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The Hook: 22 July 2015

The Hook: 22 July 2015

WFFP: Annual Coordinating Committee meeting plans to tackle ocean grabbing Naseegh Jaffer, ...
Young Coastal Links leader passes on

Young Coastal Links leader passes on

The National Deputy Chairperson of Coastal Links South Africa, Samkelisiwe Mchunu, has ...
The Hook: 8 July 2015

The Hook: 8 July 2015

Mara’s fishing helps with her son’s education Mara Bezuidenhoudt’s income from fishing ...
AGM sets tone for empowerment

AGM sets tone for empowerment

The Annual General Meeting of Masifundise and Coastal Links has set the ...
VGGT Declaration: A Plan to Act

VGGT Declaration: A Plan to Act

A Plan to Act! Declaration of the National Workshop on Tenure of ...
The Hook: 10 June 2015

The Hook: 10 June 2015

Workshop expands knowledge of participants on Governance of tenure More than 100 ...

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Research project focuses on Arniston Tenure Rights…

A study (action-research project) to show how Tenure Guidelines can be used to protect the tenure rights of fisher people living within or adjacent Marine Protected Areas in South Africa is under way. Conducted by Masifundise Development Trust (MDT)with the support of the Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), this action-research project, will […]

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Update on SSF Policy Implementation: Regulations on Small-Scale Fishing to be finalised

  ‘Co-operatives should have an element of social responsibility so as to help the small-scale fisheries sector grow and attract those who are under 18 into the sector”. So said a representative of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishers (DAFF) at a small-scale fisher forum held last week in Cape Town. DAFF responded to […]

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India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan: Fisheries Issues

The World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP) is demanding that there be compensation for the families of more than 600 Indian fishermen killed by the Sri Lankan navy since 1984. This was one of the issues that emerged from the WFFP’s meeting in Pondicherry, India last week. The WFFP is also committed to ending ocean […]

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WFFP determined to stop Ocean Grabbing

Naseegh Jaffer, General Secretary of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples talks to The Hook about the WFFP’s meeting that took place last week in Pondicherry, India “We realize that Ocean Grabbing – in the form of privatisation of coastal lands and Marine Protected Areas – is a very serious threat affecting small-scale fishing communities […]

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Access and Policies under the spotlight at fishers forum in India

International small-scale fisheries policies and the struggle by artisanal fishers for access to the ocean are two of several issues that are under the spotlight at an international fisheries forum in India. Fisher community leaders from 30 countries including USA, UK, France, Italy, Canada, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Spain, Kenya, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil […]

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Sand Mining and the ecosystem

Last week, the Hook gave its readers links to stories about the disputes related to sand mining the coastal community of Xolobeni in the Eastern Cape. This week we collected some facts from different sources to show how sand mining damages the environment, including fisheries. For thousands of years, sand and gravel have been used […]

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DAFF clears “confusion” about FRAP 2015/16 consultation meeting

On Wednesday the 8 of July, DAFF sent out communication to members of the small-scale fishing communities in relation to the FRAP 2015/16 publication consultation meeting. In the e-mail Abongile Ngqongwa, Deputy Director of small-scale fishing said: “To all Small-Scale Fishing Communities There appears to be much confusion amongst communities regarding the upcoming schedule of […]

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Government’s puzzling approach to language

By Nosipho Singiswa Each year the government releases policies that will affect the lives of many people in South Africa. These policies are released in English first and foremost never mind the fact that in South Africa we have 11 official languages. English is the most commonly spoken language in official and commercial spaces, but […]

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Connecting Smallholders to Markets

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) High-Level Forum on Connecting Smallholders to Markets that was held in Italy last week, brought together a wide range of concerned stakeholders to discuss issues, challenges and ways to improve the access of smallholders to markets. The event aimed to identify ways in which CFS can contribute to […]

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DAFF opens up public consultations on sector specific allocations

The Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has announced that it is to embark on a consultation process about sector specific fisheries allocations. This relates to Abalone, Hake Inshore Trawl, Horse Mackerel, Kwazulu-Natal Beach Seine, Large Pelagic, Net Fish, Patagonian Toothfish, Seaweed, West Cost Rock Lobster (nearshore) and West Cost Rock Lobster (offshore). “We […]

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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.