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Seals wait for fishers to catch then take their cut…

Fishers in Langebaan are starting to feel like they are employed by ...
Human Rights Day, let the children know Dwesa Cwebe…

Human Rights Day, let the children know Dwesa Cwebe…

“Let the children learn”, is what Christina Kopano, a CLSA leader from ...
World Women’s Day, we await Chandrika Sharma.

World Women’s Day, we await Chandrika Sharma.

Today, the world celebrates International Women’s Day to honour women and the ...
Fishers exchange visit focuses on cooperatives…

Fishers exchange visit focuses on cooperatives…

The positive impact of fishing co-operatives to the livelihoods of fishers in ...
Small-Scale Fisheries sector neglected…

Small-Scale Fisheries sector neglected…

Masifundise is seriously concerned about the state of the Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF) ...
Unwavering commitment by fishers, permits expected…

Unwavering commitment by fishers, permits expected…

The Fishers of Vanderkloof, in the Northern Cape have shown an unwavering ...

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Call for Proposals: The Final Evaluation of the EU Action: Job creation and sustainable livelihoods through implementation of the Small-scale Fishery Policy

INTRODUCTION Masifundise, a civil society organization with a 17-year track record in working with small-scale fishing communities across South Africa, seeks to appoint a consultant/consultancy team to conduct a Final Evaluation of the overall outputs, results, impact, management and, lessons derived from the overall implementation of a three-year project, funded by the European Union (the […]

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Countdown to the General Meeting of the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty: 2 weeks to go!

On the 12 of March 2018, the General Meeting of the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) will start in Cape Town.  The IPC Sovereignty is an autonomous and self-organised global platform of small-scale food producers and rural workers organizations and grass root/community based social movements to advance the Food Sovereignty agenda at the […]

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Coastal mining threats small-scale fishers’ livelihoods along the Northern Cape Coastline

Recently, the South African government has been actively rolling out its Small-scale Fishing Policy across four coastal provinces – the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and the Northern Cape, But, for small-scale fishers to benefit from livelihood opportunities offered by policy means more than having a verified legal right to fish. It means that […]

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“Please tell us what ‘co-operative’ means to you, DAFF?” Ask the KwaZulu Natal Coastal Links leaders and fishing communities at the KZN Coastal Links Provincial Workshop

Coastal Links KZN leaders and fishers are in shock. They have realised that DAFF’s understanding of the words ‘co-operative’, ‘co-management’ and ‘human rights’ is not the same as theirs. Fishing communities in this province have been waiting for the implementation of the Policy for Small-scale Fisheries since 2012.  They have no interim relief measure and […]

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Co-management Guide for Small-scale Fishers in South Africa

Co-management is central to South Africa’s SSF Policy, which was the result of years of struggle, advocacy and engagement with government by small-scale fishers. The task now is to support a kind of co-management that reflects the values and principles of South African SSF movement. This is the task set for the Co-Management Guide for […]

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Change and Continuity: Masifundise reflects on the past year and plans for the future.

Transition – moving from the known to the unknown – is never easy but, necessary if an organization wants to position itself to respond to emerging social, economic, political, environmental, and institutional challenges. And, if 23 years of democratic transition in South Africa has taught us anything, it is that change is not only about […]

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PROTECTING OUR OCEANS FOR FOOD SOVEREIGNTY! Small-scale fishers from Western Cape celebrate World Fisheries Day and their Livelihoods organizing Food and Craft Market in Paternoster

The 10th Anniversary of the Equality Court Order that forced the then Minister of Fisheries, Marthinus Van Schalkwyk to amend the Marine Living Resources Act (MLRA) so that thousands of Small- Scale Fishers (SSF) along the South African coastline could be recognised, and their traditional way of life respected. The Court also instructed the Minister […]

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KZN Fishers hold two-day talks with Government

On the 15th November 2017, ahead of World Fisheries Day on the 21 November, Coastal Links and Masifundise Development Trust hosted a Roundtable at La Mercy Beach Hotel, Durban.  Entitled Operation Phakisa, the Ocean Economy, Marine Spatial Planning and coastal communities’ livelihoods in Kwa Zulu Natal, this Roundtable aimed to facilitate dialogue amongst key local, […]

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EASTERN CAPE FISHERS WANT ANSWERS! Small-scale fishers in the Eastern Cape voice their concerns about the future of ocean economy in South Africa on World Fisheries Day

Coastal Links Eastern Cape small-scale fishers and their community members used World Fishers Day to highlight their plight in the province and voice their concerns over the extractive emphasis in Operation Phakisa, which is squeezing them further and further out of the ocean and coastal space.  More than 100 people, 66 of them small-scale fishers […]

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“We are the oceans, we are the waters, we are the people!”- 7th General Assembly of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples asserts small-scale fishers human rights and food sovereignty

From the 15th to the 21st of November 2017, members of the World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP), allies from social movements and support organisations gathered in Delhi for the WFFP 7th General Assembly. WFFP was founded in Delhi on the 21st November 1997, thus the time and location of the General Assembly carried have […]

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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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