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The Hook: 20 May 2015

The Hook: 20 May 2015

The Hook speaks to Solene Smith, chairperson of the Langebaan branch of ...
The Hook 14 May 2015

The Hook 14 May 2015

Fisheries Class Action: One decade later A decade ago, several small-scale fishing ...
The Hook 6 May 2015

The Hook 6 May 2015

Public Participation an imperative in policy development, management and decision-making The hook ...
Vacancies: Fieldworkers, based in the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal.

Vacancies: Fieldworkers, based in the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal.

Fieldworker Masifundise, a non-profit organisation working with small-scale fishers in SA, seeks ...
The Hook: 22 April 2015

The Hook: 22 April 2015

DAFF reports progress on policy implementation The Department of Agriculture Forestry and ...
The Hook: 16 March 2015

The Hook: 16 March 2015

Fishers’ Champion Kenneth Blaauw dies Kenneth Blaauw, a traditional fisher and champion ...

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Masifundise Prepares for Tenure Workshop

70 delegates from civil society organisation in land, forestry and fishers will attend the Tenure Workshop organised by Masifundise. The workshop, which takes place from 8 to 11 June, aims to increase the use of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of land, Fisheries and Forests among civil society and grassroots organisations […]

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UPDATE-Small-Scale Fisheries Policy: Phases of the Roll Out plan

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry gave details of the small-scale fisheries (SSF) policy implementation process. The Hook shares it below. The implementation of the Small-Scale Fisheries Policy commenced with the launch of the Small-Scale Fisheries Forum, the gazetting of the draft Regulations for Public Comment and the call for Expressions of Interest – […]

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A decade since fisheries class action: Interview with Jackie Sunde

  A decade ago, several small-scale fishing communities embarked on collective action that changed the course of fisheries in South Africa. The exclusion of the sector from rights allocations in 2004, led to court and mass action by the fishers, who were led by Masifundise and Coastal Links. The Hook is running a series to […]

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New policy can bring unity to Lamberts Bay fishers

By Tsele Nthane, Serge Raemaekers and Nico Waldeck Lamberts Bay fishers have been small-scale fishers for generations. Their fathers, to whom fishing was also a way of life, taught most of them. Fishing is of such immense cultural importance that it is ingrained in the identity of the Lamberts Bay fishers. They also endure the […]

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Job Creation and Securing Sustainable livelihoods for the Small-Scale Fisher community

The creation of jobs in the small-scale fisheries sector means that fishers and fishing communities need to be part of the entire supply chain of the sector. “Small Scale fisheries may provide substantial job creation and livelihood opportunities if these fishers and communities are involved in and are part of the entire supply chain and […]

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The fisheries policy and Marine Protected Areas

For the past seven weeks, The Hook has been publishing articles focusing on key Small-Scale Fisheries objectives. This week, we will focus on the last objective of the policy. Let us take a look at the policy objective that aims to: Ensure participation of small-scale fishing communities in Planning and implementation of MPAs by the […]

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A decade since fishers’ class action

Solene Smith of Coastal Links recalls A decade ago, several small-scale fishing communities embarked on collective action that changed the course of fisheries in South Africa. The exclusion of the sector from rights allocations in 2004, led to court and mass action by the fishers, who were led by Masifundise and Coastal Links. The case […]

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Vanderkloof fishers get organised

Fishers in several communities around the Vanderkloof Dam in the Northern Cape are getting organised so that they can stake their claim for food security. Members of Masifundise – Michelle Joshua, Nico Waldeck and Mansoor Jaffer – attended a meeting in Petrusville last week where community members indicated their intention to establish a committee that […]

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A victory for Traditional Fishers of Mumbai

By ICSF Samudra Report Traditional fishermen of Mumbai have won a court case against oil, gas and industrial companies. “In its ruling of 27 February 2015, the Tribunal labelled the case a “classic example of civil action brought by traditional fishermen” living in koliwadas (habitats of the Koli fishermen of Maharashtra), who were seeking compensation […]

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Promotion of equity and Preferential Access

The primary objective of the Small Scale Fisheries (SSF) policy is to introduce certain fundamental shifts in Government’s approach to the Small Scale fisheries sector. (Policy for the Small-Scale Fisheries Sector in South Africa, 2012). The hook has been constantly highlighting Key policy objectives as outlined in the Small-Scale Fisheries Policy. This week we take […]

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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.