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DAFF reports on Small-scale fisheries policy implementation

DAFF reports on Small-scale fisheries policy implementation

There is progress with the implementation of the small-scale fisheries policy, according ...

DAFF drags its heels over South Coast fishing rights

Masifundise and Coastal Links are pressing for a response from the Department ...

The legend of diamonds and the Large Mouth Yellow Fish

By Moegsien Ismail The poverty and hardships of the communities linked to ...
Vacancy: Programme Coordinator to support fisher people’s fight against social and economic injustices.

Vacancy: Programme Coordinator to support fisher people’s fight against social and economic injustices.

Job Advert South Africa: Programme Coordinator to support fisher people’s fight against ...

Media Release: Rights of fishing communities violated

By Rovina Europa (Community elected representative of the Arniston Fishers) And Christian ...
DAFF calls for a meeting on sector split…

DAFF calls for a meeting on sector split…

A number of stakeholders have been invited to attend a meeting that ...

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Vanderkloof Kraal fishers harassed

Vanderkloof fishers have once again been harassed and intimidated by the local Vanderkloof Police officers over the festive season, after the Task Team set up by the Northern Cape Provincial Government to look into food security for the communities, decided that the fishers taking fish out of the fishing kraals, should not be prosecuted by […]

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Convergence brings a new vision

The history of the global convergence is deeply rooted in the fight against land and water grabbing. These issues connect with climate change, where communities must maintain control of their water and land. The convergence was born at the Africa Social Forum in Dakar in October 2014 where large-scale land grabbing and climate change were […]

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Fishers must speak up on draft Coastal Management Programme

SMALL Scale fishers in the Western Cape have until February 15 to make an input into the draft Provincial Coastal Management Programme, before it gets adopted. The Integrated Coastal Management Act (IMCA) makes it incumbent upon local, provincial and national governments to develop their own coastal management plans, with the input from local communities. The […]

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Call for release of Pakistan fisher leader

The World Forum of Fisher People and Masifundise Development Trust have supported the call for the release of Mr Saeed Baloch, general secretary Pakistan Fisherfolk, Karachi, who disappeared after his arrest by Pakistan rangers. Baloch was arrested on the 16 of January. Mr Baloch was “invited” for questioning by the Pakistan Rangers last Saturday afternoon, and […]

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KRAAL FISHERS HARRASSED

VAN der Kloof fishers have once again been harassed and intimidated by the local Van der Kloof Police officers over the festive season, after the Task Team set up by the Northern Cape Provincial Government to look into food security for the communities, decided that the fishers taking fish out of the fishing kraals, should […]

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“If the ocean is well, our lives will be well” Activists make their case at Cop21

  “Blue carbon is Ocean Grabbing in disguise; therefore we need to focus on Systems Change”. This is what small-scale fishers and other organisations fighting for the rights of peasants, fishers and small-scale producers said at COP 21, during the People’s Summit, an event that formed part of the COP 21. The event took place […]

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El Nino threatens fishers’ livelihoods

In late 2015, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN issued an urgent Press Release, warning that more than 6.5million people in Southern Africa face massive food insecurity due to the effects of the El Nino phenomena. According to FAO, this will mainly affect marginalised communities in rural areas and some in urban […]

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KZN Imbizo listens to plight of fishing communities

  More than 2000 Fisheries stakeholders attended the Fisheries Imbizo, held in Richards Bay, KZN in December 2015. The Imbizo was hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries DAFF) together with the KZN Office of the Premier. “The main purpose of the Imbizo was to address challenges faced by Fisherfolk in the Fishing […]

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Final edition of The Hook for 2015

We present the last edition of The Hook for 2015 as the momentous year rapidly draws to a close. The Hook is the weekly electronic newsletter of Masifundise Development Trust and Coastal Links South Africa that keeps readers up to date on developments in the small-scale fisheries sector. The Hook has a growing readership locally […]

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FishersNet on its way to communities around the country

Masifundise and Coastal Links South Africa’s newsletter, Fishers Net, has been printed and is on its way to more than 90 fishing communities around the country. FishersNet is scheduled to appear four times and year and is published in English, Zulu, Afrikaans and Xhosa. The November/December edition focuses on the implementation process of the Small-scale […]

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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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