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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.

PACSA Monthly Food Price Barometer: August 2017

Statistics South Africa’s latest Poverty Trends in South Africa Report (2017) shows that one quarter of South Africa’s population (25.2% or 13.8 million people) live below the food poverty line (R531 per capita per month); and 55.5% (30.4 million people) live below the upper bound poverty line (R1 138 per capita per month). For Black South Africans, 64.2% (approx. 29 million people) live below the upper bound poverty line. Poverty is worsening. You cannot disconnect rising poverty levels from the economy. The economy is driving and deepening poverty. Read the August 2017 Food Price Barometer here.

REMEMBERING THE MARIKANA MASSACRE

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On 16 August 2012 thirty-four striking workers at the Lonmin platinum mine at Marikana, North West, were massacre by the police. Join us in remembering these workers and their struggle for justice by viewing Rehad Desai’s documentary film Miners Shot Down.
Date: Saturday, 19th August 2017
Time: 2 – 4pm
Venue: St Johns United Church, 344 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg
Admission Free – All Welcome – Invite others to join in.
 
 
 

Shifting the hegemonic narrative that “jobs are the solution” to our economic crisis

Statistics South Africa released its jobs statistics for the 2nd Quarter of 2017: 9.3 million South Africans are unemployed. Data from the past several years shows that the employment trajectory has not changed. The racial structure of our labour market and wage levels has not been transformed.  The expanded unemployment rate has stagnated.  The long period of excessively high levels of unemployment amongst our youth (15-24 years) appears to be solidifying and expanding into higher age cohorts (25-44 years) as people get older. We are not just failing to create jobs; we are actually shedding jobs in these, the most productive sectors of our labour force (persons aged between 25-44 years). Our economic crisis is deepening.  Read more here

PACSA's 37th Annual General Meeting

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On Saturday, 1st July 2017, we hosted our 37th Annual General Meeting, a milestone in the life of the organisation.  In her chairpersons report, Desiree Manicom, reflected on PACSA practice of process facilitation as an approach which seeks " to build sustainable social processes ‘from below’ through enhancing the agency of the poor to both meet their material needs and to ensure that they have an impact on structures of power around them.

About PACSA

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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