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Empowering Community Voices: Research Studies from South Africa and Bangladesh

In 2013 PACSA was invited by OXFAM Australia and Monash University to collaborate on a project to develop a community consultation model using the National Health Insurance policy as framework. Numerous CSO’s and others conduct research for policy input but in the process the voices of those who suffer the issue gets lost in technical data. In order to avoid this we decided on a process that foregrounds the human experience of public healthcare. We therefore started with ordinary people sharing their experiences of healthcare and their dreams for a new public health system. In doing this we developed a new approach to policy engagement in which every-one can participate on an equal footing.

Fundisanani: SA and German Youth Connecting

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Ten young South Africans are currently on a month long exchange visit to Hertzogmeuhle, in Munich, Germany, to connect with young Germans. This exchange, aptly named, Fundisanani, is facilitated by Hertzogmeuhle, PACSA, the National Youth Initiative and Thabiso Skills Institute.

Mandela Day Events

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Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is celebrated annually on the 18th of July, the late Nelson Mandela's birthday. This year a number of our community partners had events around Mandela Day. Sizonqoba group in Gezubuso had a joint event with the The Chatsworth Youth Centre, Revolution Motorcycle Club, Pink Drive and Art of Living Foundation from Durban.

PACSA launches monthly Food Price Barometer

In July 2014 we launched the first of our monthly PACSA Food Price Barometer, starting with June 2014, which will complement the annual barometer we release on the 16th October (World Food Day) each year. Like the annual barometer, the monthly barometer serves as an index for food price inflation during the preceding month and provides insight into the affordability of food and other essential household requirements for working class households in a context of low wages, social grants and high levels of unemployment.

Providing a monthly barometer (which includes a media statement, a page of data which shows the price fluctuations and a technical section on notes and references) allows for immediate responses at times of steep increases in food prices as we saw during the 2008/2009 period.

PACSA participates in the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race

The Transatlantic roundtable on religion and race brings together academics, church leaders, students and community activists to explore the role that churches play in the construction of identities in societies where issues of race and ethnicity are played out in the public sphere. The 2014 roundtable focussed on social struggle and faith-based activism and took place at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, from 10 to 16 July 2014. PACSA was invited to part of the deliberations and Mervyn Abrahams presented a paper on 'PACSA: A case study on social struggle and faith-based activism' by giving a broad overview of PACSA's history and the enduring theme of human dignity that continues to inspire us. We will share the publication of the conference with interested readers when it comes out later this year. 


PACSA’s 35th Annual General Meeting

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Sixty-nine people joined us in celebrating the 35th Annual General Meeting of PACSA on Saturday, 14 June 2014, at the Methodist Church in Peter Kerchoff Street, Pietermaritzburg. It was fitting that we gathered in a street named after the founder of PACSA.

Roundtable discussion: The May 2014 elections and the future of politics in South Africa

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PACSA, in collaboration with the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office and the Hans Seidel Foundation, hosted a round table discussion on 'The May 2014 Elections and the Future of Politics in SA’ on the 18th June 2014 which was attended by 67 people.

What is a man? Reflecting on the meaning of masculinity

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Thirty-five participants took part in the second round-table on Masculinities on the 22 July 2014, co-hosted by PACSA and the Goedgedacht Forum for Social Reflection, and sponsored by OXFAM Australia.

Pietermaritzburg - Wage strikes could intensify due to high food prices, and rising inflation and interest rates that are eroding the buying power of consumers, the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (Pacsa) warned yesterday.

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