The re-allocation of fishing rights for fisheries for next year is back in the news this week. MPs were informed this week that the process, with a combined value of R1.5 million, is way behind schedule.
The portfolio committee has been urged to take an active role in getting the process back on track. Joseph Ginindza, parliamentary researcher, told the committee that he was “trying not to sound alarmist”, but said that there is very little time available for the complex assessment process that needs to take place before any fishing rights can be awarded for next year.
“There are people whose livelihoods depend on rights being allocated in time. If these people can’t fish, there is no income. It is a matter of urgency,” said Ginindza.
A 55-year-old sailor, Anthony Smith, made the news this week after running his yacht aground on Misty Cliffs beach between Kommetjie and Cape Point. The sailor, who was taken to the Kommetjie Sea Rescue Base, was cold, but uninjured. The Kommetjie community rallied around to assist. Smith was offered a shower at the base, his clothes were dried by Kommetjie Laundry and he was brought food by the owners of the Lighthouse Pub and Grill.
It appears that his yacht will be stranded on the beach for a while due to the bad weather conditions in the region, but it will be up to Smith to source a salvage company to help with the removal of the yacht.