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Debating a Minimum Wage for South Africa

Prof Nicoli Nattras, Mervyn Abrahams, Terry Bell

The question of a minimum wage and the level at which such a minimum should be set is one of the most contested policy discussion in South Africa today. In order to explore this policy issue, Mervyn Abrahams (PACSA Director) together with Professor Nicoli Nattrass, University of Cape Town, and Mr. Terry Bell, labour journalist, made inputs at a roundtable discussion hosted by the CPLO in Cape Town.

Minimum wage call rooted in lived experience

"The Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (Pacsa) has based its call for a ZAR8 000 minimum wage on what it calls "the lived experience of ordinary people" of whom 53.8% live below the upper bound poverty line of ZAR779 a month and 21.7% on less than the food poverty line of ZAR335 a month, or ZAR11.17 a day, measured in 2011. In a document prepared in response to finance minister Nhlanhla Nene's maiden budget, Pacsa says its research in Pietermaritzburg showed that a household of five needs at least ZAR8 000 a month to live at a basic level."

Minimum wage call rooted in lived experience

Inside Labour: Budget brings no change for the poor

"WEDNESDAY was budget day, an annual event for the state. But for most South Africans, budget day is every day or, if they are slightly luckier, a weekly or monthly calculation to try to remain at least afloat economically. So what happened this week, along with the plaudits and the protests reflected in the media, will not cause any excitement for more than half the population."

Inside Labour: Budget brings no change for the poor

The future of the Food System in South Africa

Four scenarios examining possible futures of the food system in SA was launched at the University of Witwatersrand's, Johannesburg, on the 11th March 2015. These scenarios were developed by a group of 50 South African coming from diverse backgrounds and located at different places in the food system.

Pietermaritzburg Says NO to Xenophobia

All the trees in Hoosen Haffejee Street (where PACSA is located) was draped in yellow with messages against Xenophobia

The recent months we have again seen the horrible face of xenophobia spreading through our country resulting in an estimated 7 deaths. More than 5,000 people were forced to flee their homes with lives destroyed and living in fear. In Pietermaritzburg about 135 people, mainly from Malawi, fled their homes and were housed, by the municipality, at Dale’s Park in terrible living conditions, while awaiting repatriation back to their country of birth. PACSA has joined a number of faith-based NGO organisations to state clearly our opposition to xenophobia (see here) and created safe spaces for those who live in fear.

Inside Labour: The real budgets: SA’s frantic daily juggling act

PACSA documenting their practice

PACSA documenting their practice

PACSA staff met for three days in March 2015 to begin a process to document our current practice. Emerging from our reflections are the following practice statements: 'We walk together in a co-created journey while engaging in a meaningful conversation towards supporting movement for social change.' 'We are in genuine relationships of solidarity with groups which respect our individual autonomy based on share principles of dignity, social just, being fully human.'

The future of the Food System in South Africa

The future of the Food System in South Africa

Four scenarios examining possible futures of the food system in SA was launched at the University of Witwatersrand's, Johannesburg, on the 11th March 2015. These scenarios were developed by a group of 50 South African coming from diverse backgrounds and located at different places in the food system.

About PACSA

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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