The fisher folk of the Cape – Is there a future livelihood for them?

Workers On Wednesday 4 October
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207 

Since the advent of democracy in South Africa, ordinary fisher folk have had high expectations from the new government. For several decades under the Apartheid regime, fishing rights and quotas were deliberately skewed to favour major white-owned seafood companies like I & J and Oceana. Today ordinary fisher folk who survive on subsistence fishing are again up in arms about the recent quotas announced by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana.

Many are crying foul and recently took to the streets in Hout Bay, Cape Town, to protest against what they deem to be unfair. In this week’s show we look at this problem of the allocation of fishing quotas and what needs to be done about it.


  • Ikram Halim – Spokesperson, Hout Bay Fishers Community Trust
  • Carmelita Mostert – Chairperson, Saldanha Fishing Community
  • Christian Adams – Secretary, Coastal Links SA – Western Cape

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