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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

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

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

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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.

Inxeba to be screened at PMB Festival

The nineth annual Maritzburg SOcial Justice Film and Arts Festival, hosted by PACSA in collaboration with the University OF KwaZulu Natal, Alan Paton Centre and Struggle archives, The Witness, Gay and Lesbian Network, KZN Language Institute, Speak through art, Groundwork and AFRA (Association for Rural Advancement) from 27th-29th September.  Read more here


PACSA (Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action) is an independent, faith-based NGO that has worked to achieve social and economic justice in the uMgungundlovu District in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, for over 30 years. It facilitates development processes with local community partner organisations at their request, and accompanies them over time as they seek to achieve community development as well as influence structural change.
PACSA seeks to recruit a Director, to be based in PIETERMARITZBURG.

Communicating: A new Youth Newsletter

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The Peer educators, a project that PACSA supports, have been struggling to find a tool to share information with their teachers and school friends on their return from workshops.

Introducing the new members of the PACSA team

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In January 2018 two new staff members joined the PACSA team. They are Mandla Gcwabasa, a process facilitator in the practice team, and Marcel Lee who took on the position as PA to the Director.