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A letter from Mark Heywood to Friends of SECTION27

Dear Friends,

Over the last seven years, SECTION27 has built a team that is skilled, committed and ready to take us to greater heights. You can see them on our website: http://section27.org.za/board-staff/. I have the utmost respect and love for the team and have belief in them. I am watching leaders grow and emerge in this space and I want to support them by building a legacy for S72.

You can help me.

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The Week Ahead

Our Friday Ahead 21 April

This Friday our Executive Director Mark Heywood sets off on the first leg of the grueling Joberg2C mountain bike race. It’s 900 km of off-road riding and Mark will be keeping us updated at every stage in draw attention to the important work we do here at SECTION27 and to help shine a light on the insurmountable hurdles many South Africans face in the attempts to access quality healthcare and basic education.

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Our Week Gone By 10 – 14 April 2017

“What I fear is that the liberators emerge as elitists… who drive around in Mercedes Benz’s and use the resources of this country to live in palaces and to gather riches”

– Chris Thembisile Hani

Hani was murdered on 10 April 1993 outside his home in Dawn Park. We remember his contribution to a Democratic South Africa and may we always strive for equality and freedom for all.

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Basic Education Handbook


Legal literacy is an essential tool of rights-based struggles. Legal literacy seeks to empower people and communities without any formal legal training to know and understand the law and its impact, so that they can engage and apply the law in a manner that improves the quality of their lives. This is the purpose of the Basic Education Rights Handbook. It aims to empower communities, school governing bodies, principals, teachers and learners to understand education law and policy, and to know when learners’ rights have been violated and what steps are required to protect those rights.

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Section27 2014-2015 review


This is our latest review of South Africa's health and basic education systems and the work we have been doing to improve access to these fundamental servivces

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Basic Education

One of SECTION27′s priority areas is the right to basic education guaranteed by Section 29...

Public Health Care

We are working for better quality and more affordable public and private health care systems...

Private Health Care

We are working for better quality and more affordable and private health care systems...

Rule of Law

We are working to ensure that the conduct of relevant organs of state and of those who exercise...