On Thursday the 28th July 2016 the first public interest case in the country to clarify the rights of citizens to access free basic electricity was to be heard in the Pietermaritzburg High Court. The case was brought by the Electricity Action Group [EAG], a group of mostly elderly women residing in low-income households from communities across Pietermaritzburg.
For the past 9 years the people of Tolima and Quindio, in the Andes Mountains of Colombia, has been resisting the development of an open-pit gold mine by Anglo Gold Ashanti.
Food price inflation in the baskets of low-income households’ edge up to 20% year-on-year, with maize meal up 40%
August 2016 saw the price of the PACSA Food Basket (a basket modelled to track food price inflation on low-income households) increase to its highest levels year-on-year.
On Saturday, 18 June 2016, PACSA hosted its 36th Annual General Meeting at the Msunduzi Museum. 40 people attended the meeting during which PACSA presented highlights of its work in 2015 and rendered accountability to PACSA members and the wider society.
The community of Gezubuso, a semi-rural area outside Pietermaritzburg, has initiated a project to clean and revive the natural network of water springs in the area in order to meet the community’s need for water.
Mervyn Abrahams from PACSA was invited to be part of a panel discussion at the Jozzie Book Fair in September 2016. The fair, hosted by Khanya College at Wits University, featured numerous book launches, workshops, exhibitions and discussion forums.
Economic data shows jobs crisis in a context of low wages creates cycle of deepening poverty, inequality and unemployment.
Talks to determine the level at which the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will be set have stalled in NEDLAC. The offer made by Business of R1 800 is just too low to make any substantial improvement to the lives of workers.
In order to deepen our knowledge and competence to mainstream legal strategies in our social change work, David Cote, Strategic Litigation Programme Coordinator at Lawyers for Human Rights, facilitated a two-day workshop for PACSA staff on the Right to Protest and the use of strategic litigation to open ‘closed spaces’ and advance a social change agenda.