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The Hook

The Hook

28 January 2015 Welcome to the first edition of The Hook for ...
The Hook – Weekly Information Update

The Hook – Weekly Information Update

The Hook 26 November 2014 Interim Relief Permits – An uphill battle ...
Coastal Links SA IR 9 Memorandum to DAFF

Coastal Links SA IR 9 Memorandum to DAFF

Memorandum on Interim Relief 9 process To:    The Minister of Agriculture, ...
The Hook – Weekly Information Update

The Hook – Weekly Information Update

19 November 2014 CLSA Women say NO to Ocean Grabbing 35 Women ...
The Hook – Weekly Information Update

The Hook – Weekly Information Update

12 November 2014 Call for comments on Dwesa Cwebe MPA Draft Regulations ...

WFFP call for increased support for communities struck by Ebola

World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP) calls for increased support for communities ...

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IDRC research based project

Masifundise is part of the International Development Research Centre’s three year project which will look at how the international tenure guidelines can be used by communities living adjacent and in Marine Protected Areas. Masifundise’s Leila Emdon with Carsten Pederson attended a briefing session, hosted by IDRC in Uganda. The briefing session took place from 12 […]

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Only pain, not relief in Interim Relief

2014 was yet another year filled with suffering and disappointment for many Small-Scale fishers in the Western and Northern Cape. Interim Relief 9 permit brought more difficulties for communities. There was no change in the manner of how the process was handled by DAFF, infact matters got worse proving that it was time that the […]

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Policy must be implemented – immediately!

  We plan to make 2015 the year of small-scale fishers. This is the year when the small-scale fisheries (SSF) policy MUST be implemented. We will not tolerate any further delays. The rotten interim relief system has been in place for nine years. The court had ordered that interim relief should be introduced for two […]

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Comments on Dwesa Cwebe Draft Regulations

New regulations have been drafted related to the management of the Dwesa-Cwebe Marine Protected Area. The regulations were gazetted on 4 November by the Department of Environmental Affairs and those who wished to comment were given 30 days to do so. Masifundise and Coastal Links SA have prepared comments for submission as the regulations impacts […]

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After the big protest: DAFF must implement agreements

Masifundise and Coastal Links leaders are pressing for the implementation of agreements reached with Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) officials during a three hour discussion over Interim Relief matters last week. More than 100 Coastal Links SA members from 15 coastal towns gathered at the DAFF offices in Cape Town on Thursday 27 […]

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2014: a memorable year for small-scale fishers

2014: a memorable year for small-scale fishers Like most years, 2014 had its challenges and opportunities, ebbs and flows, hardships and victories. For Masifundise and Coastal Links South Africa, the year will be remembered as a significant one in our ongoing struggle for fishers’ rights. The amended Marine Living Resources Act was finally adopted by […]

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South Africa Fisherwomen gather in Paternoster

The Masifundise and Coastal Links gender workshop ended on a high note last week. 35 women from the four coastal provinces in South Africa were brought together to discuss Ocean Grabbing. The discussions were centred on taking action against Ocean Grabbing. They also focused on educating and empowering the women. The last day of the […]

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Movement for the Rural Poor

The Trust for Community Outreach and Education will launch a Movement for the rural poor. From the 4 until 9 December small-scale farmers, rural women, farm workers, fishers, forest dwellers, and the landless will meet to launch a movement that will take forward their interests, needs and demands.

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Interim Relief Permits – An Uphill Battle

Persistent flaws in the Interim Relief system are playing havoc with the lives of thousands of people in Small-scale fishing communities across the Western and Northern Cape. The late issuing of permits, the inclusion of non-fishers in beneficiary lists and general mismanagement by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) deprives fishers of sustainable […]

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CLSA Women say NO to Ocean Grabbing

35 Women from the Western, Eastern, Northern Cape and Kwazulu gathered yesterday in Paternoster for the Gender Workshop organised by Masifundise and Coastal Links South Africa. The Gender workshop is a three day event that will take a look at Ocean Grabbing, its effects on the livelihoods of Small-scale fishers and how women play a […]

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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.