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Documentary screening: Sarah Niemand and the Women of Buffeljagsbaai - South Africa–Sweden Research & Innovation Week (UWC)

Venue: Room 1C, School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, Bellville
Date: 18 May 2018
Time: 13:00 to 16:00

Theme: Social Transformation Through Change: Knowledge and social development strategies for society

This documentary contextualises the complexities of criminal livelihoods linked to 'perlemoen' (abalone) poaching in the marginalised coastal community of Buffeljagsbaai - where women on a daily basis are faced with difficult choices between feeding their families and/or garnering quick cash from poachers and risk imprisonment. The documentary portrays the life and struggles of Sarah Niemand and the women of Buffeljagsbaai’s deep and spiritual connections to nature as they make sense of their tenure insecurity of their ancestral land and the challenges of creating alternative livelihoods. The women of Buffeljagsbaai use food and the production of food they sourced from the seascapes (land and sea) to resist the threats from authorities to their livelihoods, land and food security. Then they also dream of one day owning their own community-based 'perlemoen' (abalone) aquaculture farm to secure sustainable livelihoods, tenure security, and to indirectly challenge the poaching activities in their area.

Running Time: 24 Minutes |  PescaDolus Film  | Executive Producer: Moenieba Isaacs 


  • 13h00 LIGHT LUNCH
  • 13h30 – 13h45 Welcome Prof Jose Frantz (DVC Research & Innovation) or Prof Burtram Fielding (Director Research)
  • 13h45 – 14h30 Documentary
  • 14h30 – 14h45 Discussion (Prof Moenieba Isaacs & Dr Mary Hames)
  • 14h45 – 15h00 Questions and Answers
  • 15h00 – 15h15 Edudrama Performance (UWC students)
  • 15h15 – 15h30 Discussion
  • 15h30 – 15h40 Closure