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 by Southern African Association of Youth Clubs-SAAYC conducted a one day workshop on ‘Young Leaders for South Africa’ at PACSA offices recently. The workshop was attended by 20 young leaders, including two leaders from the Peer Educators Network, a PACSA community-partner.
The National Energy Regulators’ rejection of ESKOM’s application for a further tariff increase this year has averted a pending crisis facing South African consumers and our economy. This rejection is a victory for all those who mobilised in the call to protest this application because electricity tariffs have already breached affordability thresholds.
In Pietermaritzburg the mobilisation was led by the ‘Stop Eskom’s 25% Increase Coalition’, a coalition of 19 organisations, which included citizens, civic organisations, CBOs, religious groups, small businesses, unions, student movements, NGOs, social justice and political groups.
The PACSA photograph exhibition, ‘People Live Here’, which formed part of the 2014 PACSA Film and Arts Festival, will be launched in Frankfurt, on Friday, 17 July 2015, under the title, ‘So leben wir – Alltag in KwaZulu-Natal’. After this launch the exhibition will travel to various venues throughout Germany. The exhibition, compiled by the well-known photographer Cedric Nunn, contains 31 photographs which explores life in South Africa, twenty-years after the momentous events of 1994 that led to the election of Nelson Mandela as president and the formation of a democratic South Africa. The German exhibition was made possible through the supported of Bread for the World, a PACSA donor partner, and KASA, a solidarity partner.
On the 26 of July 2015 the Source of Hope Youth Foundation conducted a youth dialogue in Eastwood, Pietermaritzburg, to discuss the social factors influencing the increase of teenage pregnancy in their community. According to the Eastwood clinic 146 teenage pregnancies were recorded in the communities of Eastwood and Themba-Elihle in 2014. Participants from three schools, Sobantu High School, Copesville High and Eastwood High, participated in the dialogue.
PACSA had its 36th Annual General Meeting on 13 June 2015 at the Msunduzi Museum. The AGM was attended by 45 people amongst whom were a number of PACSA members including a few founding members. After the business part of the meeting Rev Russell Pollitt, Director of the Jesuit Institute in Johannesburg, addressed the meeting on the topic, ‘Faith, Justice and Social Action in South Africa Today.’
Commission investigates causes of the xenophobic violence and reintegration of victims into their communities
On the 23rd of June 2015, PACSA joined a number of faith-based organizations in a reflection on the recent spate of xenophobic violence in KwaZulu-Natal. The conversation, hosted by the Special Reference Group on Migration and Community Integration in KwaZulu-Natal under leadership of Judge Navi Pillay, previous United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, focussed on the causes of the violence and how victims could be reintegrated into the communities from which they fled.
The Midlands Council of Churches requested PACSA to provide a three-day workshop on economic justice for 15 church leaders from the wider Pietermaritzburg area. The workshop was designed to foreground the idea that economics justice is about ensuring that resources are so allocated that each person has access to what they need to live a dignified life.