MEDIA STATEMENT: Shooting at Dwesa-Cwebe Nature Reserve threatens the safety and right to food of small-scale fishers

To: All media Date: 16 January 2023 Subject: Shooting at Dwesa-Cwebe Nature Reserve threatens the safety and right to food of small-scale fishers On 11 December 2022, Dwesa-Cwebe Nature Reserve rangers opened fire on 3 fishers from the village of Mpume who were...

Norvalspont Fishers Fined for Feeding Themselves

On 16 November 2022, three inland small-scale fishers from Norvalspont were charged with “unlawfully entering or remaining in a special nature reserve or world heritage site” in the Eastern Cape, while fishing to put food on the table. They were each fined R1000, to...

World Fisheries Day brings together small-scale fishers worldwide

Every year, World Fisheries Day is celebrated on 21st November around the globe. On this day, small-scale fishers celebrate their livelihoods and culture and express solidarity with their struggle for human rights. This year has also been declared the UN International...

“If you are hungry, you cannot wait another day”

The Inland Fisheries team from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has confirmed that it is currently developing a policy implementation plan that will be finalised in March 2023. This comes after the National Freshwater (inland) Wild...

Minister Creecy engages with SSF communities at National Strategic Forum

On 2 November Minister Barbara Creecy and the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE) engaged with coastal and inland small-scale fishing communities from the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal at Masifundise’s annual National...

Coastal Links commits to fighting gender struggles

On 1 November Masifundise hosted a Women’s Assembly at our National Strategic Forum. This assembly was intended to give women a platform to discuss the challenges of women participating in small-scale fishing and broader social issues facing fishing communities. Women...