'Big fishing firms must lead on empowerment'

Tina Joemat-Pettersson says private fishing companies should commit to empowering workers.

Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Fisheries minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says more private companies should commit to empowering workers in the sector.

A trust set up by the Oceana Group - South Africa's largest fishing company - has paid out more than R200 million to beneficiaries.

Joemat-Pettersson says this trust is proof that transformation is taking place in the fishing industry.

"We have many large companies in the fishing industry who still need to have this kind of broad-based black economic empowerment. And we should not rest until the poorest of the poor have economic opportunities."