"The Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA) has provided sobering statistics on poverty to show why the National Budget to be delivered today is not benefitting average households."
Read the full article here published in The Witness on 25 February 2015
"Cape Town - As the 2015 budget announcement nears, there is an increasing clamour from trade unions and human rights groups for a guaranteed minimum wage and social welfare net. The minimum wage demands so far registered range from R4 000 to R8 000."
Read the full article here published in FIN24 on 24 February 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.
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.
"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
"Terry Bell writes that, as the 2015 national budget announcement nears, there is an increasing clamour from trade unions and human rights groups for a guaranteed minimum wage and social welfare net. The minimum wage demands made so far range from R4,000 to R8,000 per month."
Read the full article here published in South African labour News on 24 February 2015
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.