This week, we pay respect to South African Music Icon Mduduzi “Mandoza” Tshabalala who passed away yesterday after battling cancer. Mandoza’s music united South Africans, and allowed us all to be proud of our country. We were reminded that: “Indoda’ingawa namhlanje, Kusasa iphindi’vuke”. (A man may fall today, but he will rise again tomorrow) We have lost a legend, but we were so fortunate to have lived in his time. Hambe Kahle Nkalakatha!

Monday 19 September:

Catch Community mobiliser Fikile Boyce on Mdantsane FM at 9am, on the “Ezempilo” show. Fikile will be encouraging listeners to share their experiences around access Emergency Medical services in the Eastern Cape. This is part of the ongoing EMS campaign with ECHCAC.

NSP Review advocacy officer Vuyokazi Gonyela is attending the annual conference of the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA). The theme for this conference in East London is achieving the sustainable development goals: Transforming public health education and practice

Former grantees of the Atlantic Philanthropies Population Health Programme in South Africa will attend a pre-conference session on “Lessons in Advocacy and Action for Sustainable Social Change and Health Equity” at PHASA 2016 on 19th September, 2016 at 2pm in the East London International Convention Centre.

SECTION27 Researcher Thuthukile Mbatha and SLLSJ Fellow Ntombi-Zodwa Maphosa are heading to Port Shepstone in Durban to conduct a workshop for Community Health Care Workers (CHW’s) on the newly implemented Ward Based Primary Health Care Outreach Team (WBPHCOT) policy. The workshop will be attended too by CHW’s from various areas of Durban.

SECTION27 Journalist Nomatter Ndebele is joining the Treatment Action Campaign in the Free State to do research on the current health crises in various Health Facilities in the province. Last week the TAC and S27 received reports that nurses had gone on strike, leaving hundreds of patients without medical attention. The TAC has called on President Jacob Zuma to intervene.

Tuesday 20 September:

Members of the education team of SECTION27 are meeting the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education in Polokwane to discuss education in Limpopo province. The meeting is primarily in response to the Vuwani crisis, but also to discuss textbook delivery, infrastructure provisioning and the conditions in special schools for learners with visual impairments. The team will be meeting together with members of the Executive Committee of Basic Education for All, (BEFA) our partner organization and client in the Textbooks cases.

Fikile Boyce is attending the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro District Aids Council meeting.

Thursday 22 September:

SECTION27’s Executive Director Mark Heywood is attending the 7th OR Tambo debate, entitled “The economy, inclusive growth, and Jobs”. The debate panel includes, Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan, and will be moderated by the Managing director of the Banking association of South Africa Cas Coovadia.

Friday 23 September:

ECHCAC’S EMS campaign continues. Fikile Boyce is headed to Elliotdale to engage the community about their experiences of EMS. Later, ECHCAC will conduct a hospital visit at Madwaleni Hospital to speak to health care workers.