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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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Opinion: Snail Pace of Policy Implementation

By Nosipho Singiswa Is there a political will to drive the success of the Small-Scale Fisheries Policy? The implementation of the policy process is “snailing”. One would even faint if it appeared in the State of the Nation (SONA) address. 10 years overdue and numerous postponements later, the Policy seems to be a heavy task […]

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Fishers to share expertise during exchange programme

Coastal Links (CLSA) members from the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape will come together from Thursday February 11 to Friday, February 12 to exchange ideas and good practices around co-operatives, according to Michelle Joshua, Masifundise Fieldworker. “Seven CLSA members from the Eastern Cape will travel to Buffelsjagsbaai, where they will discuss with three CLSA […]

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FRAP process will impact small-scale fishers

On 11 February 2015, the Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana, extended the fishing rights that expired or were due to expire in 2015 until the 29 February 2016 for all commercial right holders. The extension was granted to allow the department to fully prepare for the FRAP 2015/16. “The extension […]

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Fisher delegates speak their minds at National Level workshop

The European Union (EU), Re-IncorpFish and Masifundise are jointly hosting a workshop with members of Coastal Links SA (CLSA) from all four coastal provinces to review how the policy implementation process around the small-scale fishing is getting along. The workshop is from Tuesday February 9 – Thursday February 11, at Shalimar Gardens Hotel and Conference […]

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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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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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