PACSA eNewsletter: No.08 2015

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Dear Friends

Greetings from PACSA
The month of August is dedicated to celebrate the contribution of women to the South African society. During the past month we drew attention the socio-economic burden that women carry in our Food Price Barometer. Rather than merely celebrating women and condemning physical violence against women can we also lif the socio-economic burden that women carry in our society. Read more on this in the PACSA Food Price Barometer.
The PACSA office is abuzz while we prepare for the 2015 PACSA FILM AND ARTS FESTIVAL. This year’s festival showcase a stimulating and highly topical range of art forms – all of which celebrate the aspirations and imaginings of ordinary South Africans, and remind us of the power of art to challenge the status quo. We hope that readers in the Pietermaritzburg and Durban areas will join us for some of the festival events. Those living afar can join us in spirit.
We hope you find this newsletter of interest and please feel free to engage us on any aspect you feel necessary.
Mervyn Abrahams
PACSA Director

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2015 PACSA Film & Arts Festival

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The 2015 edition of the PACSA Film and Arts Festival takes place from Thursday, 24th September to Saturday, 27th September 2015 at the Msunduzi Museum (the old Voortrekker Museum), at 351 John Langibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg. The annual PACSA Film and Arts Festival is once again set to showcase a stimulating and highly topical range of art forms – all of which celebrate the aspirations and imaginings of ordinary South Africans, and remind us of the power of art to challenge the status quo.

The Peer Educators Network making a film ‘Rain brings life’

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The Peers Educators Network is in the process of making a film which addresses the question of gender roles and power relations and its impact of HIV and AIDS in poor communities. The Peers educators are working with an experienced film writer, Nomsa Dladla, and it is anticipated that the film will completed by December this year. The plan for this film is that it will be screened on SABC 1 and E-TV on Education programmes to reach as wide an audience as possible. The film will also be viewed by local schools in the District.

ESSET, DIAKONIA and PACSA in joint reflection on organisational practice

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PACSA, ESSET (Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation, based in Johannesburg) and the Diakonia Council of Churches, based in Durban, spent two days in joint reflection on our analysis of the context we work in and how our organisational practice allows us to contribute to social justice. The reflections took place at the Umdloti Holiday Resort and Conference Centre, on the north coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, and included intense reflections and debate but also time to connect as persons in a relaxed atmosphere.

What does it mean to shift power in society? PACSA’s Community Partner’s Reflect on this question

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The Community Partner Networking Forum [CPNF] was held on the 21st of August 2015. It was a moment of real excitement for PACSA as our community partners had expressed a need to capture the space last year, and they did it. It was one of the best CPNF’s we have ever had. The content of the discussions were extremely rich, rooted and provocative.
PACSA enewsletter foodpricebarometer

PACSA Monthly Food Price Barometer July 2015

This Women’s Month instead of ‘celebrating’ women; can we remove the economic burden off their shoulders?

As Women’s Month draws to a close, PACSA’s July Food Price Barometer picks up on a type of violence oft unspoken: the structural economic violence of poverty and injustice borne by women every day. Following the broom into the workplace, women’s work is undervalued.
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SA economy: Should you get your panic in early?

The tanking rand, the shrinking GDP numbers, low demand for commodities. It's all a bit much, really

It's the economy, stupid, and it's bust

In the coming weeks the effects of the dramatically weakened rand will ripple through the economy, fuelling inflation and price hikes and hitting the poor hardest. Yesterday, the rand had recovered after a mauling on Monday and was at just over R13 to the dollar.

Higher prices concern as rand drops to record low

The rand’s slump to a record low against the dollar on Monday after a 15% depreciation this year may force ¬interest rates higher and lead to food price increases.
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