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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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CL Northern Cape organizes a Provincial Roundtable to discuss the impact of mining on their Human and Tenure rights

Mining along the coast and in the ocean in the Northern Cape are seriously threatening the livelihoods of fishers in the coastal towns of Hondeklip Bay and Port Nolloth, and the fishers, under the leadership of Coastal Links (CLSA), together with Masifundise Development Trust (MDT) are now organising a roundtable discussion with a range of […]

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Dwesa-Cwebe communities still struggle for their tenure rights after more than a year after the EC High Court Ruling

In February 2016, the Eastern Cape High Court rules that the institution of the Dwesa-Cwebe Marine Protected Area does not extinguish the exercise of the customary rights of access of coastal communities to their marine resources. This was the result the appeal of David Gongqose and other 2 fishers from the Hobeni village in Dwesa-Cwebe […]

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Social Movements representing small-scale food producers celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the endorsement of the Tenure Guidelines

This week, social movements and civil society organisations (CSOs) working in the context of food systems celebrated the 5th anniversary of the endorsement of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, commonly referred to as the Tenure Guidelines. The celebrations were carried […]

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The Collective, representing nearshore fishing organizations in the Western and Northern Cape meets with DDG over the WCRL TAC allocation

September has been a stormy and eventful month for the SSF in WC and NC Cape. At the beginning of the month, fishers were told that it is proposed their rock lobster allocations for 2017/2018 will be cut by 59%. This lead to protests by the fishers at the offices of the Department of Agriculture, […]

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Kraal Fishers in VDK work together to get ready for the fishing season

As the weather gets warmer, the fish starts jumping out of the water at the Vanderkloof Dam, at the border between Northern Cape and Free State. This is a sign that fish is moving, and the kraal fishing season is starting. Last week, the kraal fishers from the towns of Luckhoff, Keurtijeskloof and Petrusville met […]

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#Protect our fishers and our livelihoods! #Protect our waters! – Coastal Links Eastern Cape Provincial Meeting visit Port St. John community and plan actions for World Fisheries Day

This was the message from Coastal Links leaders at the Eastern Cape Provincial Executive committee meeting held in Port St John’s 3-5 October 2017.  From village to village the leaders reported their concerns about Operation Phakisa, the ocean economy, mining and the way that Phakisa and the Marine Spatial Planning Bill fails to include them. […]

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Western Cape Provincial Meeting works on a new strategic approach on their livelihood issues and planned picket at DAFF to influence the recommendation for WCRL allocation.

Western Cape Coastal Links leaders from seventeen communities in the Western Cape held an important Provincial meeting in Paternoster and Langebaan from Tuesday 19 to September 21, to discuss issues affecting SSF ‘s, the organisation and specifically its future working relationship with Masifundise Development Trust.  This was important since Masifundise’s role as Secretariat for CLSA […]

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Food Sovereignty as principle in the SSF global struggle: the Nyeleni Newsletter on Oceans and Water and WFFP Food Sovereignty and Agroecology report.

In the past weeks, two publications come out, highlighting the importance of strengthening the connection between Food Sovereignty and the struggle for SSF Human Rights. “Water is an essential element for life and a crucial component of the human environment. It is also an indispensable natural resource needed for the production of our food and […]

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Coastal Links KZN Leaders make their voices heard at DAFF Imbizo in KwaSokhulu, KZN

On the 21st of September, Coastal Links KZN Provincial Executive Committee and a large number ol local members attended DAFF Imbizo in KwaSokhlu, KZN.  The Imbizo, addressed by DAFF Minister Senzeni Zokwana and Deputy DG Siphokazi Ndudane, was strongly impacted by the presence of Coastal Links KZN. Indeed, during the question time, three members of […]

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The cooperatives in Buffelsjagbaai: a best practice on building alternative livelihoods in our coastal communities

While we are approaching the 10 years anniversary for the Equality Court ruling that determined that a policy had to be developed to recognize the human rights of South African small-scale fishing communities, we are still waiting for the SSF policy to be implemented. However, in the past few months it has also become more […]

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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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