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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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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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Does your IDP reflect your needs as small-scale fishing communities?

According to Local Government Action’s website the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) is a super plan for an area that gives an overall framework for development. It aims to co-ordinate the work of local and other spheres of government in a coherent plan to improve the quality of life for all the people living in an […]

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A judgement for all fishers! One year after the court ruling, Langebaan fishers demand to be included in the decisions about their livelihoods

On the 31st October 2016, the Western Cape High Court ruled that the restrictive permit conditions that stopped the Langebaan traditional net fishers, including both the commercial and interim relief net fishers, from accessing their traditional fishing grounds in Zone B of the Langebaan Lagoon were irrational and discriminated unfairly against the fishers on the […]

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DAFF publishes the final list of recognized SSF in the Northern Cape, but only 25% of the initial applicants are included

Out of 407 people who applied to be recognised as fishers under the Small-Scale Fisheries Policy (SSFP) in the Northern Cape, only 102 made it onto the final list that was published by DAFF, after almost two years when the registration first started in early 2016. This translates to roughly about 25% of the people […]

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KwaMazambane fishing community calls for their customary rights to be recognized

The fishing community of Mazambane wrote this week to the Minister of the Environment, Minister Molewa and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Acting CEO of Isimangaliso to request that their customary fishing rights be recognised.  At a meeting of 72 fishers, including their Induna and ward councillor, the community took the decision […]

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Coastal Links advocates for government agencies to cooperate in securing sustainable coastal livelihoods in Northern Cape

On Wednesday, 25th of October 2017, fishers from Port Nolloth and Hondeklipbaai met with the MEC for Agriculture Land Reform and Rural Development (NC-DALRRD), Mr Norman Shushu, to discuss a way forward to fix up and transfer boats given to them by the department. The MEC explained that the Province viewed the livelihood needs of […]

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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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