AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS SUPPORTS THE HISTORIC MILESTONE OF ALLOCATING 15-YEAR FISHING RIGHTS TO SMALL-SCALE FISHERS IN THE WESTERN CAPE
The African National Congress (ANC) welcomes the allocation of 15-year fishing rights to small-scale fishing co-operatives in the Western Cape. This milestone announced by Comrade Barbara Creecy, ANC NEC member deployed as Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, seeks to reverse some of the past injustices by addressing economic development and food security.
This follows extensive collaboration with communities in the development of a sustainable species basket. The commitment from the department to support and mentor co-operatives for the next three years is commendable.
The national government’s initiative to allocate fishing rights in the Western Cape brings transformative and positive effects to marginalized communities, particularly among black and coloured populations.
Not only does this correct historical imbalances by formalizing the participation of small-scale fishing, but also catalyzes economic upliftment. By granting access to resources and markets, the initiative empowers communities to generate income, promote employment, and contribute to overall economic development.
Through emphasis on capacity-building interventions in the form of training workshops and mentorship programs, members of communities will acquire the necessary skills for sustainable fishing practices.
This will not only boost livelihoods but will also establish a foundation for long-term self-sufficiency. The support from various governmental and non-governmental partners further strengthens the initiative’s impact, creating a conducive collaborative environment for community development.
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