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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

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?

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.

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

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.

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.