So the Minister of Fisheries has announced that after a mere 4 years in office, she will for the very first time be meeting with the fishing industry ... well not quite.
The Minister has announced that she will be meeting with CEO's of the fishing industry tomorrow and then brief the media. The Minister has invited the CEO's / MD's of South Africa's four largest fishing companies to a meeting at the Mandela Rhodes Hotel in Cape Town. We understand that Foodcorp's Managing Director has not been invited to the meeting. We understand that Premier Fishing's CEO has also been invited.
While this meeting is undoubtedly important and 4 years overdue, we must nevertheless ponder why the Minister has elected to only meet with 4 companies out of more than 3000 quota holders and why has the Minister not elected to meet with the registered industrial and right holder representative bodies that are registered as such under section 8 of the Marine Living Resources Act. She is obliged in terms of fisheries policy to meet with these registered industrial bodies which she has not done to date.
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