“The economy is about society deciding about how to share its resources so that all people have access to the goods and services they require to live at a level of dignity. All economic policy has to be aimed to serve this purpose. Because we are trapped, even at a global level, within a particular economic paradigm the possibilities of making good universal decisions and showing solidarity amongst us are not explored. The effect is that we are unable to deal effectively with our socio-economic problems. We have to start thinking about our economy differently.” Read more here
The statement from Deputy President Ramaphosa on the finalization of agreements on Labour Stability and a National Minimum Wage [NMW], as well as the radical economic transformation narrative put forward by President Zuma in the State of the Nation Address calls for a response.
Since we released our 2016 PACSA Food Price Barometer on 13 October 2016 we have engaged with a number of different stakeholders who are in a position to influence policy on food and the food system in South Africa.
See the 2016 Report at http://www.pacsa.org.za/images/food_barometer/2016/2016_PACSA_Food_Price_Barometer_REDUCED.pdf).
A National Minimum Wage of R3 500 is too low and could trap millions of workers in continuing cycles of poverty
Table 1: PACSA Affordability Tables: Income and expenditure for households of various socio-economic scenarios: October 2016. See Household H for National Minimum Wage of R3 500.
After a number of years of debating in NEDLAC whether South Africa requires a legislated national minimum wage covering all workers and if so, at what level should it be set, a panel of experts advised that the level should be set at R3500.00.
Does the outcome of the 2016 Local Government Elections indicate a major shift in South African politics?
The recent local government elections have been described as a ‘watershed election’ as the ANC lost control of some of the key metropolitan municipalities to opposition parties and a number of coalition governments at municipal governance level. In order to explore the meaning and significance of that election for our long-term political direction, PACSA, in collaboration with the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office, hosted a roundtable discussion on whether the outcomes of the elections indicate a re-alignment of political forces in South Africa?
On the 3rd November 2016 we hosted an exchange visit between local youth and a group of 13 Belgian youth from St Quirin in the city of Huy, Belgium. The Belgian youth are connected to Entraide et Fraternite a long standing partner of PACSA. The visit and conversation focused on sharing experiences between young people in South Africa and in Belgium.