“Liberty without learning is always in peril, and learning without liberty is always in vain.” – John F. Kennedy


19 February

Senior Communications Officer Ntsiki Mpulo will travel to Evander in Mpumalanga where she will interview Dr Eddie Mhlanga who will deliver a workshop on Termination of Pregnancy and conscientious objection.

19 – 20 February

Mpumalanga Field Researcher Sifiso Nkala will be attending a meeting in Ermelo coordinated by the Aids Foundation of South Africa aimed at inducting new recepients of funding.

19 – 23 February

Limpopo Field Researcher Solanga Milambo will be visiting schools in the Mopani, Vhembe, Sekhukhune, Waterberg and Capricorn districts in Limpopo that are facing infrastructure and sanitation challenges.

20 February

Senior Communications Officer Ntsiki Mpulo will be attending the launch at the Inaugural Human Rights Festival to be held at Constitution Hill which will taking place in Human Rights Month from 23-25th March

Researcher Partrick Mdletshe will be attending the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), National Department of Health and President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Country Operational Plan 18 (COP18) Consultation, meeting in Pretoria. The purpose will be to review the COP18 program for the 2018 regional planning meeting.

20 – 23 February

Attorney Ektaa Deochand will be attending a training for lawyers on HIV and TB Justice: strategic litigation, legal defence and advocacy. The training is hosted by Southern Africa Litigation Centre, HIV Justice Worldwide, UNAIDS, AIDS & Rights Alliance for Southern Africa and Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network.

21 February

Sifiso Nkala will be attending a Civil Society chairpersons meeting at Pixley kaSeme municipality. The aim of the meeting to discuss how best to continue monitoring and supporting health facilities.

22 February

Sifiso Nkala will be attending a Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) staff meeting coordinated by the TAC Mpumalanga provincial chairperson.

23 February

Executive Director Mark Heywood will be giving an HIV Ethics masterclass titled “The Life Esidimeni Tragedy. Is South African medicine protecting the vulnerable?”

Researcher Patrick Mdletshe will be attending a community dialogue and activist meeting with AIDS activist and board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Stephen Lewis who will be discussing the state of TB in South Africa.

Patrick Mdletshe will be attending the peoples COP18 meeting, to be hosted by PEPFAR Ambassador Deborah Birx. The meeting is aimed at presenting civil society’s perspective on how PEPFAR funds should be better invested in South Africa for maximum impact

Sifiso Nkala will attend a meeting with Ermelo TAC branch and the Department of Health (DoH) regarding concerns raised about MN Cindi clinic. The DoH is due to provide a formal response on the concerns raised.
Other news

The budget speech will be taking place on Wednesday 21 February where phase one of an online budget portal called Imali Yethu will be announced. SECTION27 Budget Analyst Daniel McClaren has had a key role in developing this portal and it is envisaged that it will make “budget information more accessible, user-friendly and empowering.” for ordinary South Africans.

SECTION27 statement on the State of Our Nation