OUR WEEK AHEAD

31 JULY – 4 AUGUST 2017

Another busy week at SECTION27!!

Monday, 31 July

Thuthukile Mbatha is meeting with Dr Saiqa Mullick who is leading the Wits Reproductive Health Institute’s efforts in supporting the Department of Health as it considers the roll-out of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis in South Africa. The meeting is to discuss the possibilities of PrEP roll-out in higher education institutions which forms part of Thuthukile’s HIV prevention project.

Tuesday, 1 August

SECTION27 welcomes Advocate Usha Jungroop as our new director of litigation. Usha joins us after seven years at the Johannesburg Bar. She comes with a wealth of legal experience and brings a unique combination of skills having been both a lawyer and journalist.

Tuesday and Wednesday, 1 – 2 August

The Fix the Patent Laws (FTPL) coalition will meet with a team from the Competition Commission to discuss the investigation initiated by the Commission on several cancer drug manufacturers, including Roche Pharmaceuticals.

In addition, the coalition will discuss the progress of the access to medicines campaign, the governance structure of the coalition and to provide further training on intellectual property and the patent system as it relates to access to medicines. SECTION27 is a founding member of the coalition and will be represented by Umunyana Rugege and Luvo Nelani.

Thursday, 3 August

SECTION27 Executive Director Mark Heywood will participate in Daily Maverick, The Gathering Media Edition which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Mark will participate in a panel with Jay Naidoo and Archbishop Emeritus Njongonkulu Ndungane on Media, Civil Society and Public Support moderated by Radio 702’s Xolani Gwala.

The event will also feature powerful speakers such as Pravin Gordhan, Mcebisi Jonas, Branko Brkic, Sam Sole, Phumzile van Damme, and a special panel on #GuptaLeaks. Other speakers include Save SA’s Sipho Pityana, the EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, journalist Redi Thlabi, Luke McKend from Google and businesswoman Wendy Appelbaum discussing fake news, state attempts at regulation, the global demise of business models and the impact of all of this on South African society.

You can find further details regarding tickets here

Mpumalanga field researcher Sifiso Nkala will lead preparations for a public meeting on health services accessibility at Thuthukani hall in Ermelo township (Msukaligwa municipality) in partnership with the Treatment Action Campaign.

The week that was

We bid farewell to our beloved founder and director of litigation Adila Hassim who joins the Johannesburg Bar full time. We wish her well on her new adventures. Below is a pic of Adila and Mark at her farewell on Friday.