Eastern Cape launches oceans economy master plan and Minister Creecy hands over small-scale fishing rights.

05 Marh 2020

The Eastern Cape Provincial Government, in partnership with the National Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries will launch the Eastern Cape Oceans Economy Master Plan and hand over dozens of 15 yearlong small-scale fishing rights to cooperatives in the OR Tambo Region, Mthatha.

During the launch, the Nelson Mandela University will officially handover the Master Plan to government and the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Minister Barbara Creecy will hand over the fishing rights to the cooperatives.

The Master Plan paves the way for establishing sustainable Ocean’s Economy and unlocking its full potential in the province whilst the handing over of the fishing licenses is a significant milestone in the local development of the emerging Oceans Economy, indicative of the progress made through aligning policy to practical implementation of projects on the ground.

The small scale fisheries sector plays a vital role in contributing to food security, nutrition, poverty prevention, alleviation and reduction, livelihoods and culture of coastal communities. Historically, South Africa’s small-scale fishers have been subject to adverse marginalisation due to historic political, social and economic challenges.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Venue: OR Tambo Hall, Southernwood
Date: 6 March 2020
Time: 10:00

For enquiries, please contact:

Ncedo Lisani [Manager: Marketing and Communications, Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT)]
Mobile: 066 485 0501

Mr Zolile Nqayi (Director: Communications Services, Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries)
Mobile: 083 490 2871

Zimkhitha Macingwane (OR Tambo District Municipality)
Mobile: 067 180 2098

Issued by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, the Eastern Cape Provincial Government and OR Tambo District Municipality.