Social challenges amidst the beauty Arniston is a small seaside settlement in the Overberg region on the Cape South coast, close to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa. Previously it was known as Waenhuiskrans, an Afrikaans name meaning literally “Wagon house cliff”, after a local sea cave large enough to accommodate a wagon and […]
THE seven villages of Cwebe, Hobeni, Mendwane, Qatywa, Ngoma, Ntubeni and Mpume surrounding the Dwesa-Cwebe Nature Reserve on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape, are now just plain fed up with the government for continually postponing their court case in which they are attempting to have their right to a decent livelihood restored. The […]
FISHERS from Kwazulu Natal fear that the implementation of the Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF) Policy will be delayed, because the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has yet to appoint a service provider. Lindani Ngubane, Masifundise Fieldworker in Kwazulu Natal says that this came about because the DAFF decided to make Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife the […]
A lifetime of fishing NTSINDISO Nongcavu, the Eastern Cape provincial chairperson of Coastal Links South Africa, started fishing at the age of eight, accompanying his father and helping to sell their catch afterwards. Ntsindiso hails from Sicembeni, a small community in Port St Johns in the northern part of the Eastern Cape. Here he started […]
Florina Albertyn is a community activist who cares deeply about the well-being of her community. As the chairperson of Coastal Links SA in Hawston and Western Cape Provincial Secretary, she believes that it is important to work for the rights of the fishing community and also to address other issues that seem to be destroying […]
Fishers and community members from Dwesa-Cwebe on the Transkei coast plan to hold a meeting on 1 October to discuss access to fishing rights. The community of Hobeni have sent a memorandum to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and Department of Environmental Affairs in August, demanding the community be allowed access to […]
Policy work and the question of translating local knowledge and science into efficient governance of natural resources are the key issues under discussion at this year’s partner meeting of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) held in Kalk Bay, Cape Town. In the invite sent to attendees, the SSNC said it wanted to continue […]
Study being undertaken in Kleinmond District Research into the economic value of small-scale fishing in the Kleinmond District has revealed that fishers, particularly those with Interim Relief, generate only a meagre income each month. However, the fishers had few other options to secure sustainable livelihoods, so fishing becomes an essential means of survival. The research […]
The SSFP requires a small-scale fishing community to register a community based legal entity. The legal entity that a community will have to register is a co-operative as identified by the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries. Masifundise recognises the fact that co-operatives might not be a viable option for all communities, yet we also […]
“DAFF is deaf to the cries, voices and concerns of small-scale fishers in South Africa,” that is the view of Norton Dowries, Western Cape Chairperson of Coastal Links South Africa, at the backdrop to their Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) Meeting taking place in Sea Point, Cape Town. Dowries was speaking to “The Hook”, explaining some […]
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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