Articles in Category: PACSA NEWS
As the El Nino weather pattern challenges southern Africa, what is the role of churches in helping people realize their right to food and livelihood?
South Africa has one of the highest inequalities ratios and this is reflected in the wages that most workers in South Africa take home. The median wage, in 2014 figures, was R3033 per month and then 50% of all workers earned less that the median. The question of a national minimum wage and the level at which such a minimum should be set is therefore one of the most contested policy discussion in South Africa today.
The cost of the PACSA food basket increased by 14.5% (R237) year-on-year, from R1 632.85 in March 2015 to R1 869.39 in March 2016. The impact of the drought on the food baskets of low-income households emerged strongly from November 2015: over the last five months food price inflation increased by 13.4% or R221 (see Figure 1).
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.
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.
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.
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