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  • Our work and our practice seek to enhance human dignity.

Food prices up 9% over last 3 months

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 NERSA Submission January 2016

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

World AIDS Day: Remembering those who died

Lighting candles to remember those who died from AIDS
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).

PACSA’s 2015 Annual Strategic Review

PACSA Staff and Council reviewing our work
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.

December food prices up 4% month-on-month

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

Conference on Migration and Xenophobia

Conference Basel panel
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.

PACSA Monthly Food Price Barometer: OCTOBER 2015

2015 PACSA Food price Barometer 2
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.


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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