“To deny people their human rights, is to challenge their very humanity”- Nelson Mandela

Monday 5th

Executive Director Mark Heywood is attending the “New Narratives on Economic Governance group” meeting to be hosted at the Gordon Institute of Business science (GIBS). The meeting will be a platform where various sector leaders in the country will come together to discuss the year 2017, and its fast evolving political landscape.

 Field Researcher Sifiso Nkala is attending A World Aids Day celebration hosted by the Department of Health in the sub- district of Msukaligwa in Mpumalanga. Sifiso will speak about the lack of quality healthcare services that face many health care seekers within the district, despite it being selected as a National Health Insurance (NHI) Pilot district.

Tuesday 6th

SECTION27 Researcher Luvo Nelani will facilitate an Intellectual Property capacity building training with the Treatment Action Campaign in East London. Luvo will provide IP policy updates and discuss the challenges the patent system poses for access to medicines in South Africa. In particular, she will discuss the progress of the Fix the Patent Laws campaign in advocating for IP policy reform.

Thursday 8th

Our offices will be closed for the SECTION27 annual end of year retreat.  At this year’s retreat we will reflect on the year that was and discuss key strategies going forward into the year 2017.

Friday 9th

In view of 16 days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children, and to highlight the plight of women and children in the Diepsloot community, the Know Your Constitution Campaign, along with SECTION27 and Sonke Gender Justice will be hosting a community dialogue at the Bophelong Sports and Recreational Centre. The dialogue hopes to create a platform for the community of Diepsloot to engage with various government departments, chapter 9 institutional and civil society. The dialogue will address issues around the lack of access to services in Diepsloot as well as other factors that are contributing to the high levels of violence in the area.

The week that was.

Last week, our education team heard from a parent who approached us after his child was denied access to a no fee school in Limpopo. The school had demanded that parents pay certain fees to allow their kids to be admitted into the school. Working with SECTION27 researcher Tebogo Sephakgamela, Basic Education For All (BEFA) intervened in the matter and the child has now been granted access to the school. In his letter our client said “The victory is for entire community of Lebowakgomo and other residents in particular our most important section of our community -Children. You had affirmed once more that Children have the right to free basic education”