Deepening Democracy through Access to Information
Home / Statements RSS ← Back

Email this article

separate emails by commas, maximum limit of 4 addresses

Sponsored by


Article Enquiry

Fishing rights once again delayed


Embed Video

Fishing rights once again delayed

Image of Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy
Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy

3rd February 2023


Font size: -+

/ MEDIA STATEMENT / The content on this page is not written by, but is supplied by third parties. This content does not constitute news reporting by

The civil rights organisation Cape Forum learned on 1 February that the ANC, specifically the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), had once again postponed the granting of fishing rights until October. When these rights are granted, they will be valid for 15 years.

This announcement by the minister, Barbara Creecy, to postpone this process once again borders on unacceptable precisely because it has already been postponed, delayed and started anew so many times. Several fishermen have already given up and some have lost everything. The Cape Forum is in contact with several fishing communities whose children are no longer able to continue their studies due to a lack of funds. Because of this delay, the children are now also unable to work for their family businesses, which leads to the impoverishment of entire families and communities.


“At a time when the economy is shrinking, and interest rates are rising, which results in increased food prices, South Africa’s small-scale as well as commercial fishermen are deliberately being cut out of the economy by the minister. This policy is unacceptable,” says Tommy van Zyl, Coordinator for Cape Forum.

Creecy mentioned that they had received a record number of complaints and appeal applications. Yet nowhere is it stated that the online system was faulty for months. Reasons such as these resulting in the delay of granting fishing rights are not mentioned.


The Cape Forum will continue its campaign against the government and is preparing for its first court case in the High Court in Pretoria.


Issued by AfriForum


To subscribe email or click here
To advertise email or click here

Comment Guidelines


About is a product of Creamer Media.

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Engineering News
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa

Read more


We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store


Advertising on is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email

View options
Free daily email newsletter Register Now