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Youth Power at the TCOE media action workshop….

Youth Power at the TCOE media action workshop….

In an attempt to further conscientise the youth about the value of ...
Langebaan fishers optimistic about courtcase

Langebaan fishers optimistic about courtcase

Solene Smith, chairperson of Coastal Links South Africa in Langebaan says that ...
AGM 2016: Small-scale fishers chart the way forward

AGM 2016: Small-scale fishers chart the way forward

80 representatives representing about 50 fishing communities, including inland fisheries, in South ...
Inland fishers join their coastal counterparts at national gathering in Cape Town

Inland fishers join their coastal counterparts at national gathering in Cape Town

Media Release: Inland fishers join their coastal counterparts at national gathering in ...
Africa Day: looking at Africa and Fishing

Africa Day: looking at Africa and Fishing

As Africa celebrates Africa Day, The Hook takes a look at how ...
Coastal links South Africa reject draft regulations on proposed Marine Protected Areas

Coastal links South Africa reject draft regulations on proposed Marine Protected Areas

  Coastal Links South Africa has submitted comments rejecting the proposed draft ...

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Masifundise laying foundation for job creation project

In May 2015, Masifundise Development Trust entered into a partnership with the European Union. The partnership will set out to create 2000 jobs within 20 small-scale fisher communities in South Africa and this was linked to the implementation of the Small-Scale Fisheries Policy (SSFP). “The first year of the project, was challenging because of it […]

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West Coast Rock Lobster could be red listed

The World Wide Fund for Nature Conservation (WWF) intends to place West Coast Rock Lobster (WCRL) on their Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) Red List. We spoke to Jessica Greenstone from WWF to tell us what the listing means. According to Greenstone, the SASSI is a global initiative that links up with other similar […]

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Fishers in Mthwalume stand firm on Amagagasotshintsho decision

Amagagasontshintsho are merely data capturers for the Small-Scale Fisheries Policy in Kwazulu Natal. That was the message relayed to the community of Mthwalume in KwaZulu/Natal by Abongile Gongqwa, of the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), according to Mandla Gqamlana programme manager at Masifundise Development Trust (MDT). Gqamlana recently attended a meeting in Durban […]

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Final chance for Eastern Cape fishers to register

Eastern Cape fishers will have a final opportunity to get registered and verified in the coming week, which will qualify them for small-scale fishing rights. Only fishers who are registered and verified can form part of a community legal entity through which collective rights will be allocated. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced […]

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Langebaan fishers head to court to secure fishing rights

SMALL SCALE fishers from Langebaan are heading to the Cape High Court on Thursday June 9, 2016, to secure the rights to fish in a section of the Lagoon. This matter has been pending since July 2013 when the fishers, represented by the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), first approached the courts for relief. The case […]

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AGM 2016: WWF and the Fishers hold a Frank talk about SASSI

It’s no longer just a wish-Small scale fishers could soon give feedback to the SASSI assessments by the end of 2016.This was discussed at the 2016 Masifundise/Coastal Links AGM held at the Fountains Hotel in Cape Town on Thursday 28 of May. Two representatives from the WWF-SA marine team attended one of the sessions that […]

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Evictions and lack of respect for customary law at the centre of the VGGT workshop…

The right to access land and protect dignity through the use of tenure rights is a pivotal dialogue for those who find themselves facing injustices related to tenure. This is a statement from the 17 community members who attended a Tenure workshop in the Eastern Cape this week. The community members from Pot St Johns, […]

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Verification of fishers to commence in Kwazulu Natal….

After numerous delays, the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries will commence with the verification of fishers in Kwazulu Natal (KZN) from June 6. With the other provinces already verified and others receiving their second round of verification, KZN has been left behind in the verification process, an issue that worried a number of fishers […]

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AGM 2016:  Fishers Chart the way forward!

The Masifundise and Coastal Links Annual General Meeting will be held in Cape Town, on May 27, is to put in place a clear programme to advance the interests of small-scale fishers for 2016 and beyond. The AGM is preceded by a National Level Workshop that places the spotlight on a number of key issues […]

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Smangaliso on Isimangaliso Wetlands Park…

Smangaliso Mageba a small-scale fisher and Coastal Links SA (CLSA) member who lives in the iSimangalsio Wetlands Park MPA, said that as a community, their main gripe is that they have not been consulted regarding the new set of draft regulations, that will expand the system of MPA’s throughout the South African coastline . “This […]

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Media Articles


Masifundise is building an extensive communication platform that includes, print, electronic and social media. With every issue concerning and affecting small scale fisher's, Masifundise endeavours to be heard.


By having regular articles in the press- we aim to bring information and awareness not only to small scale fishers but to the public at large.




These are our articles published in different print media.


Cape Times Article on Small Scale Fishing by CLSA
Son - Article 20 October 2013
Weekend Argus - 09 June 2013
Muslim Views Article - April 2013
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Masifundise can be contacted at infocom@masifundise.org.za or 021 6854549. Speak to Mansoor or Nosipho.
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