Diana Skelton and Martin Kalisa from the ATD (All together in Dignity) 4th World Movement visited PACSA on the 8th October and animated a conversation, hosted by PACSA, on the work of the ATD 4th World movement and their recently released book, Artisans of Peace Overcoming Poverty.
PACSA, ESSET (Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation, based in Johannesburg) and the Diakonia Council of Churches, based in Durban, spent two days in joint reflection on our analysis of the context we work in and how our organisational practice allows us to contribute to social justice. The reflections took place at the Umdloti Holiday Resort and Conference Centre, on the north coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, and included intense reflections and debate but also time to connect as persons in a relaxed atmosphere.
The Food Justice Collective is a space where different groups come together to learn, share and grow food together.
A roundtable discussion on A National Minimum Wage for South Africa was held on the 14th July 2015 in partnership with the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO). Speakers included Eddie Cottle from the Labour Research Service, Gilard Isaacs and Bandile Ngidi from Wits University. The speakers provided a historical background of the National Minimum Wage [NMW], debunked much of the arguments against it on the basis of evidence and clarified how it is being currently defined in the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), a statutory body that brings together government, organised labour, business and community-based organisations which collaborates on shaping economic policies.
The Community Partner Networking Forum [CPNF] was held on the 21st of August 2015. It was a moment of real excitement for PACSA as our community partners had expressed a need to capture the space last year, and they did it. It was one of the best CPNF’s we have ever had. The content of the discussions were extremely rich, rooted and provocative.
The Peers Educators Network is in the process of making a film which addresses the question of gender roles and power relations and its impact of HIV and AIDS in poor communities. The Peers educators are working with an experienced film writer, Nomsa Dladla, and it is anticipated that the film will completed by December this year. The plan for this film is that it will be screened on SABC 1 and E-TV on Education programmes to reach as wide an audience as possible. The film will also be viewed by local schools in the District.
The 2015 edition of the PACSA Film and Arts Festival takes place from Thursday, 24th September to Saturday, 27th September 2015 at the Msunduzi Museum (the old Voortrekker Museum), at 351 John Langibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg. The annual PACSA Film and Arts Festival is once again set to showcase a stimulating and highly topical range of art forms – all of which celebrate the aspirations and imaginings of ordinary South Africans, and remind us of the power of art to challenge the status quo.
About 35 people gathered on the campus of the Frankfurt University on the 17th July 2015 for the launch of the photograph exhibition ‘So leben wir – Alltag in KwaZulu-Natal.’ This exhibition, compiled by the well-known South African photographer Cedric Nunn, was first exhibited at the 2014 PACSA Film and Arts Festival. The German exhibition is funded by Bread for the World and organised by the German Ecumenical Service on Southern African (KASA. A number of those present for the launch have been friends of PACSA from the anti-apartheid days or had worked in church circles in South Africa.