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...

“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...

Masifundise launches inland fisheries report and documentary highlighting women struggles

On 25 October Masifundise virtually premiered their second inland fisheries report and documentary. The report and video explored the challenges that women in small-scale inland fishing communities face as a result of the lack of recognition for their livelihood...

Luckhoff kraal fishers strive for better livelihoods

On 4th October, Masifundise and the Luckhoff kraal fishers, joined a roundtable discussion with the Free State’s Letsemeng Municipality. This roundtable allowed the inland kraal fishers to engage local municipality on how they can contribute to the local economy and...

Local fishers raise concerns with municipality about fishing in Jozini

On 26 September, Masifundise hosted a roundtable discussion at the Local Municipal Council Chambers in Jozini to discuss small-scale fishing at the Jozini dam. The meeting gave inland small-scale fishers an opportunity to address their challenges around access to...

Inland fishing communities’ workshop to become organised

Earlier in September, Masifundise held empowerment workshops in the inland fishing communities of Venterstad and Luckhoff. The workshops focused on community organising and understanding the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) process. These workshops were requested by...