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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.

World Food Day Celebration in Pongola

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The Food Justice Collective, a consortium of 6 groups working on livelihood creation and alternative solidarity economies, accompanied by a PACSA staff member attended a World Food Day Celebration hosted by the the Impisethunjini project and Biowatch in Pongola, Northern KwaZulu-Natal.

uMphithi Men’s Network: Grieving with Mpendle Men's Forum

Umphithi members carry two food parcels which was handed to the families of the deceased
uMphithi Men’s Network and Mpendle Men’s Forum visited the Zuma and Ngubo families at Mpendle to grieve with thewm the loss of their sons. Xolani Zuma was gunned down at night as he crossed from one house to another within the family homestead. The reason for his murder remains unknown and no arrests were made. Mbongeni Ngubo, the secretary of the same forum, passed away after a long illness. Both Xolani and Mbongeni were active in the uMphithi Men’s Network and mobilising young men to join the forum.

2015 PACSA Food Price Barometer Media Statement

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To: All media
Date: 15 October 2015
Subject: 2015 PACSA Food Price Barometer, Annual Report
For: Immediate release
Households take on debt to put food on the table

The 2015 PACSA Food Price Barometer finds that low-income households cannot make it through the month on their incomes. They struggled to secure the goods and services needed to live at a level of basic dignity. Households prioritised the payment of transport, education, electricity, burial insurance and the repayment of debt before food. Food is prioritised last because it is one of the few expenses households can control. Because food is last in the line of expenditure, the food budget was low and households underspent on food by 55.6%.  Read more here

The 2015 PACSA Film and Arts Festival

Film Festival
The 6th edition of the PACSA Film and Arts Festival, a social justice awareness and mobilisation event, took place from the 24th to the 27th September at the Msunduzi Museum, Pietermaritzburg. This year’s theme, ‘Imagine we all belong here’, explored the concept of belonging and invited the festival participants to imagine a richer sense of belonging: relationships of solidarity, of rootedness, of being at home; belonging that nurtures human dignity, creating spaces to live fully and well, to think and act upon our world.

PACSA launches its 2015 Food Price Barometer

Food price barometer
We launched our 2015 Food Price Barometer to the media on the 15th October to coincide with World Food Day. The Barometer highlights that households take on debt merely to put food on the table. The overall food price inflation on the PACSA food basket from November 2014 to September 2015 was 4.3%. A closer inspection of the inflation in the basket shows that the highest levels of inflation is on the core staples foods and the lower quality proteins. These are foods that households have to procure to access a level of energy and nutrition.

Racism in South Africa: The Conversations We Are *Not* Having

Racism in South Africa
While there is much to celebrate in terms of the progress made on eradicating institutional racism since 1994, the more difficult and complex issues have often been side-lined in favour of expediency and avoided to protect the interests of the powerful. The results of this are now clearly seen in our public discourse where there is a worrying increase in intolerance and growing polarization on racial issues.

Bread-Baking: control over our bread and a new income-generating stream for partners

The first four loaves baked by Mrs Mkhize
A bread-making training took place in Trust Feed on the 6th October and attended by 12 members of the Hlakaniphani Group. Community partner groups who form the Food Justice Collective have been toying with different ideas of how they can increase household income whilst also supporting one another in their daily struggles and work towards defining their own food and agriculture systems. One of the ideas they have taken on is that of bread baking.


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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