(l-r) Abongile Ngqongwa, acting director, Small-Scale Fisheries; Sue Middleton, acting deputy director general, Fisheries Branch and Dr Mark Botha, CEO, Fisheries Development Fund Photo: Fisheries Development Fund(l-r) Abongile Ngqongwa, acting director, Small-Scale Fisheries; Sue Middleton, acting deputy director general, Fisheries Branch and Dr Mark Botha, CEO, Fisheries Development Fund Photo: Fisheries Development Fund

A donation of masks has been given to the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries’ (DEFF) Small-Scale Fisheries Directorate by the South African Fisheries Development Fund to protect small-scale and interim relief fishers in the Western and Northern Cape from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The handover of the 4,800 masks took place at DEFF’s offices in Cape Town on 2 June.

“The Fund’s mandate is to contribute towards the economic advancement and wellbeing of fishers in local fishing communities,” explained Fund chief executive, Dr Mark Botha. “Our donation of these masks, manufactured in line with the necessary specifications by House of Monatic, is, just another way in which we are trying to support these fishers. It follows the donation of food parcels by the Fund to rural fishing communities across South Africa in early May this year.”

“Through this donation we hope to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19, in particular in our vulnerable fishing communities,” he added.

The South African Fisheries Development Fund was established by Brimstone Investment Corporation and Sea Harvest Corporation in 2018 to help drive business growth and financial wellness for small-scale fishers; small, medium and micro-sized enterprises and small-scale co-operatives within the local fishing industry.

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