30 May – 5 June 2016

“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.”
― Bob Marley

This week, we take a step back to reflect on what this past week brought for the #Appeal4Vuwani efforts and fundraising to restore learning and teaching in Vuwani, Limpopo.

An appeal was launched to restore learning and teaching in Vuwani, Limpopo. The National Education Collaboration Trust, with SECTION27 and Basic Education for All, the Helen Suzman Foundation and the Kagiso Trust launched the appeal. The goal is to help get schooling in Vuwani back on track. Since the protest started, learners have lost 10% of their schooling time in the first half of the year and there is damage amounting to approximately R500-million. For more information on how to donate, click here.

Just before the weekend started, the appeal had raised R1, 624 211. In the past thee days, we reached and exceeded the R1, 7-million mark. To read more about the appeal and to donate, go to the official website:appeal4vuwani.wordpress.com.

On Sunday 29 May, our executive director Mark Heywood completed the Comrades Marathon in 11 hours and 15 minutes. With Grathel Motau, Qondisa Ngwenya and other activists they ran with the aim of raising a million rand to help rebuild schools that were torched and vandalised during the recent Vuwani protests. Mark has written an intensely personal piece in the Daily Maverick.

Friday 3 June: The Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition (ECHCAC) is hosting a community dialogue with the Foundation for Human Rights on 20 years of the Constitution, in Lusikisiki. Last month, the Coalition held a successful dialogue at Holy Cross Hospital in Flagstaff, where management accounted to the community about the hospital’s poor performance, ranging from food to water shortages.

Next Monday 6 June, we will be launching our annual SECTION27 Review for 2014/15. As we reflect on our work during 2014 and 2015, we acknowledge that we have made significant inroads in the quest to help South Africans realise their rights to access basic education and quality healthcare, but we recognise that there is still more work to be done.

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