August 21st -25th

A very Happy Birthday to everybody’s favourite Uncle Kathy!
Your indelible mark and contribution to South Africa will forever be remembered. We are because you were, long live Ahmed Kathrada, long live.

Monday:
Community Mobiliser Solanga Milambo is attending a School Governing Body meeting at Mafumani Secondary school in Limpopo. Solanga is a member of the SGB at Mafumani secondary school. Empowering SGB’s and working via these bodies is a key strategy of SECTION27 and our partners as we work towards fixing our education system.

Tuesday:
Field researcher Patrick Mdletshe, is attending the The United States President’s Emergency Plan fo AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) meeting in Durban. As the provincial aids council Co-Chairperson, Patrick and PEPFAR leaders will meet to discuss the eThekwini metro’s strategy on how the metro can reach its targets on Male Medical Circumcision (MMC) and other priority programs that are funded by PEPFAR. The meeting will also be attended by the United States Global AIDS Coordinator, (OGAC) Dr Angeli Achrekar.

Wednesday:
Executive Director Mark Heywood is attending the launch of Business Leadership South Africa’s (BLSA) Contract with South Africa integrity launch. This historic event will see members of BLSA sign their ‘Contract with South Africa’ (Integrity Pledge), marking a renewed commitment to job creation, economic growth and TRANSFORMATION among the key pillars.

This week Wednesday to Friday, the Treatment Action Campaign’s (TAC) 6th National Congress takes place in Johannesburg. The Congress, which will be attended and supported by SECTION27, will focus what has to be done to fix the broken public healthcare system.
TAC’s National Congress is the movement’s highest decision-making body. During the Congress, voting delegates from all accredited branches will elect the next national leadership and make resolutions on TAC’s strategic focus moving forward. The leaders will hear and debate with Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on the state of the healthcare system, and the HIV and TB response. Important policy discussions will take place on the crisis in the public healthcare system, the state of the HIV and TB response, medicine accessibility, violence against women and the LGBTQIA+ community, corruption and much more.

SECTION 27 is co-hosting The History Workshop at Wits. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the Wits Historical Papers Research Archive, together with SECTION27 and the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI), will host a colloquium on apartheid era archives and public record keeping in a post-apartheid state. The full day Archives and Democracy Colloquium, themed: Is it time to free the apartheid era archives? Promoting open and transparent public record keeping for a democratic South Africa, is open to all media. The Colloquium will start with a keynote address by Ronnie Kasrils, former Minister for Intelligence, and Yasmin Sooka, Director of the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa. The colloquium will be hosted at Wits from 9am to 5pm.

Friday:
SECTION27 Researchers and Attorney Sheniece Linderboom is hosting a workshop with the Help2read literacy tutors. The workshop will aim to reinforce the relationship between literacy and democracy with a specific focus on the right to basic education and sexual violence.

SECTION27 bids farewell to senior Legal Researcher John Stephens. John has been a key part of our team since 2009. He has worked tirelessly to bring justice to the most vulnerable people in our country. Particularly so with people living with HIV/TB, Community Health Care workers, miners with silicosis and Life Esidimeni. We will miss John and we trust he will keep playing a part in making the world a better place, even more so in his home country!