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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 monthly food price barometer

Food price inflation in the baskets of low-income households’ edge up to 20% year-on-year, with maize meal up 40%.

August 2016 saw the price of the PACSA Food Basket (a basket modelled to track food price inflation on low-income households) increase to its highest levels year-on-year.

Reviving water springs - caring for our water resource

Inspecting the natural springs
 
The community of Gezubuso, a semi-rural area outside Pietermaritzburg, has initiated a project to clean and revive the natural network of water springs in the area in order to meet the community’s need for water.

PACSA at the Jozie Book Fair

Jozie book fair
 
Mervyn Abrahams from PACSA was invited to be part of a panel discussion at the Jozzie Book Fair in September 2016. The fair, hosted by Khanya College at Wits University, featured numerous book launches, workshops, exhibitions and discussion forums.

PACSA Monthly food price barometer

Economic data shows jobs crisis in a context of low wages creates cycle of deepening poverty, inequality and unemployment.

Talks to determine the level at which the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will be set have stalled in NEDLAC. The offer made by Business of R1 800 is just too low to make any substantial improvement to the lives of workers.
 
 
 

Electricity Action Group wins important court victory

Electricity Action Group members picket outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court before the hearing
 
On Thursday the 28th July 2016 the first public interest case in the country to clarify the rights of citizens to access free basic electricity was to be heard in the Pietermaritzburg High Court. The case was brought by the Electricity Action Group [EAG], a group of mostly elderly women residing in low-income households from communities across Pietermaritzburg.

PACSA’s 36th Annual General Meeting

Dr Desiree Manicom. PACSA Chair speaking at the AGM
 
On Saturday, 18 June 2016, PACSA hosted its 36th Annual General Meeting at the Msunduzi Museum. 40 people attended the meeting during which PACSA presented highlights of its work in 2015 and rendered accountability to PACSA members and the wider society.

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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