SOUTH AFRICAN GOVT TO EMPOWER FISHERMEN IN EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE

South African Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana has met fishermen from villages around the Amathole District at Mngqesha Great Place in King William's Town in Eastern Cape Province as part of his series of fisheries engagements in the province.

The minister is meeting with local traditional leaders and small-scale fishermen in the province as part of South Africa's drive towards ensuring global food security through the expansion of the fishing and aquaculture industry.

Zokwana said during Monday' meeting at near King William's Town, about 57 kilometres northwest of here, that he hoped the initiative wouldl be beneficial to those who needed it most.

"We wanted to make sure that each and every chief in whose jurisdiction there is small-scale fisheries, we need his buy-in and the buy-in of people in rural areas is through their kings and their chiefs," he added.

"As part of the small-scale fisheries programme, we have already registered small-scale fishermen and we have said even if there are those whose applications have not been successful there will be an opening in January for them to appeal."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK