National Advocacy Programme
National Advocacy Programmes is advocacy work initiated by PACSA on social injustice issues cutting across the country. Our recent involvement in the increase of the National Minimum Wage. The Programme involves research work which paints a clearer picture into the nature and the extent of the problem. This data then informs submissions made for policy change.
Media Releases and Publications
At another level the national advocacy programme seeks to raise awareness to the public on key current social justice issues locally and provincially. This includes Xenophobic attacks, high bills for basic services, human trafficking, food prices, VAT increase, Gender Based Violence, etc. Media Releases are then made via local newspaper to evoke discussion and action against such injustices.
During the past two years we significantly increased our media exposure. Our media output measures over 200 media references across all media platforms (print, radio, television, social media) reaching a possible 20 million people. This media coverage strengthened our advocacy work and opened possibilities for engagement with various policy makers.
National Health Institute Research
This is research initiated to monitor health care systems in the pilot clinics for the proposed NHI. In other words this is a Health Justice project that seeks to bring to the forefront injustices in the health system which are being overlooked by the proposed NHI. Collected data is then analysed and prepared for the Department of Health
Democracy Strengthening Programme
In the current setting, citizens are not given adequate and genuine opportunities to influence or contribute to local government development plans. Where citizens are usually involved in such processes, it is to get their endorsement on development plan decisions. The lack of citizen participation does not enable council officials in correctly prioritising and including needs pertaining to citizens, and there is no conducive environment for citizens to hold their respective local governments accountable. As a result, citizens have been seen protesting against municipal actions for various reasons. The programme is in pursuit of government inclusivity, transparency and the spirit of accountability, all of which are democratic principles.
If the public (including civil society) can build their knowledge and understanding of democratic governance, human rights and policies, the public will engage in all public participation platforms to hold government accountable, follow up on government commitments, put an end to wasteful expenditure and corruption. Policies will be informed by realities and issues from the ground and therefore serve the needs of all people.