Round-table conversation on shifting the socio-economic structures that entrench gender inequality and violence
PACSA hosted a roundtable discussion on the 26 November focusing on ‘Shifting the socio-economic structures that entrench gender inequality and violence.’ This roundtable which was attended by 26 people from a range of social partners formed part of our 16 Days campaign of Activism against Gender-based violence.
Mervyn Abrahams participated in a colloquium on Migration and Xenophobia in Basel, Switzerland, in early December 2015. This colloquium was jointly hosted by KEESA and the Centre for African Studies at Basel University. The colloquium explored migration and xenophobic responses in both South Africa and Switzerland.
Maize meal, potatoes and beef prices all up in October 2015. Over the past month the cost of the PACSA Food Basket increased by R21.39 or 1.3%, bringing the total cost of the basket to R1 638.36 for October 2015. The cost of the PACSA Minimum Nutritional Basket - a basic but nutritious basket of food for a family of five (3 adults and 2 children) rose by R79.41 or 3% from R2 633.93 to R2 713.34 per month.
We launched our 2015 Food Price Barometer to the media on the 15th October to coincide with World Food Day. The Barometer highlights that households take on debt merely to put food on the table. The overall food price inflation on the PACSA food basket from November 2014 to September 2015 was 4.3%. A closer inspection of the inflation in the basket shows that the highest levels of inflation is on the core staples foods and the lower quality proteins. These are foods that households have to procure to access a level of energy and nutrition.
PACSA partnered with the Kwasuka Sukela campaign on a World Aids Day commemoration on the 1st December 2015. Speaking at the commemoration, Dudu Radebe, the PACSA Practice Development Manager said, “huge strides are being made nationally to mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS, mostly through the provision of anti-retroviral treatment. However much needs to be done to shift gender-based inequality and violence which continues to drive the spread of the pandemic. KwaZulu-Natal remains the epicentre of HIV prevalence, which stands at an estimated 37.4 (per Health Systems Trust statistics in 2014).
In keeping with our organisational rhythm we had a three-day strategic review to ascertain where we find ourselves at the end of 2015 in terms of the social change objectives set out in our 2015-2017 Strategic Framework and where to build on in 2016. The major outcome of our review was that the strategic direction as encapsulated in our strategic goal and objectives remain valid and must continue into 2016.
The Food Justice Collective, a consortium of 6 groups working on livelihood creation and alternative solidarity economies, accompanied by a PACSA staff member attended a World Food Day Celebration hosted by the the Impisethunjini project and Biowatch in Pongola, Northern KwaZulu-Natal.
uMphithi Men’s Network and Mpendle Men’s Forum visited the Zuma and Ngubo families at Mpendle to grieve with thewm the loss of their sons. Xolani Zuma was gunned down at night as he crossed from one house to another within the family homestead. The reason for his murder remains unknown and no arrests were made. Mbongeni Ngubo, the secretary of the same forum, passed away after a long illness. Both Xolani and Mbongeni were active in the uMphithi Men’s Network and mobilising young men to join the forum.