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Small-scale fishers hope for justice after Parliament protest

Small-scale fishers hope for justice after Parliament protest

FISHERS from the far reaches of the Western Cape and Cape Town ...

WFFP Newsletter – November 2016

On November 21, 2016 the World Forum of Fisher People entered our ...
Press Release: Western Cape fishers plan parliament protest

Press Release: Western Cape fishers plan parliament protest

Small-Scale Fishers demanding justice over fishing rights will gather in Parliament on ...
Western Cape Appeal Due date extended…

Western Cape Appeal Due date extended…

The Appeal due date for Western Cape fishers who want to appeal ...
#WorldFisheriesDay – No to distortion of International Small-Scale Fisheries Guidlines

#WorldFisheriesDay – No to distortion of International Small-Scale Fisheries Guidlines

On November 21, Masifundise Development Trust and Coastal Links South Africa, celebrates ...
Kreef Season announced…

Kreef Season announced…

The West Coast Rock Lobster Season (WCRL) opened on 16 November, the ...

Latest News

Coastal Links fishers scrum down in rugby tourney

  The proud members of the Coastal Links Langebaan Rugby Team that took part in this year’s Fishers’ Tournament in Laaiplek on the West Coast. Norton Dowries, convenor of the Coastal Links Langebaan Team, and vice chairperson of the local Langebaan branch, is proud of the achievement of the local branch to have fielded a […]

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Masifundise says no to violence and abuse towards Women and Children.

16 Day of activism against abuse of women and children began on the 25 of November. The campaign is a World-wide strategy to oppose violence against children and women and it aims to raise awareness of the negative impact of such violence and abuse. As we operate in the fishing sector, we are however aware […]

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WFFP member organisation, the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk holds its first general Assembly      

In order to mark  World Fisheries Day, the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO), member organisation of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples, held its first General Assembly on the 2o of October. The assembly which took place in Barbados was attended by delegates from fisherfolk organisations representing 17 Caribbean countries including observers from the […]

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Kenneth George wants the rights and recognition he deserves

KENNETH George, the fisher, who together with Masifundise, Coastal Links South Africa (CLSA) and other fishers took the government to the Equality Court in 2006 to secure rights for small-scale fishers, SSFP), says that he is disappointed, heart-broken and devastated that his name is not on the list of provisional fishers released by the Department […]

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SASSI keeps the West Coast Rock Lobster red-listed….

SASSI keeps the West Coast Rock Lobster red-listed….

WWF-SASSI has recently updated a draft WWF-SASSI assessment for West Coast Rock Lobster for it to remain red-listed in the WWF-SASSI list and consumer tools. Interested parties were informed to comment on the second and final public comment period for the species.  WWF-SASSI says that although the draft colour remains unchanged from the first public […]

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Victory for Langebaan fishers…

Victory for Langebaan fishers…

A high court judge this week ruled in favour of the small-scale fishers of Langebaan in their long battle for access to Zone B of the lagoon. The Langebaan fishing community lodged their case in the High Court in August 2013, and on June 7 this year, after numerous false starts, their case finally came […]

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Western Cape Fishers up in arms over issues curtailing the Small-Scale Fisheries Policy

Small–scale fishers in the Western Cape are up in arms over many issues affecting the sector in the Western Cape and nationally, especially the recently published provisional list of bona-fide fishers in the Western Cape, released by the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) on the 21 October. Fisher leaders of Coastal Links South […]

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Small-Scale Fisheries Update…

In February 2015 the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) began with the implementation of the Small-Scale Fisheries Policy (SSFP) by launching of the Small-Scale Fisheries Forum, gazetting of the draft Regulations for Public Comment and the call for Expressions of Interest. The implementation of the SSFP was included as a strategic goal for […]

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Community Action planned over fishing rights

Small-scale fishes across the Western Cape Province want to make their voices heard so that the small-scale fisheries policy can be properly implemented. On November 8, there will be community action in Kleinmond, Hout Bay, Paternoster and Lamberts Bay. In Kleinmond all the fishers from the South Coast will protest together, in Hout Bay fishers […]

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Anxiety, disbelief over small-scale registration lists

Many fishers to appeal the outcome Small-scale fishers in the Western Cape are up in arms over the ‘Western Cape Registration and Verification Results’ List of the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), and in many small towns on the West and South Coasts, fishers wanted to take to the streets, but decided that […]

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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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