Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action

At our last meeting we were joined by two members of the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA), Mandla and Sbu. PACSA as an organisation respects community autonomy by recognising communities capacity to make decisions and create change for themselves. PACSA is a politically neutral organisation that helps to lobby governing bodies to improve service delivery to those who are in need.

The meeting began with some discussion about the history of PACSA. PACSA was initiated through the efforts of Peter Kerchoff in 1979 as a faith-based Christian calling to serve. The organisation has since become more inclusive of other religions. PACSA helps to improve community livelihoods by suggesting alternatives to the economic system. PACSA also helps to monitor the democracy of South Africa by fighting for the proper implementation of our great constitution. PACSA is currently involved in a number of projects to mobilize change and improve service delivery. These include monitoring of food prices, ensuring that adequate sanitation in schools is prioritized, ensuring that electricity is fairly and properly distributed, and monitoring the link between nutrition, taxation and learner performance.

PACSA are advocates for change, especially change that ensures that those individuals who are in need are provided for fairly. The teachers of Sizabantwana thoroughly enjoyed this meeting as they are representatives of a community that is in need, and felt inspired and encouraged to continue to empower each other and the learners they work with. On behalf of the Sizabantwana Project, I would like to extend a warm thanks to PACSA for coming to share what you do with us. We would certainly appreciate the opportunity to connect again with you as agents for social action.


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