Opinion by Gary Simpson When one big fishing company employing at best 250 workers in the West Coast Rock Lobster Sector is recipient of 238 ton of WCRL and 2 200 Small Scale WCRL fishers, collectively, are recipients of only 235 ton its clear that a radically inequitable balance in the allocation and distribution of […]
CO-OPERATIVES set up previously to access fishing rights will have to set up new cooperatives according to the Small-Scale Fisheries policy guidelines. According to Hahn Goliath fieldworker for Masifundise, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), have indicated that all co-operatives that wish to access rights under Small-Scale Fisheries Policy (SFFP), must start new […]
A group of fisher women from the Lamberts Bay community on the West Coast set up a company many years ago and got fishing rights. About four years ago they sold their permit, on advice. A judge later cancelled the agreement of sale. Now the respondents have applied for leave to appeal. Masifundise is deeply […]
By Nosipho Singiswa Small-Scale Fishing communities should develop their own seafood products for the economic and social advancement of the community. As the implementation of the Small-Scale Fisheries Policy (SSFP) is movingly slowly, small-scale fisher (SSF) communities have to think about activities that need to be undertaken under the policy. The forming of legal entities […]
The Interim relief (IR) Package for small-scale fishers that was meant to be a temporary solution for two years is now in its tenth year. When Masifundise and Coastal links South Africa won the equality court case in 2005 that would set a path for the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries to develop a […]
The government’s statement that some of our fish stocks are about to collapse, is based on an economic agenda, instead of scientific data. This is the view of Christian Adams, national chairperson of Coastal Links South Africa (CLSA), reacting to a report tabled in parliament on August 4, by the acting deputy director general (DDG) […]
A way to better understand the community’s tenure arrangements was discussed at a workshop held in Arniston last Saturday. About 25 community members encompassing fishers, women and youth attended. They discussed how their access to natural resources is currently affected by an adjacent MPA and a company testing military weapons in their area of fishing. […]
Small-scale fishers from Petrusville in the Northern Cape claim that an entrance fee to sections of the Vanderkloof Dam restricts their access and potential to earn a living. “We attended a meeting were fishers and anglers who currently use the Vanderkloof Dam were told that entrance to the Dam will now cost R30,” commented Quinton […]
“Samke was a humble person and worked well with people, she was a good listener, it is sad that she passed away and I am yet to accept it. We will miss her dearly,”” is how Thozi Mthiyane, a Coastal Links SA (CLSA) member in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) remembers Samkelisiwe Mchunu, national deputy chairperson of […]
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 […]
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 email@example.com or 021 6854549. Speak to Mansoor or Nosipho.