The by Southern African Association of Youth Clubs-SAAYC conducted a one day workshop on ‘Young Leaders for South Africa’ at PACSA offices recently. The workshop was attended by 20 young leaders, including two leaders from the Peer Educators Network, a PACSA community-partner.
The National Energy Regulators’ rejection of ESKOM’s application for a further tariff increase this year has averted a pending crisis facing South African consumers and our economy. This rejection is a victory for all those who mobilised in the call to protest this application because electricity tariffs have already breached affordability thresholds.
In Pietermaritzburg the mobilisation was led by the ‘Stop Eskom’s 25% Increase Coalition’, a coalition of 19 organisations, which included citizens, civic organisations, CBOs, religious groups, small businesses, unions, student movements, NGOs, social justice and political groups.
The PACSA photograph exhibition, ‘People Live Here’, which formed part of the 2014 PACSA Film and Arts Festival, will be launched in Frankfurt, on Friday, 17 July 2015, under the title, ‘So leben wir – Alltag in KwaZulu-Natal’. After this launch the exhibition will travel to various venues throughout Germany. The exhibition, compiled by the well-known photographer Cedric Nunn, contains 31 photographs which explores life in South Africa, twenty-years after the momentous events of 1994 that led to the election of Nelson Mandela as president and the formation of a democratic South Africa. The German exhibition was made possible through the supported of Bread for the World, a PACSA donor partner, and KASA, a solidarity partner.
In a written submission to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA),PACSA opposed the application by ESKOM to increase the cost of electricity by a further 12.69%,over and above the already granted 12,7% increase which comes into effect on the 1st June 2015. Should NERSA grant ESKOM’s application it will mean a 25.3% increase in the cost of electricity over the year.