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AGM sets tone for empowerment

AGM sets tone for empowerment

The Annual General Meeting of Masifundise and Coastal Links has set the ...
VGGT Declaration: A Plan to Act

VGGT Declaration: A Plan to Act

A Plan to Act! Declaration of the National Workshop on Tenure of ...
The Hook: 10 June 2015

The Hook: 10 June 2015

Workshop expands knowledge of participants on Governance of tenure More than 100 ...
8 June 2015:Media Release: United Nation’s Tenure Guidelines in the spotlight at national workshop in Cape Town.

8 June 2015:Media Release: United Nation’s Tenure Guidelines in the spotlight at national workshop in Cape Town.

70 representatives, including small-scale farmers, small-scale fishers, peasants, farm workers, indigenous peoples ...
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 ...

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Government’s puzzling approach to language

By Nosipho Singiswa Each year the government releases policies that will affect the lives of many people in South Africa. These policies are released in English first and foremost never mind the fact that in South Africa we have 11 official languages in the country. English is the most commonly spoken language in official and […]

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Connecting Smallholders to Markets

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) High-Level Forum on Connecting Smallholders to Markets that was held in Italy last week, brought together a wide range of concerned stakeholders to discuss issues, challenges and ways to improve the access of smallholders to markets. The event aimed to identify ways in which CFS can contribute to […]

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DAFF opens up public consultations on sector specific allocations

The Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has announced that it is to embark on a consultation process about sector specific fisheries allocations. This relates to Abalone, Hake Inshore Trawl, Horse Mackerel, Kwazulu-Natal Beach Seine, Large Pelagic, Net Fish, Patagonian Toothfish, Seaweed, West Cost Rock Lobster (nearshore) and West Cost Rock Lobster (offshore). “We […]

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Access to resources vital for poor communities

“Proper and secure access to land, marine and other natural resources is important for many poor  rural and coastal communities who depend on these resources for their livelihoods”. These were the words of Coastal Links South Africa’s national chairperson Christian Adams, during a recent workshop on Land, Fisheries and Forestry Tenure, held in Cape Town. […]

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Operation job creation

Plan to empower fishers for work opportunities Masifundise and Coastal Links South Africa are embarking on a project that aims to create 2 000 jobs in 20 fishing communities, over the next three years. The project will take place as the long awaited Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF) Policy is implemented along the country’s coastline. The policy makes […]

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Latest Fisher’s Net focuses on the Tenure Guidelines

Tenure Guidelines, laws and policies are the focus of the June Fisher’s Net. The newsletter contains information on aspects of tenure and provides details on the voluntary guidelines. “Secure and Equitable tenure lies at the heart of the human rights of small-scale fishing communities, farmers, peasants, indigenous people and local communities. These people and communities […]

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World Oceans Day

The 8th of June saw many organisations and individuals around the world commenting about world oceans day. World Oceans Day has been unofficially celebrated every 8 June since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008. Since […]

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Workshop expands knowledge of participants on Governance of tenure

More than 100 delegates from the land, fisheries and forestry sectors are attending a Tenure training workshop this week. The workshop hosted by Masifundise with the support of the Food and Agriculture organisation (FAO) of the United Nations aims to increase the use of the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for the governance of tenure of land, […]

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The Hook 3 June 2015

The Hook 3 June 2015

Draft Regulations submitted to the department… Masifundise submitted comments to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, on the Draft Regulation Relating to Small-Scale Fishing. The regulations were gazetted on the 7 of April 2015. The final date for submitting the comments was on the 28 May. Masifundise’s comments were based on the empowerment of […]

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Melkhoutfontein and Vermaaklikheid communities ask to join Coastal Links SA…

Last week Masifundise’s Michelle Joshua and Coastal Links SA members from Arniston met with fishers from Melkhoutfontein and Vermaaklikheid  in Stilbaai, Western Cape. “The visits to Melkhoutfontein and Vermaaklikheid were both very refreshing and enlightening, fishers showed great interest in becoming organized and receiving information relating to the sector” said Michelle. The fishing community in […]

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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.