|A National Right to Food Dialogue|
The National Right to Food Dialogue was held in Berea, Johannesburg from 29th to 30th November 2014. PACSA represented by Julie Smith with Ntombifikile Khanyile and Sebenzile Shoba, representing the Food Justice Collective, were involved in the dialogue.
|Organisations Reflect and Learn Together on Participatory Organisational Practice|
Mada Mtine and Julie Smith from PACSA participated in a ‘Bread for the World’ Organisational Learning Project Workshop held in Nakuru, Kenya, from 17th to 21st November 2014.
|PACSA and Community Partners Network Forum meeting|
PACSA and its partners met in a Partners Network Forum on the 20th of November 2014 to review our collaborative relationship and discuss common actions. The main issues that emerged were that the relationship between PACSA and partners is growing in depth and beneficial to both.
|PACSA Monthly Food Price Barometer - December 2014|
PACSA’s December barometer finds that children can’t eat on a child support grant. In South Africa, poverty is highest amongst children. Despite the impressive roll-out and expansion of the Child Support Grant (CSG) which now reaches 69% of all children (according to the Department of Social Development); more than half of our children (56%) still live below the poverty line and nearly a third of children under the age of 5 (30%) are stunted, wasted or underweight.
|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.
|Peer Educators Campaign against teenage pregnancy|
Peer educators from Mthoqotho High School in the Nxamalala community launched its awareness campaign against on the 2nd October 2014 at Mthoqotho High School. More than 400 learners and 15 educators were part of the launch which was also attended by 3 other local high schools - Shayabanatu, KwaMpande and Mtholangqondo.
|Roundtable Discussion on a National Strategic Plan to end gender-based violence|
PACSA, Sonke Gender Justice & Gender Links and the Commission for Gender Equality jointly hosted a roundtable discussion on the current state of the National Council and National Strategic Plan on gender-based violence.
|Update on the 2014 PACSA Food Price Barometer|
We released the 2014 PACSA Food Price Barometer on the 15th October 2014 at a media briefing to coincide with World Food Day on the 16th October. The media briefing was attended by 23 journalists from various media houses and which ranged across all media platforms; print media, radio and television.
"THERE will be a vegetable garden in the Pietermaritzburg city centre shortly inspired by Msunduzi officials who attended a hunger workshop."
Read the article here, published in The Witness, on 21 November 2014.
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.