Seven Dutch activists, connected to the Hague-based foundation “Mensen Met Een Missie”, visited us at PACSA earlier this year. As part of their visit we hosted a conversation, attended by 28 people, on the ‘European refugee crisis.’ Professor Georg Frerks, professor of Conflict Studies at Utrecht University, who gave the introductory remarks, noted that the hundreds of thousands of refugees entering Europe are only a fraction of the number of people displaced by war and conflict in the world. After the Second World War, Europe had to deal with much larger numbers of displaced people and it is in fact possible to provide refuge to all those seeking it in Europe.
Minister Gordhan’s budget seeks to build stronger foundations for our future society and economy. Human capital is core to building a stronger foundation. At the most basic level, greater public investment is needed so that households can access sufficient and nutritious food.
The Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA) seeks to employ 2 (two) Process Facilitators on a contract basis. Their tasks will primarily be to establish connections with and support self-organised community organisations, groups and networks, working on issues of socio-economic struggles and social justice. These issues include livelihoods creation and agriculture, gender and HIV, youth unemployment and socio-economic justice, amongst others. See attached job advertisement
The price of the PACSA food basket increased by R66.08 (4.01%) month-on-month – from R1 648.10 in November 2015 to R1 714.18 in December 2015. The 4.01% month-on-month increase is considerable. The year-on-year price increase on the PACSA food basket from December 2014 to December 2015 is 8.24%. Read more here
On the 19th February 2016 PACSA, supported by Oxfam Australia, facilitated a monitoring exchange conversation between four different organisations actively involved in monitoring public health clinics. The organisations included: The AIDS Legal Network (Cape Town), Project Empower (Durban), The National Health Insurance Research Team (Pietermaritzburg), and Hilton Valley Health and Development Organisation (Howick).
Budget 2016: A strong society and economy is built on its people: social grant allocations inadequate.
Minister Gordhan budget seeks to build stronger foundations for our future society and economy. Human capital is core to building a stronger foundation. At the most basic level, greater public investment is needed so that households can access sufficient and nutritious food. The increase of R90 on an old-age pension and R20 on a child support grant will not allow that. The implications of not ensuring the core foundational aspect of society is met by ensuring the household base is strong and able to absorb increasingly unpredictable and massive price fluctuations undermines our social and economic outcomes.
The price of the PACSA food basket increased by 9% (R148.94) over the last three months from R1 648.10 in November 2015 to R1 797.04 in January 2016. The month-on-month increases for Nov 2015-Dec 2015 was 4.01% and for Dec 2015-Jan 2016 was 4.8%. The year-on-year increase for Jan 2015-Jan 2016 was 14.6% (R228.79). A 14.6% year-on-year increase, coupled with the latest data of a 9% increase in prices on the food baskets of low-income households over the past three months suggests that food prices may increase beyond 15% in 2016. Read more here
PACSA calls on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to turn down Eskom’s application for an additional 8.6% electricity tariff increase increasing the total tariff increase requested for 2016/17 to 16.6%. Read more here