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 poverty is reduced in communities in the uMgungundlovu District in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. It facilitates development processes with local community partner organisations as they seek substantial change in their communities, and accompanies them over a period of time, as requested by them.
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On the 11th of February 2013, Mervyn Abrahams and Thulas Ndlovu participated in a leadership exposure programme hosted by Rural Development Support Programme (RDSP) at Glenmore Pastoral Centre in Durban. 14 people from 6 organizations participated.
Members of the Electricity Action Group writing their story of significant change
A drawing by one of the groups to illustrate their story
PACSA and 12 of our community partners took part in workshop, on the 19th and 20th of February, to explore the Most Significant Change story-telling methodology and its use in our work of social change.
In the run-up to the 2014 Budget speech PACSA wrote to the Minister of Finance requesting an increase in Rand terms in social grants and minimum wages so that all households are able to afford a basic basket of food. We argued that currently these are too low and far below our October 2013 figure of R1509.34 which our Food Price Barometer shows is the minimum cost of a basket of basic food for a household of 7 persons.
The struggle facing poor households in the Msunduzi Municipality to procure sufficient water, electricity and sanitation, continue to deepen. At a time when numerous households face electricity disconnections and at least 5 people have been electrocuted this year due to illegal electricity connections, the municipality proposed an increase 7.39% on electricity tariffs and 8.3% on water for 2014/2015.
The Hlakanaphani Women’s Group in Trustfeed, one of our community partners groups working on household livelihood, had their work featured on the programme ‘Growing Tomorrow’ on the SABC TV 2 on the 3rd December 2013.
- Launch of the book 'Trees along the Riverside'
- Exploring the real work of social change through story-telling
- PACSA mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela
- Men and Masculinities in South Africa
- Book Launch: Men and Masculinities in SA
- 2013 PACSA Food Price Barometer
- PACSA 2013 Film and Arts Festival
- Round table discussion on aspects of political leadership
- PACSA in Conversation with La Via Campesina
- Themb'Elihle Youth Group connect with K-Cap Theatre