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Learning from our practice in the ACT Ubumbano Learning Hubs

Food relief, community connections and solidarity against COVID-19

Brief excerpt of Michael Malinga from PACSA talking about how they could not run and hide from Covid-19.

The first of the our Learning Hubs took place on 23rd of June 2020. CREATE-CBR and PACSA led a food distribution drive that involved them connecting with households affected by the COVID lockdown in Pietermaritzburg. The Learning Hub explored how these connections helped deepen their relationships of solidarity with community members, and ensured that dignity was safeguarded during this relief effort.

To watch full video click here.
To download the Learning Note #1, a report on the Learning Hub, click here.

Learning Hub #4 is scheduled for the week of 10th August 2020 (date and topic to be announced). You can apply to participate here. Organisations and activists are invited to contact us to profile and share as a learning resource for upcoming back.

Solidarity  with women informal traders 

Women in the informal economy have been sharing their experiences of coping with COVID, dealing with food security in their communities, and generating solidarity among informal traders through WhatsApp conversations. These platforms have been facilitated by The Fruit Basket, SANERELA and Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation (ESSET) – with support from ACT Ubumbano - and have involved women from Lehae in Lenasia, and the CBD of Johannesburg.

To find out more information, contact Nandi on 0820956718 or email

Dialogues in faith: Exploring human sexuality and gender diversity 

Inherent humanity and respect for dignity of all beings was the red thread throughout the first sessions of a dialogue by faith leaders on Human Sexuality and Gender Diversity. The first virtual conversation focused on values, characteristics of community, importance of storytelling and who are the other bodies that enter our worship spaces. Facilitated by Inclusive and Affirming Ministries (IAM), this marked the first phase of the ‘People, Process, Content, Context’ process of discussion. The second part will be a deep exploration of Content and Context, with conversations scheduled for early August.

These dialogues are the product of our collaboration with IAM and the Heinrich Boll Foundation. For more information contact

Amplifying voice with the inaugural ACT Ubumbano Activist Training Course

On 16 July 2020, ACT Ubumbano launched its first Training Course for activists in Southern Africa. We believe that learning is best done by doing, and so virtual platforms are combined with practical application of new insights and skills gained by activists.  The training involves activists identifying key issues affecting their community, learning how to investigate and analyse the root causes of the problem, and then how to write this up to inform transformative action. The issues covered are as diverse as the geography these activists are from. You can read more about these here

The course will run until 16 September 2020, and hopefully will strengthen the voice and agency of those who struggle for their dignity.


Ubumbano Voice

These are stories from activists and organisers working in communities.

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Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA) is a social justice organization that is appalled and deeply concerned by the increase of Gender-Based Violence Read more

The Impact of COVID-19 on the poor

No one planned or was ready for such a distraction caused by covid 19, these have also changed the minds of many people Read more


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