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The DFFE announces final list of declared small-scale fishers in the Western Cape Province

16 March 2023


The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has announced the final list of declared small-scale fishers in the Western Cape.

The list was compiled in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act’s regulations related to small-scale fishing in South Africa, and followed the Western Cape High Court judgment in favour of the department and the minister that set aside the initial process of declaring small-scale fishers in the province. The initial process had happened in 2016.

The minister had approached the high court for a review of the process after an audit of the previous process about which there had been numerous complaints. The setting aside of the initial process meant that the department was required to re-run the process in a fair and transparent manner by addressing the challenges that had arisen.

The new process of identifying and declaring small-scale fishers in the Western Cape followed a more a detailed and refined process. Some of the measure that were put in place included consultation with community-based organisations and community mobilisation; simplifying and translating verification forms and guiding documents and visiting the qualifying communities to distribute and explain verification forms in local languages. It also includes providing communities more than two months to complete their verification forms with the assistance of the department and community-based organisations and the establishment of a verification forms assessment protocol and consistency.

Out of over 4 000 verification forms that were submitted, over 84% of applicants have been declared successful and are thus recognised as small-scale fishers in line with the Marine Living Resources Act.

This is a significant improvement from the previous process wherein a mere 31% had been successful and declared small-scale fishers. More than 30% of successful and declared small-scale fishers are woman, while 68% of the fishers are coloured, 25% are black fishers and three percent are white.

The improved success rate is the results of the new approach and general improved transparency in the process which not only saw improved collaboration with communities, but also the provision of clear messages to fisher communities.

The new process and its outcomes have been widely welcomed by fishing communities. The results have further been backed up by an independent observer report on the level of fairness and transparency of the process.

Fishers whose application have been unsuccessful are able to appeal the decisions. The department is currently distributing record of decision letters which outline the reasons why each person was unsuccessful. In addition, the department is providing all the relevant appeal forms and templates for appeals.

The department is in the process of assisting all the declared small-scale fishing communities with declared small-scale fishers to register co-operatives that will be eligible to be allocated 15-year fishing rights before October 2023.

General published reasons (GPR) on the process, a list of successful and declared small-scale fishers and the independet report can be located here »


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B Area 2 CBD Eyethu Community Hall Eyethu Community Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.47 mb]
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D Area 4 CBD Melkbos Country Club Melkbos Country Club Download doc. 4.51 mb]
E Area 5 WC Saxon Sea Civic Saxon Sea Primary School Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.66 mb]
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I Area 9 WC Darling Community hall Darling Community hall Download doc. [PDF - 5.22 mb]
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K Area 11 SC Moffat Community Hall Hermanus Multi Purpose Centre Download doc. [PDF - 4.2 mb]
L Area 12 CBD Westridge church hall Church of Nazeren Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.82 mb]
M Area 13 CBD Retreat Hall Sharon Assembly Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.66 mb]
N Area 14 CBD Harmony Hall Harmony Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.11 mb]
O Area 15 CBD Methodist Church - Vrygrond
Green Church
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P Area 16 CBD Hangberg Multipurpose Centre Hangberg Multipurpose Centre Download doc. [PDF - 5.17 mb]
Q Area 17 SC Hawston Thusong Centre Hawston Thusong Centre Download doc. [PDF - 4.46 mb]
R Area 18 WC Yzerfontein Community Hall Yzerfontein Community Hall Download doc. PDF - 4.75 mb]
S Area 19 CBD Imizamo Yethu - Iziko Lobomi Iziko Lobomi Download doc. [PDF - 4.89 mb]
T Area 20 CBD Kalk Bay - Holy Trinity Church Kalk Bay - Holy Trinity Church Download doc. [PDF - 4.75 mb]
U Area 21 CBD Ocean View - Multipurpose
Ocean View - Multipurpose
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V Area 22 CBD Redhill Library Redhill Library Download doc. [PDF - 4.68 mb]
W Area 23 SC Blompark VGK/ URC Hall Blompark VGK/ URC Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.22 mb]
X Area 24 CBD Macassar Hall Macassar Old Civic Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.97 mb]
Y Area 25 CBD Sir Lowry's Pass Library Sir Lowry's Pass Library Download doc. [PDF - 4.82 mb]
AB Area 28 SC Proteadorp Community Hall Proteadorp Community Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.15 mb]
AC Area 29 SC Stanford Community Hall Kiewiet Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.17 mb] 
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AE Area 31 WC Laingville - Sports Club house Laingville Sports Club house Download doc. [PDF 4.72 mb]
AF Area 32 SC Struisbaai Community Hall/
Struisbaai Library
Struisbaai Community Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.2 mb]
AG Area 33 SC Gouritzmond Community Hall Gouritzmond Community Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.21 mb]
AH Area 34 SCC   Touwsranten Community Centre Touwsranten Community Centre Download doc. [PDF - 4.42 mb]
AI Area 35 SCC   Kurland Community hall Kurland Community Hall (Plett) Download doc. [PDF - 4.56 mb]
AJ Area 36 WC   Lamberts Bay - Don Burrel Hall   Don Burrel Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.66 mb]
AL Area 38 WC Papendorp Church Hall Papendorp Church Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.82 mb]
AM Area 39 WC Veldrift - Noordhoek Civic Noordhoek Civic Download doc. [PDF - 4.51 mb]
AN Area 40 WC Paternoster Community Hall Paternoster Community Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.5 mb]
AO Area 41 SC Elim Community Hall Elim Community Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.08 mb]
AP Area 42 SCC   Covie - St Paul's Anglican Church St Paul's Anglican Church Download doc. [PDF - 4.46 mb]
AQ Area 43 WC St Helena Community Hall St Helena Bay Community Hall Download doc. [PDF - 5.28 mb]
AR Area 44 WC   Dial Rock Hall - Saldanha - White City Multi Purpose Centre White City Multi purpose centre Download doc. [PDF - 4.77 mb]
AS Area 45 SC Buffelsjag Community Hall Buffelsjag Community Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.05 mb]
AT Area 46 SC Vermaaklikheid - Slangrivier
Community Hall
Slangrivier Community Hall Download doc. [PDF - 3.74 mb]
AU Area 47 SCC Asla Community Hall Asla Community Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.63 mb]
AV Area 48 SCC KwaNokuthula Plett - Thusong
Community Centre
Thusong Community Centre Download doc. [PDF - 4.5 mb]
AW Area 49 WC   Ebenhaezer Community Centre Ebenhaezer Community Centre Download doc. [PDF - 4.65 mb]
AX Area 50 SCC Hornlee Community Hall Hornlee Community Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.37 mb]
AY Area 51 SC Melkhoutfontein Community
Stillbaai Community Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.64 mb]
AZ Area 52 SCC Plett - New Horizon Community
New Horizon Community Hall Download doc. [PDF - 3.32 mb]
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BC Area 55 WC Hopefield Community Hall Hopefield Community Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.42 mb]
BD Area 56 SC Eluxolweni Community Hall Eluxolweni Community Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.07 mb]
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BF Area 58 SCC D'almeida Town Hall D'almeida Town hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.37 mb]
BG Area 59 SCC Rheenendal Youth Centre Rheenendal Youth Centre Download doc. [PDF - 4.41 mb]
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BI Area 61 WC Vredenburg - Witteklip
Community Hall
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BK Area 63 SC Gansbaai - Masakhane
Community Hall
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BL Area 64 SC Bredasdorp - Thusong Centre /
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BM Area 65 SCC Sedgefield/ Smutzville
Community Hall
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BN Area 66 SCC Kranshoek Hall Kranshoek Hall Download doc. [PDF - 4.39 mb]
BO Area 67 SCC   Wilderness - Kleinkranz Church Kleinkranz Church Download doc. [PDF - 3.24 mb]
BQ   Area 69 SCC Wittedrift Community Hall
(Plett) - Cancelled
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