Senior Legal Researcher Thabang Pooe was offered a place to do pupillage at the Johannesburg Bar in 2019. We wish Thabang our heartfelt congratulations on her journey towards becoming an advocate.

Monday 29 October

Spotlight Editor Anso Thom and SECTION27 communications officer Nomatter Ndebele go to the Northern Cape in search of reasons for the demise of health system in the province. They will visit De Aar, Sutherland, Kakamaas and all the way to the border of Namibia.

Tuesday 30 October

Deputy Director Umunyana Rugege will speak on a panel at the Philanthropy Unusual Symposium in Johannesburg, convened by the Independent Philanthropy Association of South Africa.

30 – 31 October

National Strategic Plan Advocacy Officer Vuyokazi Gonyela, Field Researchers Patrick Mdletshe and Solanga Milambo will attend a civil society sector meeting of the South African National AIDS Council, which will focus on planning for World AIDS Day celebrations on 1 December 2018.

Wednesday 31 October

Members of the Education team will be back in Limpopo High Court led by Adv. Chris McConnachie and Adv. Nikki Stein to argue the outstanding issue of the declaratory order which we seek against the Limpopo Department of Education for its failure to meet its constitutional obligations in the provision of infrastructure at Makangwane Secondary School. Please contact Zukiswa Pikoli on 071 195 3177 or pikoli@section27.org.za

1 – 2 November

SECTION27 staff will join nearly 800 delegates at the Gender Summit to address Gender Based Violence in our country. This summit has been organised in response to one of the demands of the #TotalShutDown march, which took place on 1 August 2018.  Read the full set of demands here.

Friday 2 November

Health attorney Ektaa Deochand will be attending a Gauteng Provincial Government Dialogue on Commercial Sex Work. The purpose of the dialogue is to report back on the provincial action plan that was developed following the 2017 dialogue.

The week that was:

Last week SECTION27 began the second phase of our Corporate Challenge.  This coincided with the South Africa Investment Conference, which highlighted the need for investment. Mark Heywood highlights the importance of investment in the social and rights infrastructure of our country, and in this video message, he makes a case for corporate South Africa to invest in social justice by supporting organisations like SECTION27: https://youtu.be/3emiSr4sP0Q.

We are urging corporates to join progressive companies like AngloGold Ashanti, Yellowwoods, Cliff Dekker Hofmeyer, Discovery, MTN and Telkom and others, which have already invested in our work, to help us restore dignity, hope and justice to our people.

Budget Analyst, Daniel McLaren and Senior Communications Officer, Ngqabutho Mpofu spent the week in Cape Town ahead of the Medium Terms Budget Policy Statement by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni. Read Daniel’s opinion piece published in the City Press