The Minister of Fisheries addressed her staff at the department of fisheries yesterday for the first since being appointed in June 2009.
And she reportedly did not impress. She firstly instructed staff to not record her speech or make notes while she spoke!
She then proceeded to state that she intends taking away the fishing quotas of the "big 5" fishing companies and will instead give these quotas to communities (whoever they may be)! It will be fascinating of course to see how "nationalisation" of these quotas will benefit "communities" or how they will take over the businesses of quota holders such as Oceana, Irvin & Johnson, Sea Harvest, FoodCorp and Viking and how they will put the billions of rands in assets owned by these companies to use. And here we thought "nationalisation" is not a policy of this government.
And the Minister confirmed that she has been communicating with the department of trade and industry to make funding available for "communities" (there's that elusive concept again) to buy fishing vessels. The Minister needs to be informed that South Africa (like every other fishing nation on the planet) certainly does not require more vessels but we need LESS vessels! It is of course nonsensical to even contemplate adding more fishing vessels to fishery sectors when quota sizes and operational costs simply cannot economically or biologically sustain more fishing effort. But when market economics is a rather irrelevant concept to our Mercedes Benz communists in government spending our tax Rands, then dishing out more fishing vessels to the "communities" makes complete sense.