Mpume small-scale fishers still await justice over a year after shooting incident

Small-scale fishers from the Dwesa-Cwebe communities in the Eastern Cape have faced ongoing violations to their right to conduct livelihood activities. Thobile Mpunzi, together with Mandilakhe Ndabeni and Vuyisani Ndlumdini are local fishers from Mpume village who...

International report on fisheries and right to food presented at UN Human Rights Council

Earlier this month the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Michael Fakhri, released his latest report titled, Fisheries and the right to food in the context of climate change and will present it at the 55th  Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) at...

KZN small-scale fishers concerned about being left out of Estuary Management Plan

On the 13 and 14 June 2023, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park held its quarterly meeting with small-scale fishers from the surrounding areas in St Lucia, Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN). During the meeting, small-scale fishers from Coastal links KZN took the opportunity to raise...

Local engagement in Eastern Cape leaves small-scale fishers’ concerns unanswered

On 29 May 2023, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment (DFFE) organised a meeting in the Eastern Cape to address issues of harassment and criminalization in fishing communities, with a focus on the shooting incident in Mpume in December 2022....

National small-scale fishers meeting determines the way forward

The Norton Dowries National Strategic Forum, formerly known as the National Strategic Forum (NSF), took place in Riebeek-Kasteel, Western Cape from 15-18 May 2023. This annual event brought together representatives from small-scale fisher (SSF) communities across...
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