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Masifundise Knowledge: Mi’kmaq fighting colonial powers

Masifundise Knowledge: Mi’kmaq fighting colonial powers

Canada Mi’kmaq fighting colonial powers Conflicts over fish and other resources between ...
Media Release: World Food Day

Media Release: World Food Day

Media Release: World Food Day highlights the role of small-scale sectors in ...
The Hook: Masifundise Weekly Information Update

The Hook: Masifundise Weekly Information Update

15 October 2014 World Food Day The 16 of October of every ...
Masifundise Knowledge: Jamaica

Masifundise Knowledge: Jamaica

Jamaica Hurricanes, pollution dent fishing industry Jamaica’s fishing and small-scale fishing industry ...
The Hook – Masifundise Weekly Update

The Hook – Masifundise Weekly Update

8 October 2014 Fishing Co-operatives – What is to be done? Fisher ...
Masifundise Knowledge: Thailand – Fishers see fish stocks decline

Masifundise Knowledge: Thailand – Fishers see fish stocks decline

Thailand Fishers see fish stocks decline Thailand is the world’s third-largest exporter ...

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Landmark MPA case in the Eastern Cape

Landmark MPA case in Eastern Cape A landmark case that could influence the zoning and management of Marine Protected Areas in the country is scheduled for 28 November in the Mthatha High Court. The Legal Resources Centre, representing small-scale fishers in the Dwesa and Cwebe areas in the Eastern Cape, will ask the Fisheries Minister […]

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1 in 4 Campaign – 13 Million South Africans suffer hunger daily

1 in 4 Campaign – 13 million South Africans suffer hunger daily Close to 200 farmworkers, fisher representatives and activists participated in a rally and march this past weekend, to highlight the scandals of poverty and hunger. The rally heard that 13 million South Africans, 1 in 4 people, suffered daily hunger in a country […]

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Rumours around Crayfish allocation

Rumours around Crayfish allocations There has been a rumour going around that the total allowable catch for crayfish for the upcoming season will go up from 2 167.06 tons to 5000 tons.  This is not the case. In fact, the Total Allowable Catch for crayfish for the next season has not yet been set and […]

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Fishing Cooperative – What is to be done?

Fishing Co-operatives – What is to be done? Fisher communities that set up fishing co-operatives outside of the Small-scale fisheries policy, will not quality for small-scale fishing rights, Masifundise has said. Masifundise’s Mandla Gqamlana explained that communities are free to set up any type of co-operatives but when it came to fisheries co-operatives, only one […]

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Small- Scale Fisheries Policy

Small- Scale Fisheries Policy

This policy aims to provide redress and recognition to the rights of Small Scale fisher communities in South Africa previously marginalised and discriminated against in terms of racially exclusionary laws and policies, individualised permit-based systems of resource allocation and insensitive impositions of conservation-driven regulation. In line with the broader agenda of the transformation of the […]

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The Hook – Masifundise Weekly Information Update

The Hook – Masifundise Weekly Information Update

The Hook 1 October2013 The Hook is back after an absence of four weeks. During that time our communication team worked with others to prepare and wrap up the hugely successful General Assembly of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples, which took place in Cape Town during the first week of September. The Hook will […]

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Women of the Coast workshop planned

Women of the Coast workshop planned Two fishing communities (Mamre and Buffeljagsbaai) are planning the Women of the Coast Spring Workshop for later this month. Scheduled for 18 October, the workshop will look at skills development and cultural exchange. The workshop is there for women from different fishing communities to network, share knowledge, inspiration and […]

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WFFP 6th General Assembly a huge success

WFFP 6th General Assembly a huge success The 6th General Assembly of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP), held in Cape Town, adopted important resolutions related to “Ocean Grabbing” and the International Guidelines on Small-scale fisheries. The Assembly was held in Cape Town during the first week of September and attended by 150 delegates […]

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The Ocean Grabbing Report

The Ocean Grabbing Report

The Global Ocean Grab Published: By TNI Agrarian Justice Programme, Masifundise and Afrika Kontakt. September 2014. The term ‘ocean grabbing’ aims to cast new light on important processes that are negatively affecting the people and communities whose way of life and cultural identity depend on their involvement in small-scale fishing and closely related activities. Small-scale fishers […]

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Gearing up for the WFFP General Assembly

Fishers and fisher representatives from around the world are gearing up for the 6th General Assembly of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples that is taking place in South Africa from 1 to 5 September. In Cape Town, teams of people are hard at work to ensure the success of the event. More than 100 […]

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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.