If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.- Martin Luther King Jr

 

The Proteas lost in spectacular fashion, the ANC top six have been having late night meetings with the President and the Springbok ruby coach got given the boot. This week promises to be another manic week in our beautiful, crazy country with a busy week ahead for SECTION27. Here are some of our highlights! 

Monday 5 February

Mpumalanga Researcher Sifiso Nkala will be attending the Gert Sibande AIDS council chairpersons’ forum meeting.  The meeting will take place in Standerton.

Journalist Nomatter Ndebele is giving a talk at the Ridge school in Johannesburg. The talk will focus on the importance of social justice, and the value of empathy in a changing world and in whatever career choices young people choose to pursue Nomatter is hoping to #BringBackEmpathy.

 

Tuesday 6 February

Limpopo Researcher Solanga Milambo will be visiting a Secondary School in Sekgosese which falls under the Mopani District. We have received reports that the principal of the school is withholding the matric certificate of a learner who passed her matric in 2016. The reason for this is that she only managed to pay R250 of the R700 donation fee to the school as her parents are not working. Attempts to reach the principal by telephone have been unsuccessful.

On Tuesday and Wednesday Sifiso Nkala will be facilitating workshops on the National Health Act, National Health Insurance, the National Strategic Plan on HIV and the South African Constitution. The workshops will take place in the Ehlanzeni District in Mpumalanga.

 

Thursday 8 February and Friday 9 February

In October 2017, SECTION27 launched a Corporate Challenge for corporate South Africa to invest in social justice by investing in SECTION27. The Corporate challenge has two aims: To improve SECTION27’s sustainability by increasing our local funding base; and to challenge corporate South Africa to be part of the solution to overcoming the inequalities and social injustices in our country. On Thursday, we will be hosting a cocktail evening for CEOs, which will include a performance by South African comedian Conrad Koch, also known as Chester Missing; and an auction of cartoons by well-known South African cartoonists.  We are thankful to our friends and generous supporters of this event, Massmart and Conrad Koch, without whom it would not have been possible.

The Life Esidimeni arbitration continues this week with legal arguments on 8 and 9 February 2018. This is set to be the final week after the completion of testimonies. SECTION27 represents 76 families that lost their loved ones in the Life Esidimeni Marathon Project.

Limpopo Researcher Solanga Milambo will be attending a Limpopo AIDS Council Civil Society Forum meeting in Polokwane. Amongst other issues the meeting will discuss the Civil Society report and Provincial Implementation Plans. There will also be an election of new leadership for the Implementation of the Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022. 

On Thursday Mpumalanga Researcher Sifiso Nkala will be co-chairing the Msukaligwa AIDS council meeting which is the first AIDS council meeting of 2018.

 

The Week that was

On Thursday 1 February, the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) ordered Genesis Medical Scheme to pay for a patient’s antiretroviral medication following an intervention led by SECTION27.  The ruling comes following an appeal filed on behalf of the client who was denied full reimbursement for payments made to a private provider for anti-retroviral medicines (ARVs). The case, which dates back to 2012, is an important step in confirming that Medical Schemes are liable for Prescribed Minimum Benefits as outlined Regulation 8 of the Medical Schemes Act.