Articles in Category: PACSA NEWS

Farewell to our dear Colleague Sibusiso Johannes Khanyile

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  It is with great sadness and sense of loss that we announce the passing of our Colleague, Comrade, Friend Sibusiso Johannes Khanyile (Sibu as we know him)
He has been working for PACSA for the past 12 years. At the time of his passing he worked as a process Facilitator working with informal traders and Farm workers. He leaves behind his wife Fikile Khanyile, his two children Snow and Nhlalonhle and his grandson Lulonke.   May His soul rest in peace. The funeral will be held on Sunday, 30 September 2018. For further details please contact Duduzile Radebe on 061 8324 071

on Wednesday, 26 September 2018. Posted in PACSA NEWS

2018 Maritzburg Film and Arts Festival

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on Monday, 03 September 2018. Posted in PACSA NEWS

The VAT hike on food prices and calls for food price regulation.

On the 1st of April 2018, despite massive resistance, government went ahead and increased the VAT rate to 15%. We have argued in the past that increasing the VAT rate on food was unwise. This media statement using our April 2018 data looks at the month-on-month impact of the VAT hike for households living on low incomes. It is a snap shot as the effect of the VAT hike will take time to run through the value chains however already it signals some worrying trends. Foods subject to VAT make up 54% of the total cost of the PACSA Food Basket. The statement finds that the increase in VAT by 1% resulted in a 6.5% increase in the total VAT levied on the foods subject to VAT on the PACSA Food Basket, moving the total VAT payable to R221.59. The PACSA Food Basket has now reached its highest level of R3 144.02. It has increased by 9% over the past eight months. Hiking the VAT rate has made the affordability crisis deeper and will have a considerable negative impact on households living on low incomes, who are already in a very severe crisis. We call for food to be made a public good; to remove all VAT from food; to increase wages to those of a living wage and to regulate food prices.April 2018 PACSA monthly food price barometer

on Thursday, 19 April 2018. Posted in PACSA NEWS

PACSA – AGEH International Consultation on Re-thinking development practice as global solidarity

Mervyn Abrahams PACSA and Michael Steeb AGEH welcome participants to the consultation

 26 participants from 12 countries gathered for a 4 day consultation hosted by PACSA and AGEH, a German Association for Development Cooperation, in Paarl, outside Cape Town, to re-think development as liberation and to promote an alliance of international faith based and Church related organizations promoting exchange of volunteers as an expression of human solidarity.

Book launch: Faith and Migration

Faith and Migration

  PACSA’s Mervyn Abrahams was the guest speaker at the launch of the book Faith and Migration in Pietermaritzburg in December 2017. In the book, edited by Prof Philippe Denis, a Dominican brother and professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, 24 writers reflect on the spiritual and theological imperatives that should guide Christians and people of faith to recognise migrants as a sister or brother who collaborate towards improving their new home.

on Tuesday, 06 February 2018. Posted in PACSA NEWS

PACSA MONTHLY FOOD PRICE BAROMETER

The January 2018 PACSA Food Price Barometer shows the inadequacy of the value of the Child Support Grant to support households to provide a basic but nutritionally complete monthly diet for a boy/girl child between the ages of 10-13 years.

on Tuesday, 06 February 2018. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Release of the 2017 PACSA Food Price Barometer annual report

The PACSA Food Price Barometer is an indicator of food price inflation on the baskets of low-income households. It shows the impact of food price inflation for low-income urban households in Pietermaritzburg but is able to express a picture of what is happening in low-income homes across South Africa. Because of the way women living on low incomes allocate their expenditures: food prices cannot be analysed outside the economy; nor can the economy be analysed outside the foods in our trolleys and on our plates. The Barometer is a useful instrument to measure the state’s political choices and economic performance. It finds that households living on low incomes are coming under enormous pressure as the crisis in our economy deepens and many of the buffers and instruments to mitigate the impact of the crisis are not available. Read more

on Tuesday, 24 October 2017. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Let’s raise minimum wages to stave off revolutionLet’s raise minimum wages to stave off revolution

THE story is headlined ‘PACSA says you should pay your domestic worker R8,000 a month – minimum’, so it was bound to cause a stir – especially when the story mentioned that the median salary of whites was R10 000 a month. (Psst: median ain’t average – the average white salary is more like R25 000.) But actually, PACSA’s point was about minimum wages generally, and it’s a good one. Because the current minimum wages are damn low: the average minimum wage as currently set is R2 362. (The top minimum wage for domestic workers for 2017, in the cities, is R2 422.54; the lowest is R1 562.21.)
Read the full article written by Mandi Smallhorne and published in Fin24 at http://www.fin24.com/Opinion/lets-raise-minimum-wages-to-stave-off-revolution-20170807

Articles in Category: PACSA NEWS

Shifting the hegemonic narrative that “jobs are the solution” to our economic crisis

Statistics South Africa released its jobs statistics for the 2nd Quarter of 2017: 9.3 million South Africans are unemployed. Data from the past several years shows that the employment trajectory has not changed. The racial structure of our labour market and wage levels has not been transformed.  The expanded unemployment rate has stagnated.  The long period of excessively high levels of unemployment amongst our youth (15-24 years) appears to be solidifying and expanding into higher age cohorts (25-44 years) as people get older. We are not just failing to create jobs; we are actually shedding jobs in these, the most productive sectors of our labour force (persons aged between 25-44 years). Our economic crisis is deepening.  Read more here

on Tuesday, 22 August 2017. Posted in PACSA NEWS

PACSA’s 37th Annual General Meeting

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  On Saturday, 1st July 2017, we hosted our 37th Annual General Meeting, a milestone in the life of the organisation.  In her chairpersons report, Desiree Manicom, reflected on PACSA practice of process facilitation as an approach which seeks ” to build sustainable social processes ‘from below’ through enhancing the agency of the poor to both meet their material needs and to ensure that they have an impact on structures of power around them.

on Tuesday, 11 July 2017. Posted in PACSA NEWS

DIAKONIA IN THE TIME OF INEQUALITY

As people of faith, we are deeply concerned by the growing inequalities and the impacts on the lives of people everywhere.   Read the full article here

on Tuesday, 09 May 2017. Posted in PACSA NEWS

PACSA’s Submission: National Budget 2017

“The economy is about society deciding about how to share its resources so that all people have access to the goods and services they require to live at a level of dignity. All economic policy has to be aimed to serve this purpose.  Because we are trapped, even at a global level, within a particular economic paradigm the possibilities of making good universal decisions and showing solidarity amongst us are not explored. The effect is that we are unable to deal effectively with our socio-economic problems. We have to start thinking about our economy differently.”  Read more here

on Monday, 20 February 2017. Posted in PACSA NEWS

REMEMBERING THE MARIKANA MASSACRE

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  On 16 August 2012 thirty-four striking workers at the Lonmin platinum mine at Marikana, North West, were massacre by the police. Join us in remembering these workers and their struggle for justice by viewing Rehad Desai’s documentary film Miners Shot Down.
Date: Saturday, 19th August 2017
Time: 2 – 4pm
Venue: St Johns United Church, 344 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg
Admission Free – All Welcome – Invite others to join in.

on Tuesday, 15 August 2017. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Drop in April food prices – but not large enough or fast enough to offer households relief

Month-on-month the price of the PACSA Food Basket has come down by R14.37 (-0.7%) from R2 068.35 in March 2017 to R2 053.98 in April 2017. Whilst this is a good thing, the price drop is not large enough, nor is it happening fast enough for there to be any substantial relief in the pockets of the majority of South African households.  Read more here

on Friday, 12 May 2017. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Budget 2017 is not transformative

Budget 2017 does not respond to the real context and crisis on what is happening on the ground. We judge Budget 2017 from the perspective of low-income South African households – through the value and increases of the grants; and in relation to company income tax. Budget 2017 is not transformative. Read more here

on Thursday, 23 February 2017. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Roundtable Discussion: “Xenophobia” in Pietermaritzburg – engaging affected communities

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National Minimum Wage: a response

The statement from Deputy President Ramaphosa on the finalization of agreements on Labour Stability and a National Minimum Wage [NMW], as well as the radical economic transformation narrative put forward by President Zuma in the State of the Nation Address calls for a response.

on Monday, 13 February 2017. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Influencing Policy on Food in South Africa

A cartoon depicting the discussions at the Southern Africa Food Lab workshop in Johannesburg on 15 November 2016

  Since we released our 2016 PACSA Food Price Barometer on 13 October 2016 we have engaged with a number of different stakeholders who are in a position to influence policy on food and the food system in South Africa.   See the 2016 Report at http://www.pacsa.org.za/images/food_barometer/2016/2016_PACSA_Food_Price_Barometer_REDUCED.pdf).  

on Thursday, 08 December 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

A National Minimum Wage of R3 500 is too low and could trap millions of workers in continuing cycles of poverty

Table 1: PACSA Affordability Tables: Income and expenditure for households of various socio-economic scenarios: October 2016. See Household H for National Minimum Wage of R3 500.

Table 1

  After a number of years of debating in NEDLAC whether South Africa requires a legislated national minimum wage covering all workers and if so, at what level should it be set, a panel of experts advised that the level should be set at R3500.00.

on Thursday, 08 December 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Pacsa Monthly Food Price Barometer October 2016

The PACSA food basket increased by R51.26 (2.8%) m/m from R1 860.60 in September 2016 to R1 911.86 in October 2016. Y/y the PACSA food basket increased by R273.50 (16.7%) from R1 638.36 in October 2015 to R1 911.86 in October 2016. Read the full report here

on Tuesday, 15 November 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Does the outcome of the 2016 Local Government Elections indicate a major shift in South African politics?

Mervyn Abrahams PACSA Dr Lubna Nadvi Mike Pothier CPLO and Ralph Mathekga at the roundtable discussion

  The recent local government elections have been described as a ‘watershed election’ as the ANC lost control of some of the key metropolitan municipalities to opposition parties and a number of coalition governments at municipal governance level. In order to explore the meaning and significance of that election for our long-term political direction, PACSA, in collaboration with the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office, hosted a roundtable discussion on whether the outcomes of the elections indicate a re-alignment of political forces in South Africa?

on Thursday, 08 December 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Belgian Youth visit PACSA as part of an exchange visit to South Africa

Belgian and South African youth interact during the exchange visit

  On the 3rd November 2016 we hosted an exchange visit between local youth and a group of 13 Belgian youth from St Quirin in the city of Huy, Belgium. The Belgian youth are connected to Entraide et Fraternite a long standing partner of PACSA. The visit and conversation focused on sharing experiences between young people in South Africa and in Belgium.

on Thursday, 08 December 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

PACSA Monthly Food Price Barometer: November 2016: 13th cheque for pensioners?

Imagine if all old-age pensioners received a 13th cheque in December? Imagine the difference it would make? Pensions are used to teach, clothe and feed kids. Pension money is being used to escape more punitive debt arrangements and secure interest-free loans in stokvels. December and January are very hard months. A 13th cheque of R1 510 could be a strategic intervention to help families start the new year in a better space by contributing to school fees, clothes, shoes, stationery and omalume whilst also enabling the securing of friendlier debt arrangements.  What do you think? If you support the idea join the campaign #13thchequeforpensioners. See full statement here.

on Tuesday, 06 December 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Release of 2016 PACSA Food Price Barometer annual report

The 2016 PACSA Food Price Barometer finds that increasing food prices is deepening the affordability crisis in low-income homes. This year’s substantial food price hikes, annualised at 15%, driven by the drought, has put enormous pressure on the wage and social grant and the strategies employed by households to absorb inflation. Women have expressed that they are really struggling to put food on the table.  Read more here.

Food Price Barometer Media Release

MEDIA RELEASE
To: All media for immediate release.
Date: 13 October 2016
Subject: 2016 PACSA Food Price Barometer, Annual Report
Release to coincide with World Food Day on 16 October 2016
Increasing food prices deepens affordability crisis in low-income homes.  Read more here

on Wednesday, 12 October 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

PACSA monthly food price barometer

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 Tuesday, 06 September 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Reviving water springs – caring for our water resource

Inspecting the natural springs

  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.

on Tuesday, 06 September 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

PACSA at the Jozie Book Fair

Jozie book fair

  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.

on Tuesday, 06 September 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

2016 Maritzburg Film and Arts Festival: Launch of Photograph Exhibition

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on Tuesday, 11 October 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Electricity Action Group wins important court victory

Electricity Action Group members picket outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court before the hearing

  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.

on Tuesday, 06 September 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Solidarity with the people of Tolima to stop the ‘La Colosa’ mine

Jorge Rubiano Cielo Paez Ximena Gonzalez and Sylvia Pratten the Spanish translator at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg

  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.

on Tuesday, 06 September 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Food price inflation in the baskets of low-income households’ edge up to 20% year-on-year, with maize meal up 40%

Food price barometer aug 2016

 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.

PACSA Monthly food price barometer

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.      

on Wednesday, 27 July 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

PACSA’s 36th Annual General Meeting

Dr Desiree Manicom. PACSA Chair speaking at the AGM

  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.

on Tuesday, 26 July 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Deepening our Practise: Programme Staff attends a Facilitators Development course

Our Process Facilitators participated in a Facilitator Development Program (FDP) course facilitated by Davine Thaw of Footsteps International. The programme was facilitated over 2 modules, with each module lasting 3 days.

on Tuesday, 26 July 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

100% Against Teen Pregnancy Campaign

100 against teen campaign

  The Source of Hope Youth Foundation, a PACSA partner, in partnership with Rivlife International conducted a community campaign entitled, “100% Against Teen Pregnancy” on the 21st May 2016. The campaign walk attracted about 90 youth from the communities of Eastwood, Cinderella Park, Panorama and Thembalihle.

on Tuesday, 26 July 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

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.

on Wednesday, 27 July 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Workshop on Strategic Litigation and Right to Protest

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  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.

on Tuesday, 26 July 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Unlocking personal energy for social transformation

Participants at the Kwa Haza

  The KwaZulu-Natal Stress and Trauma Network, a PACSA community partner, conducted two trauma awareness workshops in Kwa-Haza and Howick West. These workshops create safe spaces to identify trauma, provide emotional support through sharing stories and assist participants in reducing the impact of stress and trauma on their physical, emotional and mental well- being.

on Tuesday, 26 July 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Church Leaders call public officials to exercise ethical leadership

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 The Midlands Christian Council, with support from PACSA, hosted a dialogue of church leaders to reflect on ethical leadership in the public space. This dialogue was prompted by the Constitutional Court ruling that President Zuma has failed to protect, defend and respect the constitution in the Nkandla matter.

South Africa’s economic structure: labour market and socio-eonomic variables

PACSA’s Monthly Food Price Barometer for May 2016
Talks to determine the level at which the National Minimum Wage 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.  

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on Wednesday, 29 June 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

PACSA STAFF: COMING AND GOING

After a number of years of staff stability we have now had some changes. At the end of May 2016 we say good-bye to Madalitso Mtine who had been with us for 8 years.  Mada will take a position of Programme Manager at ESSET in Johannesburg. We are very sad to bid farewell to Mada.

on Tuesday, 17 May 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Food Justice Collective: Learning to make Jam and Juice from fresh produce

Participants at the Jam and Juice making workshop

  What do we do with excess produce from our gardens? The Hlakaniphani Widows Group in Trustfeed invited their peers in the Food Justice Collective to join them for a workshop on making jam and fresh juice from excess produce from their gardens.

on Monday, 16 May 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

PACSA hosts a film festival at the happy earth festival

Young people who participated in the Film Festival

 PACSA hosted a film festival as part of the Happy Earth Festival which takes place annually at the Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens. Now in its 4th year, the Happy Earth Festival focuses on environmental education from eco-systems to experiential learning and the value and complexity of nature. It is an Environmental Education platform for teachers, students and the interested public. About 1,300 people attended the 2 days festival.

We, the people, need to bring integrity back

Mail and Guardian, 01 Apr 2016   If the constitutional model that “we, the people” chose in 1996 is to survive, drastic moves are required to restore credibility to key public institutions, starting with the appointment of people committed to the core constitutional values of accountability, transparency, openness and independence. In the gloom, there is one bright light – the resurrection of a vigilant civil society and a public that can no longer claim to be ignorant of the dangers of “state capture”.   Read the article published in the Mail and Guardian at http://mg.co.za/article/2016-03-31-we-the-people-need-to-bring-integrity-back

on Tuesday, 12 April 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Young people exploring alternatives in the world of work

Source of hope workshop

  35 young people from the Eastwood suburb in Pietermaritzburg were hosted by Source of Hope Youth Foundation, a PACSA community partner, at a workshop which focussed on youth employability, entrepreneurship and alternatives in the world of work. The objective of the workshop was get a conversation going amongst young people in the Eastwood community on the reality of youth unemployment which stands at over 65% of young people of working age and how young people can assist each other to create their own livelihood and work.

on Tuesday, 12 April 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Bidding farewell to Almut and Bernd Schulteiss

Almut and Bernd Schulteiss bid farewell after 8 years working in PACSA. They were seconded by AGEH-Germany and Misereor and were housed in PACSA. Almut focussed on managing diversity and multicultural education youth events at a national level and supported the emergence of an informal network of Youth Organisations in South Africa from 2011 onwards. This network has since been registered as and NPO under the name of the South African Youth Leaders Network (http://www.sayln.org.za)

on Tuesday, 12 April 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

The rainbow is dead – beware the fire, SA

Dr Richard Pithouse in Mail & Guardian
South Africa has been engulfed in a cacophony of contestation as anger bubbles to the surface of our unequal society.  Read the article here.

on Thursday, 10 March 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Action-Reflection-Learning: PACSA reflecting on our context and our practise in this context

Action reflection

  Reflecting on the changing nature of our context and who we are and how we act in this context is a regular feature of PACSA’s organisational learning rhythm. In early March we spend two days on such reflection and were joined on the first day by Ariane Gruszczynski and Anke Schünemann from Bread for the World, one of our partner organisations. Two case studies were presented as part of our action-reflection. One case dealt with PACSA’s practise in working with local government and the other case addressed the difficult question of how an NGO should act in spaces designed to surface the voices of community groups.

on Tuesday, 12 April 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Picketing: Action demanding political accountability

Picket Joan

  PACSA staff and members joined a group of concerned citizens who picketted on one of Pietermaritzburg’s main streets calling for greater political accountability on the part of President Zuma and the ANC in the light of the Constitutional Court ruling that the president and parliament had violated the constitution in the Nkandla saga.

on Tuesday, 12 April 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

February food price inflation has already eroded social grant increases of Budget 2016

On the 24th February Minister Gordhan announced that the state pension would be increased by R80 in April and a further R10 staggered till October, moving the total pension from R1 420 to R1 510. Child Support Grants would be increased by R20 in April, moving the total allocation granted from R330 to R350.   Comparing the increases in social grant allocations for 2016 to the inflation on a basket of food which low-income households try to buy every month, we see that the price of the PACSA food basket increased by 4.6% (R82.20) month-on-month from R1797.04 in January 2016 to R1.879.24 in February 2016. Our data shows that even before the social grant increases have come into effect; they have already been eroded by food price inflation.  Read the PACSA Food Price Barometer here.

on Thursday, 10 March 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Fortress Europe: In Conversation with Dutch activists on the current Migrant influx into Europe

Barbara Berger from Mense met een missie introduce the conversation

 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.

PACSA facilitates a conversation by Health Care Monitors

In conversation

  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).

on Wednesday, 09 March 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

Job Advert: Process Facilitators (2 Posts)

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

on Wednesday, 10 February 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

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

on Tuesday, 26 January 2016. Posted in PACSA NEWS

PACSA Monthly Food Price Barometer: NOVEMBER 2015

The price of the PACSA food basket increased by R9.74 (0.59%) month-on-month – from R1 638.36 in October 2015 to R1 648.10 in November 2015. The drivers of higher levels of inflation on the PACSA food basket were maize meal (+0.9%), rice (+3.5%), white bread (+3.9%), brown bread (+2.2%), cooking oil (+6.8%), frozen chicken pieces (2.7%) and tomatoes (+35.4%).  No media statement for November 2015 Monthly Food Price Barometer.