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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.

Release of 2016 PACSA Food Price Barometer annual report

The 2016 PACSA Food Price Barometer finds that increasing food prices is deepening the affordability crisis in low-income homes. This year’s substantial food price hikes, annualised at 15%, driven by the drought, has put enormous pressure on the wage and social grant and the strategies employed by households to absorb inflation. Women have expressed that they are really struggling to put food on the table.  Read more here.

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.

Food Price Barometer Media Release


To: All media for immediate release.
Date: 13 October 2016
Subject: 2016 PACSA Food Price Barometer, Annual Report

Release to coincide with World Food Day on 16 October 2016
Increasing food prices deepens affordability crisis in low-income homes.  Read more here

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 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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