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ATD Fourth World movement members visit PACSA

ATD Fourth World movement members visit PACSA

Genevieve and Bruno Tardieu from the ATD Fourth World movement (www.atd-fourthworld.org) inParis visited PACSA last week. Genevieve and Bruno took time out of their three month sabbatical at the Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU), at the University of Cape Town, to join us for a conversation on our work and the politics that informs our practice.

Food prices continue to rise, despite the decrease in petrol prices

"DESPITE the recent decrease in petrol prices, food prices have seen a steady increase.

The Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (Pacsa) stated that since petrol price dropped by 25% since July last year, their food barometer has shown an increase in food prices of 0.7% from October last year until January this year."

Read the full article here, published in Maritzburg Fever on 25 February 2015

Bid to change child grant

"PIETERMARITZBURG Agency for Community Social Action (Pacsa) has proposed a range of measures to close the widening gap between the Child Support Grant (CSG) and what food actually costs. Pacsa’s Food Price Barometer tracks the price of a basket of 36 basic food items from six different retail stores."

Read the full article here published in the Maritzburg Fever on 30 January 2015

Advocating for a National Strategic Plan to end gender-based violence

Advocating for a National Strategic Plan to end gender-based violence

42 CSO’s from across South Africa, including PACSA, met in Cape Town in February to discuss and strategize around advocating government to adopt a National Strategic Plan to end gender-based violence. The meeting provided an opportunity for strategic engagement around how best to move forward in building a common response to GBV in the country.

Poorest of the poor forced to tighten their belts

"Pietermaritzburg - Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s Budget was condemned as “regressive” for poor and working class households, with fears raised that it would increase poverty. Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (Pacsa) on Wednesday said it was deeply disappointed at the tentative nature of Nene’s Budget."

Read the full article here published in the Daily News on 26 February 2015

PACSA calls for increase in minimum wage

"The Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA) has provided sobering statistics on poverty to show why the National Budget to be delivered today is not benefitting average households."

Read the full article here published in The Witness on 25 February 2015

Calls mount for guaranteed minimum wage

"Cape Town - As the 2015 budget announcement nears, there is an increasing clamour from trade unions and human rights groups for a guaranteed minimum wage and social welfare net. The minimum wage demands so far registered range from R4 000 to R8 000."

Read the full article here published in FIN24 on 24 February 2015

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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