Latest News

The Hook: 16 March 2015

The Hook: 16 March 2015

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

Fishers’ Champion Kenneth Blaauw laid to rest

The traditional fisher and champion of rights for small-scale fishers died on ...
The Hook: 8 April 2015

The Hook: 8 April 2015

The Hook regularly focuses on aspects of the Small-scale Fisheries (SSF) Policy. ...
The Hook 26 March 2015

The Hook 26 March 2015

Key Small-Scale Fisheries Policy Objective: Human Rights Principles The Small-Scale Fisheries policy ...
The Hook: 18 March 2015

The Hook: 18 March 2015

Time for fishers to taste freedom “Twenty one years after the advent ...
The Hook 11 March 2015

The Hook 11 March 2015

11 March 2015 Thirty days to comment on fisheries regulations The Draft ...

Latest News

Masifundise attends Parliamentary Portfolio Committee meeting

Masifundise Development Trust, together with labour movements, black Small to Medium Micro Enterprises (SMME), Agri SA and DAFF attended the 3rd annual Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (AFF) Portfolio Committee meeting. The meeting, held at Strand, Cape Town was for stakeholders playing a development role in AFF to inform the committee about what activities the portfolio […]

Continue Reading

Policy Objectives: To recognise that the social, cultural, economic and ecological parts of small-scale fisheries are linked

The Hook continues the series on sections of the Small-scale fisheries (SSF) policy. This week we look at importance of linking the important aspects of Small-Scale fisheries The small-scale fisheries (SSF) industry, like any other industry does not operate in a silo. The industry and people termed as small-scale fishers have their own unique social, […]

Continue Reading

DAFF reports progress on policy implementation

The Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) have reported that they are making progress with the Small-Scale Fisheries implementation process. According to the www.nda.agric.za, DAFF conducted road shows in four coastal provinces from 16 to 23 March 2015 to explain the draft regulations to stakeholders and to receive input from them. Masifundise’s Eastern Cape […]

Continue Reading

The “voorskot” impoverishing small-scale fishers

For many years small scale fishers have been disadvantaged by the pricing system in the fisheries sector because they have no bargaining power in the market to influence it and are therefore forced to be “price takers” for their hard earned fish harvest. Adding insult to injury has been the policy uncertainty and the slow […]

Continue Reading

SSF Policy on sustaining our marine resources

The Hook continues the series on sections of the Small-scale fisheries (SSF) policy. This week we look at biodiversity and the sustainable use and management of marine resources and ecosystems. The utilisation of marine resources has a huge impact on the ocean environment. With widespread development of fisheries, it has become the major ecological impact. […]

Continue Reading

The huge costs of poaching and overfishing

“South Africa is losing billions of rands to illegal fishing, taking the highest place on the list is the poaching of abalone and lobster taking out R4 billion out of the country” writes Trust Matsilele of CBN Africa. Statistics show that abalone and lobster are the most species falling victim to illegal and over fishing […]

Continue Reading

Small-Scale Fishing regulations discussed at NEDLAC

The National Economic and Development Council (NEDLAC) convened a meeting on Small-Scale Fishing (SSF) Regulations last week Monday, 30 March. “We called the meeting to allow those who were part of formulating the Small-Scale Fishing Policy to raise their concerns regarding the regulations on Small-Scale Fishing” said Faried Adams, government representative at NEDLAC. Read more: […]

Continue Reading

Key Policy Objective: To recognise an approach that contributes to food security, local socio-economic development and poverty alleviation.

The Hook regularly focuses on aspects of the Small-scale Fisheries (SSF) Policy. This week we look at the section on food security, poverty alleviation and local economic development. The small-scale fisheries sector is slowly gaining momentum within the South African Fishing Industry. The small-scale fishing policy is being implemented and the roll out will take […]

Continue Reading

Small-scale fishers support Vanderkloof Dam Fishery project

Northern Cape small-scale fishers have come out in strong support of the Vanderkloof Dam Experimental Fishery project that is exploring the potential that fishing has for food security. Raphael Benadie, a community leader that liases with fishers from Vanderkloof, Petrusville and Luckhoff told The Hook that fishing for food and income brings great relief to […]

Continue Reading

Masifundise visits Vanderkloof Dam outside Orania

Masifundise took its first small steps into the world of fresh water fisheries when a two Masifundise staff embarked on a visit Vanderkloof Dam outside Orania this week. Field worker Michelle Joshua and communication consultant Mansoor Jaffer met with a range of stakeholders discussing a government proposal that explores the potential of fishing in the […]

Continue Reading

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
Vissers sien eindelik lig


Masifundise can be contacted at infocom@masifundise.org.za or 021 6854549. Speak to Mansoor or Nosipho.