Fishing permits issue simmers
The Agriculture Dept. has called for calm as disgruntled fishermen continue to complain about fishing permits.
CAPE TOWN - The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department has called for calm as anger over fishing rights continue to simmer.
"We cannot give every community permits."
These were the words of Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, who says the Western Cape is not the only province that fishing quotas are allocated to.
She was speaking at an event in Mitchells Plain on Sunday, where she said her department would continue to speak to residents about the issue.
"The Hout Bay community has been addressed and we have been working with them. People need to be patient."
The minister has indicated that another round of applications for fishing rights will be made available in the future.