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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

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.

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

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.
 
 
 

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