Monday 3 July

Mpumalanga field researcher, Sifiso Nkala will be engaging various partners and stakeholders of health in the Msukaligwa district, in order to make plans for an upcoming civil society workshop that will be held in in the district.

The SECTION27 education team is travelling to the Umkhanyakude District in northern KwaZulu-Natal to conduct follow up research on conditions for learners with disabilities in the area.  This follows the publishing of our research report, Too Many Children Left Behind in August 2016 which showed that many learners with disabilities have no access to schools at all. We learned that there is only one school in the entire district where learners with disabilities are accommodated for high school.

Wednesday 5 July 

Executive Director Mark Heywood will attend the launch of Corruption Watch’s campaign Bua Mzanzi.  The campaign seeks to get ordinary citizens involved in the Appointment of SAPS National Commissioner and Head of Hawks. The launch will be held at Constitutional Hill from 9am.

Mark Heywood will host the launch for his book, ‘Get up, Stand up’ ,this follows two previous launches of his book, one of which was held in Cape Town and the other in Johannesburg. The book takes us through Heywood’s memoirs of being a part of the fight for social justice. The launch will take place at Sitara North Indian Restaurant, Post Office Centre, Rudd Road, Illovo. From 6:30pm.

Thursday 6 July 

SECTION27, will join SAVE SA at a planning pre conference to be hosted at the Gordon Institute of Business School (GIBBS).The conference will focus on preparations for the National crises conference on State capture, which will be held on the 18th of July, convened by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and Save South Africa.

Saturday 8 July

Legal researcher Ntombi Maphosa is attending The Global Coalition of TB Activists (GCTA) Africa Regional Networking Meeting in Accra, Ghana from 8 – 10 July. This will be a capacity building workshop on TB attended by 12 organisations from Africa. This will also be an opportunity for organisations in the coalition to coordinate in each area to make interventions with each Minister or other policy maker at the country level, to prepare them for the Moscow Declaration meeting taking place in Moscow in November this year. Planning for the UN High Level Meeting on TB taking place in New York City.

Mark Heywwod will attend 6th International Nelson Mandela Day Community Leadership Awards evening. Hosted by 92.2fm, East wave radio. Mark will give the keynote address at the awards evening. His address will seek to motivate communities to actively participate in actions which will lead to a better and more inclusive society for all our citizens. The awards will be held at the Baitun Noor Centre, in Lenasia.

The week that was:

Over the past weekend, Basic Education for All (BEFA) held its electoral conference in Tzaneen Limpopo. BEFA activists from across the province came together to talk about the issues facing the Limpopo education system, as well as make strategic plans about how BEFA can overcome these challenges to bring about much needed change.  The conference was also attended to by MEC of Education Ishmael Kgetjepe and Department of Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga. Conference delegates also elected a new executive leadership for BEFA. The Independent electoral commission (IEC) facilitated the elections, and declared them as free and fair. We congratulate, Mr Samuel Makwarela, Mr Charles Malebana, Mr Tebogo Sephakgamela, Mrs Gladys Thenga, and  Miss Mogkadi Monymaorotao, who were elected onto the executive committee. We wish them all the best as they endeavor to grow the movement and change the face of education in Limpopo.

The newly elected BEFA Executive committee (From L to R): Mr Tebogo Sephakgamela (Treasurer), Mrs Gladys Thenga (Deputy Secretary), Mr Charles Malebana (Secretary), Miss Mokgadi Monyaratho, and Mr Samuel Makwarela (Chairperson).