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Fishers talk about freedom

Fishers talk about freedom

27 April celebrates the day when the first democratic election was held ...
Call for comments on proposed MPAs

Call for comments on proposed MPAs

Public to comment before 3rd May 2016… On 3rd February the Department ...
Victory for Vanderkloof fishers

Victory for Vanderkloof fishers

Fishers at Vander Kloof Dam in the Northern Cape recently scored a ...

Best practices of CBLE for small-Scale Fishers in South Africa

The video showcases the practices/activities undertaken by the fishing Co-operative of Dooringbay, ...
Working for much-needed jobs in fishing communities

Working for much-needed jobs in fishing communities

EU project linked to SSF policy implementation Masifundise entered into a contract ...
Registration Deadline looms for Expression of Interest forms

Registration Deadline looms for Expression of Interest forms

Tomorrow (Thursday April 7, 2016), is the deadline for small scale fishing ...

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Matter resolved after representations to the relevant authorities

Vanderkloof fishers angry over blocking of access to dam Despite the local fishers at Vander Kloof Dam been given permission at the last Task Team Meeting in March to harvest their fish from the kraals at the dam, by the Ministry of Water and Sanitation (DWS), the local DWS branch at Vander Kloof Dam, continues […]

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Fishers attend safety workshop at Vanderkloof

Vander Kloof fishers are on their way to legality and being recognised as fishers at the Vander Kloof Dam and there is nothing that can hold them back, according to Raphael Benadie, chairperson of Keurkieskloof Vissers Gemeenskap. This comes after the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and Eskom conducted a Safety Protocols Workshop with […]

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Verification of communities moves swiftly…

The Small Scale Fisheries Verification Process came to the Eastern Cape when more than 20 fishing communities were verified recently, as part of the Small-Scale Fisheries Policy implementation process. The first three communities, Mzamba, Orange Groove and Mawotsheni were visited on April 4, by the verification team that was led by the Department of Forestry […]

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Ten years on, it’s back to the Equality Court

Bid to get government to abide by decade old court ruling Masifundise and Coastal Links will be going back to the Equality Court to ensure that the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries sticks to the provisions of a court order that was made many years back. RECENTLY, the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), acting on […]

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Proposed MPAs may restrict small-scale fishing activities and impact cultural and customary rights

Proposed MPAs may restrict small-scale fishing activities and impact cultural and customary rights

By Jackie Sunde The Department of Environment and Operation Phakisa’s proposed new and extended Marine Protected Area (MPA) draft regulations fail to respect the rights of small-scale fishing communities. The Department of Environment (DEA) has called for comments on 22 MPA Draft Regulations in terms of NEMPAA. Why are these draft regulations very important for […]

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No traces of Ezemvelo wanted say KZN fishers

Small-Scale fishers in KwazuluNatal have said they do not want a service provider for the small-scale fisheries policy that is linked to Ezemvelo Wildlife, after Ezemvelo was removed as the service provider by the parliamentary portfolio committee on Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries last year. Lindani Ngubane, Masifundise Development Trust fieldworker in KZN said that the […]

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Cray fish and Paternoster, a battle of the rich and poor…

Illegal catching and selling of cray fish in the quaint village of Paternoster has been on the rise. According to reports hundreds of thousands of crayfish are harvested each year and their tailless bodies dumped at sea. In 2006, the national west coast rock lobster population was estimated at 2.6 percent of its pristine level. […]

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Coastal Links SA spreads its net wide….

COASTAL Links South Africa (CLSA) continues to grow, in both membership and in setting up new branches in most of its provinces, according to Sithembiso Gwaza of Masifundise Development Trust. CLSA are active in all four provinces of South Africa, and within every region of each province. In the Western Cape there are 22 branches […]

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Benefits of mainstreaming Small-Scale fisheries

The mainstreaming of the small-scale fishing sector and the implementation of the new policy can enhance food security and generate increased foreign revenue through exports. So said Craig Smith, Director for Small-Scale Fisheries Management in the Fisheries Management Branch of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). “Co-operatives working closely with government have the […]

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Fishers at Vanderkloof fined for using dam…

The continued harassment of Northern Cape fishers for fishing in a kraal in the Vanderkloof Dam could have consequences for a research project underway. Government has initiative a fishery experimentation project aimed at creating food security for the struggling communities of Phillipstown, Petrusville and Keurkieskloof. During the unfolding process, but separate to the main project, […]

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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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