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“WOMEN AND THE ENVIRONMENT CONFERENCE 2005”INMISTY HILLS, MULDERDRIFTBY:BULELWA QUPE(WOMEN IN FISHING): 

'WOMEN AND THE ENVIRONMENT CONFERENCE 2005' IN MISTY HILLS, MULDERDRIFT BY:BULELWA QUPE (WOMEN IN FISHING)

CONTENTS: 

CONTENTS INTRODUCTION CASE STUDY-Bulelwa Qupe CHALLENGES OPPORTUNITIES SOLUTIONS CONCLUSION

INTRODUCTION: 

INTRODUCTION Great achievements by present government A lot is still to be done Medium term fishing rights process has positive implication to historical disadvantaged Quota holders Eastern Cape is South Africa’s 2nd largest Province covering 170 600 square km (13, 9% of the country) Capital in Bhisho 3rd largest population growth of 6,8 million (15, 2% of total population of country) Eastern Cape fishing industry generates about R200 million a year Government’s decision in July 1998 to issue long-line hake permits to fishermen in the region also boosted the industry Squid industry generates R150 million a year and provides 3 000 jobs

CASE STUDY-Bulelwa Qupe: 

CASE STUDY-Bulelwa Qupe Started a business, a chicken licken franchise Decided to diversify to Fish andamp; Chips. Brief research showed people were not prepared to spend more than R10.00 for meals Fish andamp; chips were successful but had to service the debt owed to the bank Application for fishing rights that were advertised SABC 3 Started two fishing close corporation namely Mazidlekhaya and Ezabantu Fishing cc It took 3 years to eventually been awarded fishing rights. But a court interdict surfaced In 2000 I completed an Aqua Culture course at UPE In 2003 I registered a marketing company – Buntu Marketing Exporting and Processing (PTY) LTD Export 112 tons of hake longline to export market- Spain and 124 tons to domestic market.

CASE STUDY-Bulelwa Qupe: 

CASE STUDY-Bulelwa Qupe SAWEN initiative Transformation in the Fishing Industry is estimated at 60% of Commercial Fishing rights and majority HDI owned - A company of which 70% are SMME compared in 1992 HDI held 0, 5%'.( According to Fishing industry news December 2004 ) To be effective we must have a broad vision how much fish of TAC is allocated to HDI and not necessarily how many HDI companies Reasons the majority of TAC is still on the hands of historical advantaged individuals the increase in number of SMME’s is with small unviable allocation

CHALLENGES: 

CHALLENGES Lack of access to information – Data Application forms are very complicated New entrants are faced with numerous structural problems lack of infrastructure (Vessels, Processing Plant etc.) No mentorship from established companies Lack of access to finance lack of commitment for real change Black individuals or group fronting for devious white establishments, unabating rent –a –black scheme for purpose of securing fishing rights. Lack of skills and expertise in fisheries Business skills – Business management Financial management Joint ventures don’t result in new investments and job creation

OPPORTUNITIES: 

OPPORTUNITIES Conducive environment allowing new entrants in the fishing industry Marine Living Resource Act of 1998 vision BEE Act Trade and Industry incentive schemes BBSDP,SMEDP EMIA scheme to promote and market your product in the global markets Coastal tourism: Cage Whale watching, Anglers, Surfing and Scuba Diving South African Ports and Harbors provide links to world economies and markets. Mining: Diamond heavy minerals (titanium and zirconium). Oil and gas as well as sand pebbles for building materials.

SOLUTIONS: 

SOLUTIONS Transforming behavior, attitude, practices and perceptions of businessmen towards women and women business. Support from the Dept of Environment and Tourism (MCM) by ensuring fairly distribution of fishing rights to women Comprehensive support should be given to the (SMME) new entrants including loans available for investment in the fishing industry. Training in business skills Viable rights should be allocated Networking is powerful tool for growth, sharing and gathering information. Structural constraints inadvertently entails that new entrants should operate in the inshore fishery, Squid and Longline as requires less capital investment. Setting aside a certain percentage from TAC for new entrant’s (women)

CONCLUSION: 

CONCLUSION An old Chinese proverb states 'Give a man fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life-time'. Now it needs to be reviewed to read thus: Give a woman fishing rights (quota) and you will feed and build the nation for a life-time. I always believe that women can make a huge difference in the economy of the country because they are determined to invest in the business and the community.

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Thank you/ Dankie/ Enkosi: 

Thank you/ Dankie/ Enkosi