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  • Grassroots organisations act in their own names and are accompanied in their own advocacy and development.
  • The work of livelihoods groups has improved food security as a result of their food production and micro enterprises.
  • Our work and our practice seek to enhance human dignity.

Racism in South Africa: The Conversations We Are *Not* Having

Racism in South Africa
 
While there is much to celebrate in terms of the progress made on eradicating institutional racism since 1994, the more difficult and complex issues have often been side-lined in favour of expediency and avoided to protect the interests of the powerful. The results of this are now clearly seen in our public discourse where there is a worrying increase in intolerance and growing polarization on racial issues.

Bread-Baking: control over our bread and a new income-generating stream for partners

The first four loaves baked by Mrs Mkhize
 
A bread-making training took place in Trust Feed on the 6th October and attended by 12 members of the Hlakaniphani Group. Community partner groups who form the Food Justice Collective have been toying with different ideas of how they can increase household income whilst also supporting one another in their daily struggles and work towards defining their own food and agriculture systems. One of the ideas they have taken on is that of bread baking.

What does it mean to shift power in society? PACSA’s Community Partner’s Reflect on this question

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The Community Partner Networking Forum [CPNF] was held on the 21st of August 2015. It was a moment of real excitement for PACSA as our community partners had expressed a need to capture the space last year, and they did it. It was one of the best CPNF’s we have ever had. The content of the discussions were extremely rich, rooted and provocative.

2015 PACSA Food Price Barometer Media Statement

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MEDIA RELEASE
To: All media
Date: 15 October 2015
Subject: 2015 PACSA Food Price Barometer, Annual Report
For: Immediate release
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Households take on debt to put food on the table

The 2015 PACSA Food Price Barometer finds that low-income households cannot make it through the month on their incomes. They struggled to secure the goods and services needed to live at a level of basic dignity. Households prioritised the payment of transport, education, electricity, burial insurance and the repayment of debt before food. Food is prioritised last because it is one of the few expenses households can control. Because food is last in the line of expenditure, the food budget was low and households underspent on food by 55.6%.  Read more here

The 2015 PACSA Film and Arts Festival

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The 6th edition of the PACSA Film and Arts Festival, a social justice awareness and mobilisation event, took place from the 24th to the 27th September at the Msunduzi Museum, Pietermaritzburg. This year’s theme, ‘Imagine we all belong here’, explored the concept of belonging and invited the festival participants to imagine a richer sense of belonging: relationships of solidarity, of rootedness, of being at home; belonging that nurtures human dignity, creating spaces to live fully and well, to think and act upon our world.

Poverty is violence: Conversation with the ATD Fourth World Movement

Diana Skelton and Martin Kalisa at the conversation
 
Diana Skelton and Martin Kalisa from the ATD (All together in Dignity) 4th World Movement visited PACSA on the 8th October and animated a conversation, hosted by PACSA, on the work of the ATD 4th World movement and their recently released book, Artisans of Peace Overcoming Poverty.

ESSET, DIAKONIA and PACSA in joint reflection on organisational practice

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PACSA, ESSET (Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation, based in Johannesburg) and the Diakonia Council of Churches, based in Durban, spent two days in joint reflection on our analysis of the context we work in and how our organisational practice allows us to contribute to social justice. The reflections took place at the Umdloti Holiday Resort and Conference Centre, on the north coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, and included intense reflections and debate but also time to connect as persons in a relaxed atmosphere.

About PACSA

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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