For the past 9 years the people of Tolima and Quindio, in the Andes Mountains of Colombia, has been resisting the development of an open-pit gold mine by Anglo Gold Ashanti.
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.
On Saturday, 18 June 2016, PACSA hosted its 36th Annual General Meeting at the Msunduzi Museum. 40 people attended the meeting during which PACSA presented highlights of its work in 2015 and rendered accountability to PACSA members and the wider society.
Our Process Facilitators participated in a Facilitator Development Program (FDP) course facilitated by Davine Thaw of Footsteps International. The programme was facilitated over 2 modules, with each module lasting 3 days.
Mervyn Abrahams from PACSA was invited to be part of a panel discussion at the Jozzie Book Fair in September 2016. The fair, hosted by Khanya College at Wits University, featured numerous book launches, workshops, exhibitions and discussion forums.
Economic data shows jobs crisis in a context of low wages creates cycle of deepening poverty, inequality and unemployment.
Talks to determine the level at which the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will be set have stalled in NEDLAC. The offer made by Business of R1 800 is just too low to make any substantial improvement to the lives of workers.
In order to deepen our knowledge and competence to mainstream legal strategies in our social change work, David Cote, Strategic Litigation Programme Coordinator at Lawyers for Human Rights, facilitated a two-day workshop for PACSA staff on the Right to Protest and the use of strategic litigation to open ‘closed spaces’ and advance a social change agenda.
The KwaZulu-Natal Stress and Trauma Network, a PACSA community partner, conducted two trauma awareness workshops in Kwa-Haza and Howick West. These workshops create safe spaces to identify trauma, provide emotional support through sharing stories and assist participants in reducing the impact of stress and trauma on their physical, emotional and mental well- being.