longline, 3 Trawler and 2 Demersal vessels.

Afritex currently exports up to 2000 tonnes of fresh tuna and swordfish per annum to Japan, USA, Europe, New Zealand and Australia and up to 2500 tonnes of frozen product, sold as whole frozen or value-added into retail ready lines. In addition to exporting seafood caught from our own vessels, Afritex has a trading department dealing in global trades, with a team that has extensive experience and that keep their fingers on the pulse of international market trends.

Our seafood is customised to our clients requirements in terms of product specification and packaging.  Specification sheets are compiled for all products and are compliant with international standards.

Afritex has a unique traceability system, which allows seafood to be traced back to origin and includes full traceability in terms of ocean, vessel and date of catch; temperature monitoring; fish species and other relevant information.  The total movement of the seafood from origin to final destination is recorded.  Seafood across the globe can be traced simply by scanning the product barcode tag.

Our Global Mission

Through our management team whom have decades of experience in fishing, operations and marketing, our global mission at Afritex is to foster a culture of teamwork, continuous improvement and fair and ethical business practices. Our vision is to be the premier and first choice supplier of seafood from the Indian Ocean and to strive to maintain the importance of excellent customer service and the highest quality supply of seafood.

The Afritex group have signed an agreement with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), one of the largest NGO sustainability organisations in the world and is a member of their Tuna Roundtable. In collaboration with SFP our group will be developing a Fisheries Improvement Plan which will incorporate all our fishing entities in our continuous strive to reshape the world of sustainability of the oceans. All our Longline operations are Dolphin Safe certified.

Our dedication and passion towards the preservation of the oceans is of utmost importance to us and we practice sustainability in all aspects of our operations. Specific sustainability procedures are carried out on board our vessels, some of which include practising dolphin safe procedures; non-use of shark lines and avoiding shark hot spots; setting gears at night to avoid risk to birds; avoiding interaction with marine mammals by communication between our vessels; reducing soak times and avoiding the catch of species on the endangered list.

Our Management Team

DAVID J. DIAMOND

– Chief Executive Officer

Afritex Group

DAVID DIAMOND has an extensive career in investment banking, private equity and the start up of new businesses. David started his career as a Mergers & Acquisition investment banker at Credit Suisse in New York City. He later was a founder of the Londonbased private equity firm Compass Partners and led several of their investments. In the past ten years David has co-founded several successful ventures including Tuun China, a medical device business headquartered in Shanghai, InteMedica, a nutritional and supplements manufacturer and Sonexus Health, a pharmaceutical commercialization company. David currently serves on several boards across a variety of industries.

MICHAEL H. BANIGAN

Executive Director

Afritex Group

MIKE BANIGAN has a long and distinguished career in creating, developing and growing new businesses. Mike started his career in insurance services eventually becoming President of one of General Electric’s insurance divisions. He then founded the Chronic Disease Fund, the world’s largest patient assistance foundation. Mike has also successfully developed several businesses in the pharmaceutical commercialization field including DiseaseTrak and Sonexus Health. Mike serves on several boards across a variety of industries.

JOEL M. FINEBERG

Executive Director

Afritex Group / Kalipesca / Pescamoz

JOEL M. FINEBERG is one of the most well known attorneys in the United States and a successful real estate developer in California. Joel is also the founder of Class Action Insurance Consultants which provides consulting services for companies seeking to obtain GAAP qualified risk transfer of class action liability and risk. Joel is a graduate of Emory University and received his J.D. from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas. He has over 20 years of active litigation practice in state and federal courts across the country.

GAVIN VAN DER BURGH

– Chief Commercial Officer

Global Fishing

GAVIN VAN DER BURGH currently holds the position of Chief Commercial Officer of the group fishing division and has Executive Directorship of Pescamoz, Kalipesca, Pristine Seafoods, Afritex Mauritius and Afritex Hong Kong. Gavin has extensive experience and knowledge in the seafood industry, which has solidified relationships with leading retail giants in the USA and worldwide. Gavin is a past member of the Global Ocean’s Council and World Economic Forum.

SIMON CUMMINGS – Chief Operating Officer

Afritex Group

SIMON CUMMINGS completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1989, specializing in accounting and auditing. He served articles of clerkship with Deloitte, Namibia. In 1993 Simon joined Oceana Group, a South African listed fishing entity, serving in various MD roles over a 20 year period, with responsibilities for deep-water hake trawling, land-based processing, mid-water horse-mackerel trawling and the Commercial Cold Storage refrigerated warehousing division in Namibia and South Africa. After Oceana, Simon spent 5 years with Cape Gate Group, South Africa’s largest privately owned steel producer, as MD of the wire products manufacturing division.

MARLENE LOMBARD – Group Financial Controller

Afritex Group

MARLENE LOMBARD graduated from RAU University in 1996 with a BCom Economics degree. Marlene joined Ernst & Young in Entrepreneurial services, where she gained valuable experience and soon advanced to management level. Over the years Marlene held several senior financial management positions in various large multinational corporations before moving into a commercial management position in the seafood sector, where she has been exclusively focused for the last 10 years. Marlene has been in the Finance department of Afritex since inception.

FILIPE LOBO – Country Manager

CEO Kalipesca – Mozambique

FILIPE LOBO currently holds the position of CEO of Kalipesca and is the Mozambique Country Manager. His main responsibilities include strategy formulation, ensuring that the strategy determined is implemented within the business, daily management and reporting. Filipe is also assisting in the setup, strategy formulation, procurement and other functions at Afritex Mauritius’ new joint venture Pescamoz LDA – that includes a large fishing operation and production facility based in Beira, Mozambique. Prior to joining Kalipesca LDA, Filipe served as Oceanfresh’s Country manager in Mozambique and handled the daily management tasks of the deep sea fishing operations and local and international export trading.

PANCHO ROSALES – General Manager

Pescamoz – Beira

PANCHO ROSALES  has 30 years extensive experience in the international fishing industry, having managed both facilities and fishing vessels. Pancho began his career in 1985 as Factory Manager for Pesquera in Chile and went on to work for companies such as Exportadora Shayne Group (based in Chile, Uruguay and Namibia), Lalandi Group, Pesca Fresca and Blue Cape Fishing, Pioneer Group and Ematum. He joined the Afritex Group in 2015 and has now assumed the position of Pescamoz General Manager. His extensive operational skills, international marketing understanding and general management have proven to be an asset to the Afritex Group.

MIKE DOUCET – Presiden

Afritex Ventures USA

MIKE DOUCET  oversees Afritex USA, a position which encompasses client liaison and the development of new markets. With over 40 years of extensive seafood industry experience, Mike was instrumental in the development of the Chilean Salmon industry in the US and brought back the New Foundland fresh seafood industry to monumental proportions. A leader and a mentor, Mike specializes in forming strategic alliances and programs that add value to Customer Relationships. In his spare time, Mike travels the world kitesurfing and is a senior level member of National Ski Patrol.

DOROTHY FORLEE – Operations Manager

Afritex – Mauritius

DOROTHY FORLEE completed her BCompt (Bachelor of Accounting Sciences) at Unisa in 2002 and completed accounting and auditing articleship with Bradley and van der Merwe in 2003. She qualified as a Certified Financial Accountant in 2004, whereafter she started her career in the fishing industry. Since joining a hake fishing company in 2005, Dorothy has  gained extensive experience in finance, human resources, distribution, sales and operations – having climbed up to a senior management level. Dorothy joined the Afritex team as Vessel Operations Manager in 2014.

NATASHA FINLAYSON – Group Marketing Manager

AfritexVentures USA

NATASHA FINLAYSON  fills the role of group marketing manager for Afritex. Natasha has a long history with the Afritex Group and has extensive knowledge and experience in marketing, advertising, retail packaging design and global trade shows. Natasha works hand in hand with our global sales team to maintain and grow a solid brand and oversees all sustainability and CSR projects of the company.

WAYNE BURNETT – Group Production Manager

Afritex – Mauritius

WAYNE BURNETT joined the Afritex team in July 2017 as Group Production Manager. His 27 year career span has shown success in the Manufacturing, Production, Logistic and Sales environments with key management responsibilities in QC implementation and accreditations, inventory management, system implementation and Customer SLA service deliverables. Wayne was Operation’s Manager for Compact Disc Technologies, a Division of Times Media for 15 years and became well respected in the industry for Customer Relations and service deliverables. He also had a career as divisional head for Value Logistics where he was responsible for the successful management of their Johannesburg division ensuring clients SLA’s were achieved and renewed.

Corporate & Social Responsibility

Afritex is involved in various corporate responsibility projects, including partnering with various local charitable organisations in each of the regions we are established in, to provide by-catch fish free of charge in order to feed the underprivileged with a food source high in protein and nutritional value.

Social responsibility in terms of treating our employees in a fair and ethical manner is of high priority to our group. The Afritex Group is strongly against under-aged labour and have stringent procedures in place to prevent the accidental employ of any under-aged person, which is a common problem in the world today.

We have established an environment of safety and comfort for our personnel, which in turn cultivates an atmosphere of commitment and dedication, factors which are important for the successful operations of a business.