Monday July 17th

SECTION27’s Executive Director Mark Heywood is speaking at St James Preparatory school in the evening. Mark will be speaking at the school as part of their Mandela week programme which coincides with Madiba’s birthday celebrations.

SECTION27 has launched our campaign against the gender-based violence epidemic in this country. Read our statement here and follow our series of op-eds in The Daily Maverick where we will be addressing the various systems that contribute to gender-based violence in South Africa. Write to us, speak to us, tell us what you think on our social media platforms! There have already been some heated conversations. #failedbysystems #stillfighting

Tuesday July 18th

SECTION27 is participating the Conference  for the Future of South Africa, hosted by Save South Africa and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. The aim of the conference is to develop a roadmap of coordinated action against state capture and the endemic corruption. The conference will be hosted at Rhema Bible Church in Randburg, from 9am- 5pm. Updates will be posted on the SaveSA Facebook page and website.

Wednesday July 19th

SECTION27 community mobiliser, Solanga Milambo is attending the Treatment Action Campaign’s provincial congresses (TAC) in Limpopo (19 – 20 July) and Mpumalanga (22 – 23 July) in his capacity as Chairperson of TAC Limpopo.

Friday July 21st

SECTION27 is in the Council for Medical Schemes arguing an appeal against a ruling dealing with prescribed minimum benefits, specifically a refusal by Genesis Medical Scheme to provide full cover for antiretroviral treatment. At the heart of the matter is whether Genesis may, without any prior arrangement with the Department of Health, demand that its members obtain ARVs from public health care facilities and refuse to cover the cost of ARVs when obtained from a private facility. Our client, ES, has been paying out of pocket for her treatment since 2011. The Registrar held that her treatment should be covered up to the amount she would have paid had she gone to a public health care facility. We will argue that Genesis is obliged to cover our client’s treatment in full, without any co-payment or deduction.

Mpumalanga community mobiliser Sifiso Nkala is attending the Treatment Action Campaign’s provincial congress in Mpumalanga from the 21st to the 23rd

He is also attending a community dialogue hosted by the TAC in Ermelo, Mpumalanga to discuss community concerns about the state of MN Mcindi and Mthonjeni clinics. The dialogue seeks to facilitate a safe space of engagement with healthcare users and the operational managers of clinics.

Looking further ahead:

Next week, from the 24th to the 26th, is the Public Interest Law Gathering (PILG). We will be hosting three panels at PILG, one on the role of civil society in politics, one on how court orders can ensure accountability, and the third on referrals and direct access to legal services. All are questions that we are faced with a lot in the work we do, and we look forward to discussing the issues with the panellists.

SECTION27 In the news:

Lost in the system a young girls right to education.

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-07-17-op-ed-lost-in-the-system-a-young-girls-right-to-education/

New HIV Policy for schools does not go far enough https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2017/07/12/new-hiv-policy-schools-not-go-far-enough/

The week that was:

Our outgoing Director of Litigation Adila Hassim, attended her last board meeting with the S27 board, before she leaves us to be at the Bar full time. This was just one, of many goodbyes this month.

Adila Hassim shares a light moment with members of the S27 board from left Nhlanhla Ndlovu, Judge Zak Yacoob , Adila Hassim, Mpumeleli Seme, Dr Brian Brink and Alice Brown and Mark Heywood in front.  (Judge Johann  Kriegler joined us on the phone from Cape Town).