Monday 9 October

Monday sees the commencement of the arbitration proceedings for the Life Esidimeni tragedy led by retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and designed to provide information, redress and closure to the affected mental health care users and their families. SECTION27 is representing 53 families. It starts at 9am at Emoyeni Conference Centre and is open to the public and the media. It will run for three weeks. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Attorney Faranaaz Veriava will be attending a Section 11 Committee meeting on Learning and Teaching Support Material (LTSM) at the South African Human Rights Commission.

Mpumalanga Field Researcher Sfiso Nkala will be in Balfour Thusong centre. He will be training the AIDS Council Civil Society sectors in order to strengthen sector representation in the AIDS councils. This training will be followed by preparing a civil society work-plan. The workshop is in collaboration with funder/partner Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and will be at Dipaliseng which is the sub municipality of Gert Sibande district.

Tuesday 10 October

Researcher and AVAC fellow, Thuthukile Mbatha, will be attending the launch of two HIV prevention projects hosted by AIDS Vaccines Advocacy Coalition (AVAC) and Population Services International (PSI). The workshop will take place in Pretoria. The projects will be looking at HIV prevention for adolescent girls and young women and HIV testing and treatment for young men. Together the projects aim to address the intergenerational HIV transmission cycle in a holistic manner, putting the people who need HIV-related services and products at the center.

Wednesday 11 October

Attorney Bhavna Ramji will be participating in the National Conference on the Rights of Children with Disabilities, convened by the South African Human Rights Commission.  The conference will be attended by a variety of civil society and government representatives.  Bhavna will also participate on the education panel at the conference on 11 October, where she will discuss the neglect and abuse of learners with disabilities in the education sector. The conference will end on Thursday 12 October.

Paralegal Ntombi Maphosa will be giving a talk on the rights of people living with HIV in the workplace at Tutuka, a software company. The presentation will cover various topics such as how to deal with HIV discrimination and HIV disclosure.

Thursday 12 October

Nick Binedell chats to Executive Director Mark Heywood, Redi Thlabi (former Radio 702 presenter and author of Khwezi) and Lord Peter Hain, leader of the Anti-Apartheid Movement and the Anti-Nazi League in Britain about protecting our constitution. This event will take place at GIBS from 17:45. Click here for more information and to RSVP.