In certain sections of our society and amongst certain men's movements it is common to put the blame for unemployment amongst men and other issues on the 'equal rights' our constitution grant men and women. In order to open a conversation on this issue the uMphithi Men's Network conducted a reflection session with 34 men in the Mkhambathini area on the 22nd of March 2015.
The Barefoot Guide 4: Exploring the Real Work of Social Change was released at the World Social Forum in Tunis recently and explores questions, experiences and learnings, from practice, relating to the 'real work of social change.' Included in this publication are reflections from PACSA's practice as well as the struggles and experiences of two of our community partners, the Electricity Action Group and the National Health Insurance Research Team.
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.
"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
A discussion was held on Wednesday 25th March, facilitated by the NHI Research Team, to reflect on whether the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) is making a difference to people living in uMgungundlovu District – a pilot site for the NHI. Participants in the process had taken part in a discussion on the public health care system two years ago and particularly around how the NHI as an instrument to deliver improvements was constituted.
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.
After an extensive search and interview process the PACSA Council appointed Ms. Duduzile Radebe to the newly created position of Practice Development Manager. She starts work with us on the 1st March 2015.
"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