|Advocating for a National Strategic Plan to end gender-based violence|
42 CSO’s from across South Africa, including PACSA, met in Cape Town in February to discuss and strategize around advocating government to adopt a National Strategic Plan to end gender-based violence. The meeting provided an opportunity for strategic engagement around how best to move forward in building a common response to GBV in the country.
|ATD Fourth World movement members visit PACSA|
Genevieve and Bruno Tardieu from the ATD Fourth World movement (www.atd-fourthworld.org) inParis visited PACSA last week. Genevieve and Bruno took time out of their three month sabbatical at the Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU), at the University of Cape Town, to join us for a conversation on our work and the politics that informs our practice.
|Budget 2015 Factsheet|
This Budget 2015 factsheet has been prepared by the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action [PACSA] for media personnel and MPs with the intention of identifying some of the fractures upon which our current economic approach is founded, and to present background information with which to interrogate the upcoming 2015 Budget. Rather than employing the jargon of economics, this document speaks to the lived experience of ordinary people, and makes some key suggestions for a transformative budget that meets their needs – and those of the country as a whole.
|Duduzile Radebe – PACSA Practice Development Manager|
After an extensive search and interview process the PACSA Council appointed Ms. Duduzile Radebe to the newly created position of Practice Development Manager. She starts work with us on the 1st March 2015.
|PACSA argues for a total restructuring of the Msunduzi municipal tariff framework|
It has now become common for the Msunduzi municipality to invite our comments and inputs into their annual municipal tariff policy that sets the cost structure of services such as electricity, water and sanitation. Last year we argued that setting costs makes no sense without first conducting an affordability study to ascertain whether costs are affordable. Msunduzi agreed with our proposal but this year’s tariff policy again was set without taking affordability into regard.
|PACSA Monthly Food Price barometer|
The January 2015 PACSA Monthly Food Price Barometer headlines ‘No drop in food prices as a result of the petrol price drop’.
The price of petrol has dropped by 25% since July 2014, and even considering the time lag, PACSA’s food price barometer shows an average increase in food prices of 0.7% from October 2014 till January 2015 (R1557.63 in October 2014 to R1568.25 in January 2015). STATS SA’s CPI food and non-alcoholic beverages index similarly showed a 0.9% increase between December 2014 and January 2015. Many are questioning why we have not seen a drop in food prices. Fuel is an input cost across the entire food value chain and in all foods.
|PACSA Monthly Food price Barometer: January 2015|
The PACSA monthly food price barometer tracks the price of a basket of 36 basic food items from six different retail stores servicing the lower-income market in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. The basket serves as an index for food price inflation 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.
|Youth Peer Educators Network plan for 2015|
Thirty Peer Educators from seven different schools in the uMgungundlovu District recently attended a 3 day workshop to share experiences and plan common awareness programmes and school-based actions that create safe spaces for scholars to engage around gender, sexuality and HIV and Aids.
"PIETERMARITZBURG Agency for Community Social Action (Pacsa) has proposed a range of measures to close the widening gap between the Child Support Grant (CSG) and what food actually costs. Pacsa’s Food Price Barometer tracks the price of a basket of 36 basic food items from six different retail stores."
Read the full article here published in the Maritzburg Fever on 30 January 2015
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.