Open letter on SECTION27’s priorities in 2013
7 February 2013
Dear friends and partners of SECTION27
2013 already feels old and the holidays long gone. January has passed and our staff have had time to meet, take stock and plan. We would therefore take this opportunity to brief you on our priorities for 2013 and the results we seek to achieve.
The priorities we set out below are far from the sum of our work. They are just the areas that we have prioritised and in which we seek to achieve demonstrable social change.
SECTION27 starts 2013 with two new Board members. We are extremely pleased to welcome Justice Zak Yacoob, until last week a judge of the Constitutional Court, and Alice Brown, the former resident co-ordinator of the Ford Foundation, onto our Board of Directors. We also now have an able team of researchers and lawyers who, on a daily basis, provide legal advice to people who seek our assistance on education and health rights; assist to build and strengthen Local AIDS Councils; research aspects of the health system and food security policy; and talk to the media. We collaborate closely with valuable partners such as the Treatment Action Campaign, Médecines Sans Frontières, the Rural Health Advocacy Project, the National Association of School Governing Bodies and COSATU. We are managing numerous individual matters to do with health and education but also provide on-going legal advice to senior officials in government.
This open letter sets out our agenda for 2013 and how we will approach the social and legal issues that fall under our mandate. We are making it available to you, our friends, so that you can follow, support and assist us.