Partners & Sponsors

The blue economy for Africa is within reach, thanks to the support of like-minded individuals and organisations.

Primary Sponsor

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The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Norwegian government has committed to taking the lead in driving ocean sustainability, investing billions in the blue economy around the world. Norway has been an invaluable support to SST, enabling us to achieve many of our goals and continue on our mission.




The Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) focuses on the educational, scientific, and technological development of all marine science aspects throughout the Western Indian Ocean region. Its primary goal is the sustainable conservation of marine resources.

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Petco plays a leading role in Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for valuable recyclables like PET plastic in South Africa. It has been a source of both financial and knowledge-based support to SST, especially regarding the packaging value chain and the recycling industry and economy.

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The Abidjan Convention

The Abidjan Convention is an environmental treaty established in 1981 under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), focusing on the protection and sustainable development of the marine and coastal environment in the West African region.

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The Nairobi Convention

The Nairobi Convention is a regional treaty established under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and adopted in 1985 to address the protection, management, and development of the marine and coastal environment in the Western Indian Ocean region.

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Norwegian University of Science and Technology

NTNU is a multidisciplinary university with a robust profile in science and technology. It collaborates with other research institutes, businesses, and industries, focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship. NTNU is intimately involved in SST's microplastic-related pollutants project and is a partner with SST on the South African-Norwegian (SANO) Interns for Sustainability programme.

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Nelson Mandela University

NMU, situated in SST's home city of Gqeberha in Nelson Mandela Bay, was established in 1964 (originally named the University of Port Elizabeth) and was the first dual-medium residential university in South Africa. It is the only higher education institution in the world to bear the name of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and is the most diverse university in South Africa.

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Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies

BCSS is an innovative platform hosting the first permanent Ocean Observatory focused on multi-ecosystem time series research in Africa. We aim to use our strategic location and data to support environmental management at a local level, facilitate regional collaboration, and contribute to international scientific programs.


Corporate sponsors play an integral role in supporting the work that we do. By partnering with SST through sponsoring specific projects, your business can contribute to the sustainable utilisation and conservation of our oceans in the fields of environmental restoration, enterprise development, education and community initiatives.
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We adhere to regulations

SST is a registered international charitable trust (IT 2203/2006), Public Benefit Organisation (PBO No: 930022444), and Not-for-Profit Organisation (NPO No: 078-120-NPO). We operate exclusively for charitable, scientific, educational, socio-economic, and philanthropic purposes and are administered by CA Trust Company.

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We are financially responsible

An external accounting firm assists with financial management, serving as an additional external governance check. We also have robust internal financial management policies and procedures, as well as a budget tracking tool that aligns with the external accountant firm’s reports and processes.

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