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Government is flouting its own laws, says fisher leaders

Government is flouting its own laws, says fisher leaders

Fisher leaders have accused the government of flouting the law with its recent fisheries ...
What will be in Small-Scale Fishers’ Basket?

What will be in Small-Scale Fishers’ Basket?

It was envisaged that the implementation of the Small Scale Fisheries policy ...
Langebaan fisher-folk unsure of permits

Langebaan fisher-folk unsure of permits

  Net-fish permit holders in Langebaan have said that they are unsure ...
Fishing allocations will undermine socio-economic rights of small-scale fishers

Fishing allocations will undermine socio-economic rights of small-scale fishers

  The allocation of recent fishing rights are against the letter and ...
Small-Scale Fisheries Policy update

Small-Scale Fisheries Policy update

Small-scale fishing communities feel that they are not being kept informed by ...
Road map towards ending harmful fishing subsidies…

Road map towards ending harmful fishing subsidies…

Countries providing fishing subsidies to their commercial fishing companies could soon be ...

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Vanderkloof Project: Historic moment for traditional fishers

Vanderkloof Project: Historic moment for traditional fishers

Small-Scale Fishers at Vanderkloof Dam in the Northern Cape were in high spirits on Thursday August 18 as they went into the Advisory Group Meeting of the Experimental Fisheries Management Project (EFMP) at the dam, after the Access ID Cards for fishers were officially handed over to the fishers earlier in the day. Michelle Joshua, […]

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Fisherman Clarence Oliphant’s powerful testimony at VDK meeting

Clarence Oliphant, one of the Vanderkloof Dam fishers from Keurtjieskloof, delivered a powerful speech to the Advisory Group meeting on Thursday, August 18, 2016. In it he pleads for those sitting in the meeting, and especially the representatives from the South African Consolidated Recreational Angling Association (SACRAA) and the South African Sport Anglers and Casting […]

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Rights-based approach no solution to food insecurity

The implementation of the Managed Access Programme in the Caribbean country of Belize is said to bring about positive change for Small-Scale Fishers in the most poorest and marginalised fishing communities. But the programme is based on the Rights Based Approach, an approach that is centred around and promotes the use of ‘private property’ as […]

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Conservation of natural resources must uplift indigenous peoples

Opinion Nosipho Singiswa The conservation of natural resources should not discriminate against indigenous resource users. The protection, management and preservation of the natural resource are vital to the natural ecosystem, but should not be implemented in a way that further benefits the rich and further impoverishes the poor. In most cases, you will find that […]

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Taking a look at Kosi Bay

Kosi Bay is a series of four interlinked lakes in the Maputaland area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was Proclaimed as a nature reserve in 1950 and extended in 1984. The four lakes Makhawulani, Mpungwini, KuNhlange and Amanzamnyama consist of inter-connecting channels which drain via a sandy estuary into the Indian Ocean and they provide […]

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Saluting women in fishing communities

By Nosipho Singiswa Women are the corner stone of the society. They are the back bone of a family and the nurturer of relationships. They make food for the stomach, give food for thought and at times if not most, are the breadwinners. The Small-Scale Fisheries Policy makes provision for gender rights and the inclusion […]

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Death of Langebaan ‘voorloper’ George Blaauw

George Blaauw, 53, a committed and loyal member of Coastal Links South Africa (CLSA) in Langebaan bid his final farewell on Sunday August 7, according to Solene Smith, chairperson of the Langebaan CLSA branch. Smith said that Blaauw has been a member of CLSA right from the start and that he was part of the […]

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Hard choices as a result of slow policy implementation

Small-scale fishers have been applying for commercial fishing rights during the current FRAP (Fishing Rights Allocation Process), mainly due to the uncertainty about the implementation of the small-scale fishing policy, and some fishers think it might not be a good thing to do. Salvester Don, Coastal Links South Africa (CLSA) member in Ebenhaeser on the […]

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Minister’s speech more of the same – Hawston fisher leader

Florina Albertyn, Coastal Links South Africa (CLSA) NEC member from Hawston has said that she cannot see anything positive that came out of the meeting that Senzeni Zokwana, the minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries conduct with the community of Hawston at the Thusong Centre on Thursday, July 28. “As far as I can see […]

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Pivotal outcome reached at COFI 2016

Assistance programme adopted to implement global small-scale fishery guidelines A Global Assistance Programme to help with the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (VGSSF), which was heralded as a major step forward for small scale fishers globally, was recently adopted at the 32nd Session […]

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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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