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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.
See the 2015 Annual Report at http://www.pacsa.org.za/publications/annual-reports and the video that highlights aspects of our work in 2015 at http://www.pacsa.org.za/pacsa-media/short-videos?videoid=qBg1t1bAAjk
 
Dr Desiree Manicom, chairperson of the PACSA Council, said that “the political, social and economic environment in 2015 – xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, student protests through their “fees must fall” campaign, misuse of state funds, etc. – presented many challenges for the majority of people in South Africa, making the struggle for social justice an increasingly urgent priority for organizations seeking to address these challenges.
 
The challenges facing marginalized groups in South Africa have intensified in the last few years. This places increasing importance on the role of the CSO sector to promote development and deepen democracy. The PACSA AGM in 2016 marks 37 years of PACSA’s existence and its commitment to the values of justice, equity, human dignity, and shared consciousness. This commitment continues to have relevance and guide its work alongside marginalized groups in South Africa. I would like to acknowledge all those who make this commitment possible: the Staff, Management and Council, and donor partners."
 
The Jazz band that provided music during and after the AGM
 
Moeti Lesuthu PACSA Council member lights the PACSA candle at the start of the AGM
 
Rev Thulani commissions the staff and Council members to act in PACSAs name
 
Commissioning of Staff and Council
 
Participants at the AGM in front of the exhibit of PACSAs media work in 2015