Zimasa Jika is currently the Acting Director: Sustainable Aquaculture Management at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. She manages the Directorate: Sustainable Aquaculture Management, which is responsible for the development, management and regulation of a sustainable aquaculture industry that contributes towards job creation, food security, rural development and economic growth.
She also spearheads Operation Phakisa initiatives such as the Intergovernmental Authorisations Committee (IAC) for aquaculture, which aims to streamline government departments business processes and standard operating procedures and review where necessary the existing legislation to eliminate barriers.
Prior to her present position she was Deputy Director for Aquaculture Authorisations responsible for the regulation of the marine aquaculture sector through the development and implementation of relevant enabling legislation and the co-ordination of aquaculture stakeholder forums.
Her work experience spans various fields such as environmental management, fisheries research and aquaculture management fields. Ms. Jika holds qualifications in Botany, Environmental Management and Marine Biology from the then University of Port Elizabeth (UPE), now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).
She also holds a Masters in Science degree in International Fisheries Management from the University of Tromsø, Norway, and is a member of Golden Key Honours Society and a NORAD fellow.
She is passionate about aquaculture development in Africa, sustainable resources management, the empowerment of women in agriculture and the mentorship and coaching of young black women.