Weekly Press Review – 18 September 2017

The partial sinking of the chartered Robben Island ferry, Thandi, on Friday afternoon has made headlines this week.  According to the press, the vessel began taking on water while returning from the island and the 68 passengers and crew on board had to be rescued. Senior manager of ferry operations at the Robben Island Museum … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 18 September 2017

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Weekly Press Review – 11 July 2017

Viking Fishing’s court battle against the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) regarding fishing rights in the Western Cape has been dealt a blow. According to the press, the Western Cape High Court has decided that the company’s interdict against the department should not be made final. This after the fishing group won the … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 11 July 2017

Weekly Press Review – 3 July 2015

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has made headlines again this week with commercial abalone quota holders hitting out at the department’s new draft policies for long-term quota allocations. Abalone SA described the new draft policy as “a superficial copy and paste job”, leaving quota holders with no choice, but to “reject the … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 3 July 2015

Weekly Press Review – 4 July 2014

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, … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 4 July 2014

Weekly Press Review – 16 May 2014

It has been a long time coming, but Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has finally stepped up to the plate and decided to scrap the entire fishing rights allocation process of 2013 (FRAP 2013). This comes after an independent audit found that the Fishing Department's fishing rights allocation process was fatally flawed and would not stand up … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 16 May 2014

Weekly Press Review – 28 February 2014

Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson finally made the announcement this week that fishermen who lost their traditional linefish rights at the end of 2013 will be allowed to continue fishing until the end of April 2014. The Minister said,”There do seem to be legitimate concerns either relating to poor administration of the applications or questionable judgements by … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 28 February 2014

Weekly Press Review – 14 February 2014

The fishing rights allocation process made headlines again this week as a discussion of a report by the fisheries department, explaining the controversial allocation process, was not discussed by the portfolio committee as scheduled. The reason:  the appeals process is still not 100 percent complete and the report is, therefore, still  regarded as “a work … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 14 February 2014