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Does your IDP reflect your needs as small-scale fishing communities?

According to Local Government Action’s website the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) is a super plan for an area that gives an overall framework for development. It aims to co-ordinate the work of local and other spheres of government in a coherent plan to improve the quality of life for all the people living in an […]

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A judgement for all fishers! One year after the court ruling, Langebaan fishers demand to be included in the decisions about their livelihoods

On the 31st October 2016, the Western Cape High Court ruled that the restrictive permit conditions that stopped the Langebaan traditional net fishers, including both the commercial and interim relief net fishers, from accessing their traditional fishing grounds in Zone B of the Langebaan Lagoon were irrational and discriminated unfairly against the fishers on the […]

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DAFF publishes the final list of recognized SSF in the Northern Cape, but only 25% of the initial applicants are included

Out of 407 people who applied to be recognised as fishers under the Small-Scale Fisheries Policy (SSFP) in the Northern Cape, only 102 made it onto the final list that was published by DAFF, after almost two years when the registration first started in early 2016. This translates to roughly about 25% of the people […]

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KwaMazambane fishing community calls for their customary rights to be recognized

The fishing community of Mazambane wrote this week to the Minister of the Environment, Minister Molewa and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Acting CEO of Isimangaliso to request that their customary fishing rights be recognised.  At a meeting of 72 fishers, including their Induna and ward councillor, the community took the decision […]

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Coastal Links advocates for government agencies to cooperate in securing sustainable coastal livelihoods in Northern Cape

On Wednesday, 25th of October 2017, fishers from Port Nolloth and Hondeklipbaai met with the MEC for Agriculture Land Reform and Rural Development (NC-DALRRD), Mr Norman Shushu, to discuss a way forward to fix up and transfer boats given to them by the department. The MEC explained that the Province viewed the livelihood needs of […]

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SSF communities in KZN live in fear, anger and uncertainty due to ongoing harassment by conservation authorities and delays in the implementation of the SSF policy.

Fear, anger and uncertainty hang over the small-scale fishing communities living along the northern coastline of KwaZulu Natal. From Sokhulu to Mazambane on the Mozambican border, these communities are unsure how they will feed their families and send their children to school. Despite the fact that at a recent Imbizo held in Sokhulu Minister Zokwana […]

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Coastal Links continues with protest actions, demanding for sustainable and fair rights allocation and SSF policy implementation

On Monday, 16th of October 2017, Coastal Links members and members from the Fisheries Collective, representing the near shore fisheries sector, occupied the hall of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The Fisheries Collective demanded to meet with the DDG Siphokazi Ndudane. This was the second meeting between the DDG and the Collective. The […]

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Ground-breaking report on Inland Fisheries published by WFFP

Until recently, the voices of millions of inland small-scale fishers, the primary users of freshwater resources and inland streams have been unheard. With the efforts of the WFFP working group on Inland Fishing and their first ever report on this neglected topic, time has come for a change. In most countries around the world, almost […]

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Masifundise says goodbye to Sithembiso Gwaza as he moves on

Sithermbiso Gwaza, known by fellow MDT staff and CLSA members as Sthera has left Masifundise. Sthera was Project Co-ordinator and worked at Masifundise for over 12 years, where he started working as an intern in 2005. Since then Sthera became an important member of the Masifundise team and point of reference for CLSA members and […]

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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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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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