After seven months of lock down Masifundise is finally able to physically go back to conducting field work in various inland and coastal small-scale fishing communities.

When the lockdown hit South Africa in March, Masifundise was forced to reconfigure its work plan that largely included intensive field work in fishing communities. Our inability to support communities with our presence resulted in new innovative ways of maintaining support and communication. The introduction of level 1 has therefore allowed Masifundise to go back to fishing communities and reaffirm their position and support.

On 22 October Masifundise will begin their roadshow to the rural communities of the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape which will be shortly followed by the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. The Eastern Cape leg of the roadshow will include Michelle Joshua, Project Manager, Boyisile Mafilika Project Officer and Sibongiseni Gwebani, Media and Communication officer.

This roadshow will consist of provincial meetings to reconnect with communities as well as highlight long standing and emerging issues in the small-scale fishing sector.

The roadshow will provide small-scale fishing communities with a COVID-19 care package that will include masks, sanitisers, and the latest edition of FishersNet. This care package is reminder that the Coronavirus still exists and that small-scale fishing communities need to continue observing precautionary safety measures in order to prevent a second wave

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