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  • Grassroots organisations act in their own names and are accompanied in their own advocacy and development.
  • The work of livelihoods groups has improved food security as a result of their food production and micro enterprises.
  • Our work and our practice seek to enhance human dignity.

PACSA’s 36th Annual General Meeting

REV Russell Pollitt addresses the Annual General Meeting
 
PACSA had its 36th Annual General Meeting on 13 June 2015 at the Msunduzi Museum. The AGM was attended by 45 people amongst whom were a number of PACSA members including a few founding members. After the business part of the meeting Rev Russell Pollitt, Director of the Jesuit Institute in Johannesburg, addressed the meeting on the topic, ‘Faith, Justice and Social Action in South Africa Today.’

Commission investigates causes of the xenophobic violence and reintegration of victims into their communities

 
On the 23rd of June 2015, PACSA joined a number of faith-based organizations in a reflection on the recent spate of xenophobic violence in KwaZulu-Natal. The conversation, hosted by the Special Reference Group on Migration and Community Integration in KwaZulu-Natal under leadership of Judge Navi Pillay, previous United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, focussed on the causes of the violence and how victims could be reintegrated into the communities from which they fled.

Workshop on Socio-Economic Justice for Church leaders

 Workshop with church leaders from the Midlands Council of Churches
 
The Midlands Council of Churches requested PACSA to provide a three-day workshop on economic justice for 15 church leaders from the wider Pietermaritzburg area. The workshop was designed to foreground the idea that economics justice is about ensuring that resources are so allocated that each person has access to what they need to live a dignified life.

Celebrating Africa’s diversity

Africa Diversity invite

About 300 people gathered for a day-long celebration with the theme, Africa - one continent - many cultures. The celebration, hosted by the Msunduzi Museum and supported by PACSA, highlighted the diversity of the African experience through its music, culture, cuisine, fashion and literature.

Victory for those who protested the Eskom application for a 25.3% electricity tariff increase

The Pietermaritzburg march to protest a further 253 increase in electricity tarriffs
 
The National Energy Regulators’ rejection of ESKOM’s application for a further tariff increase this year has averted a pending crisis facing South African consumers and our economy. This rejection is a victory for all those who mobilised in the call to protest this application because electricity tariffs have already breached affordability thresholds.
 
In Pietermaritzburg the mobilisation was led by the ‘Stop Eskom’s 25% Increase Coalition’, a coalition of 19 organisations, which included citizens, civic organisations, CBOs, religious groups, small businesses, unions, student movements, NGOs, social justice and political groups.

PACSA Photograph Exhibition ‘People Live Here’ to launch in Germany

PACSA Photograph Exhibition People Live Here to launch in Germany
 
The PACSA photograph exhibition, ‘People Live Here’, which formed part of the 2014 PACSA Film and Arts Festival, will be launched in Frankfurt, on Friday, 17 July 2015, under the title, ‘So leben wir – Alltag in KwaZulu-Natal’. After this launch the exhibition will travel to various venues throughout Germany. The exhibition, compiled by the well-known photographer Cedric Nunn, contains 31 photographs which explores life in South Africa, twenty-years after the momentous events of 1994 that led to the election of Nelson Mandela as president and the formation of a democratic South Africa. The German exhibition was made possible through the supported of Bread for the World, a PACSA donor partner, and KASA, a solidarity partner.

PACSA opposes ESKOM’s application for 25.3% increase in electricity tariffs

Oppossing the ESKOM application for increased electricity tariffs

In a written submission to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA),PACSA opposed the application by ESKOM to increase the cost of electricity by a further 12.69%,over and above the already granted 12,7% increase which comes into effect on the 1st June 2015. Should NERSA grant ESKOM’s application it will mean a 25.3% increase in the cost of electricity over the year.

PACSA and Siyabonga Helping Hand collaboration

Siyabonga Helping Hand staff and PACSA facilitators at the staff conversation

‘Siyabonga Helping Hand’ (SHH) is a local NGO which has been working in the Edendale Valley since 2007 to support children, most of whom have lost one or both parents to AIDS, through education and care. Over the past few months PACSA collaborated with Siyabonga Helping Hand to provide training for staff in facilitation skills and to assist them to facilitate a process of communicating their new organisational strategy to their constituency.

About PACSA

PACSA 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.

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