“I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I’m changing the things I cannot accept”

-Angela Davis

Monday 6 November

Executive Director Mark Heywood is away for all of this week in the USA, attending the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board meeting in Washington and meeting the Director and staff at the O’Neill Institute.

This week, Limpopo Field Researcher Solanga Milambo will be visiting schools and conduct workshop and do mobilisation on the Michael Komape case and Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure case, around Sekhukhune District, Capricon, Mopani and Vhembe. He will be working with the Communications Team and Basic Education for All (BEFA).

Mpumalanga Field Researcher Sfiso Nkala has a meeting with Msukaligwa Aids Council Coordinator, Ms Zonke Sibanyoni, in order to look at the final Civil Society report on fighting HIV, TB, STIs and health facility monitoring to prepare for the upcoming AIDS Council meeting.

The #Justice4Michael campaign continues in the build up to the upcoming litigation in the matter of Rosina Komape vs Minister of Basic Education. The matter involves the death of Michael Komape who fell into a pit toilet after it collapsed, and died a horrible death. The matter will be heard at the Polokwane High court, from November 13. For more information see here: http://section27.org.za/2017/11/do-you-know-michael/ and keep an eye on all our social media platforms.

Attorney Faranaaz Veriava will be co-presenting a paper with Professor Ann Skelton  from the Centre for Child Law at the South African Institution for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC ) Conference on a Rights Based Approach to Education in South Africa. Faranaaz will be on a panel that focuses on Giving Content to the Right to Basic Education.

Tuesday 7 November

Field Researcher Sfiso Nkala will be attending an AIDS Council meeting.  It is the first AIDS Council under the new executive Mayor and new municipal manager. They will be monitoring and discussing the progress and challenges facing the municipality’s fight against HIV, TB, STIs and our role in health care facility monitoring.

Advocacy Officer Vovo Gonyela, Grants Coordinator Elinor Kern and M&E co-ordinator Gill Lewin will travel to the AIDS Foundation of South Africa’s (AFSA) offices in Durban to meet a representative from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) regional office, Lusaka. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the programme: Using the Sustainable Development Goals as a catalyst to make Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Real in Eastern and Southern Africa. The meeting will be attended by AFSA, the Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27

SECTION27 will represent disabled people’s organisation, Siphilisa Isizwe, in a case to be heard at the Pietermaritzburg High Court where we will argue that failing to provide transport for learners with disabilities is discriminatory. Siphilisa Isizwe will join Equal Education’s bid to force the Departments of Basic Education and Transport in KwaZulu-Natal to provide transport for learners in 12 schools in the Nqutu area. Read more here: http://section27.org.za/2017/11/no-scholar-transport-plan-for-learners-with-disabilities/

 

Wednesday 8 November

The next sitting of the Life Esidimeni Arbitration process will begin on Wednesday. The hearings will open with family witnesses and then move on to our expert witnesses. As before, they will be taking place at the Emoyeni Conference Centre in Parktown and will be open to the public and the media. The process will be presided over by Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke. Follow the livestreams via the enca website and the SABC You Tube site.

 

Thursday 9 November

The Sex Rights Africa Network will hold a discussion on early and forced marriage rights and age disparate relationships at SECTION27. See invitation below:

Early and Forced Marriages

 

Friday 10 November

Communications Officer Ntsiki Mpulo will attend a workshop on Monitoring and Understanding the Implications of the Expanded U.S. Mexico City Policy: A strategy training for advocacy organisations and journalists to be held at Glen Hove Conference Centre, Johannesburg from 9:00 to 13:00.