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2014 PACSA Film & Arts Festival

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About 900 people attended the various events hosted as part of the 2014 edition of the PACSA Film and Arts Festival which took place on the main campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg.

An emerging movement on food sovereignty

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Over the past six months a number of groups have been collaborating and mentoring each other in agro-ecological gardening and this is leading to an emerging movement in the District.

PACSA and Partners attend the Southern Cape Land Committee’s Agro-ecological producers platform

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Mada Mtine and Julie Smith, from PACSA, and Ntombifikile Khanyile and MamNyoka, two members of PACSA’s community partners, attended the Southern Cape Agro-Ecological Producers platform

PACSA Food Price Barometer

The PACSA Food Price Barometer report is available for download here. Download a press statement here. Download the PACSA Ideal Food Basket Report here.

The 2014 PACSA Food Price Barometer shows that a basket of 32 foods which form the basic foods in the shopping trolleys of poor working class households in Pietermaritzburg increased from R1509.34 to R1640.05 in September 2014, an increase of 8.66% year-on-year.

PACSA Photograph Exhibition “People live here...20 Years into Democracy”

The PACSA Photography Exhibition ‘People Live Here . . . 20 Years into Democracy’ is on display at the Msunduzi (Voortrekker) Museum till the 31st October 2014 from 10.00am to 3pm on weekdays and 10.00am to 1pm on Saturday.

Roundtable dialogue on household food insecurity and hunger in South Africa

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PACSA and OXFAM GB jointly hosted a round-table on the 16th September attended by 40 people on household food insecurity and hunger in South Africa. Oxfam Great Britain made presentations on ‘Hidden Hunger in South Africa’.

Roundtable on Social Cohesion and Social Mobilisation at Rhodes University, Grahamstown

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Mervyn Abrahams participated in a discussion on ‘Social Cohesion and Social Mobilisation’ jointly hosted by the Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics (Rhodes University) and the Goedgedacht Forum for Social Reflection.

Sheba Bokamoso 2014: Managing Diversity Youth Event

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After Bopha Siykhona 2010 and Sheba Bokamoso 2012, our third Diversity Camp has taken off last Sunday. Over 300 young people of different background from four SA provinces are gathering for one week at Back to Basics Camp near Grabouw in Western Cape.

"Under the theme of “People Live Here … 20 Years into Democracy”, the annual Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA) Film and Arts festival is set to showcase a stimulating and highly topical range of films, art, poetry, music and debates that celebrate the lives and power of ordinary South Africans, 20 years after the first democratic elections."

Read the full article here, published in the Southern African Life Blogspot, 22 September.



Pacsa LogoPACSA is an independent, faith-based, non-governmental organisation that has worked to achieve social and economic justice for over 30 years.

PACSA works for improved social cohesion as inequality and poverty is reduced in communities in the uMgungundlovu District in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Upcoming Events

04 October - 31 October:
PACSA Photography Exhibition
15 October:
Media Briefing and Release of 2014 PACSA Food Price Barometer


21 November:
16 Days Event

PACSA is a member of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance

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