“So if they wanna call you crazy…fine. Show them what crazy can do.” – Tennis champion Serena Williams. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whpJ19RJ4JY


Monday 4 March – Thursday 7 March

Communications Officer Nomatter Ndebele and a photojournalist will be travelling from the Western Cape to Gauteng this week stopping off in the North West and Northern Cape to interview the “foot soliders” at the coal face of their health system.  The series will be published in Spotlight in April.

Health Attorney Ektaa Deochand will be in Kigali, Rwanda attending the Africa Health Agenda International Conference. The conference aims to foster new ideas and home-grown solutions to the continent’s health challenges, with a focus on universal health coverage. The conference will map a pathway from commitment to action on UHC and will be attended by policymakers, civil society, technical experts, scientists and youth leaders.


Monday 4 March – Friday 8 March

Mpumalanga Community Mobiliser Sifiso Nkala will be facilitating a Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and sexual violence workshop in Gert Sibande disctrict in the Mkhondo local municipality for members of ward AIDS councils.


Tuesday 5 March

Thoko Mtsolongo will be conducting an NHI workshop in Mooiplaas, Eastern Cape with community members and ward committee members from the various surrounding villages.


Tuesday 5 March – Friday 8 March

Limpopo Field Researcher Solanga Milambo will be monitoring schools in the Capricorn and Waterberg district as well as meeting with School Governing Bodies and principals.


Wednesday 6 March

Executive Director, Umunyana Rugege and Head of Communications Nontsikelelo Mpulo will be attending the Investment for Inclusion Forum at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. The team will join some of South Africa’s foremost thought-leaders on responsible investment for a frank and courageous conversation on investment, inequality and corporate citizenship. They will be seeking answers to questions like: what needs to change if we want SA’s investment industry to generate more extensive social benefits?

Health Attorney Nkululeko Conco will be a guest on Health Talk, a show on SABC News channel 404. The discussion will focus on medical aid fraud following the Council for Medical Schemes’ inaugural Fraud, Waste and Abuse Summit which was held on 28 February and 1 March 2019.

Thursday 7 March – Friday 8 March

Paralegal Thembi Mahlathi, Legal Researcher Vuyisile Malinga, Education Intern Motheo Brodie and Education Attorney Sheniece Linderboom will be attending the Capacity Building Training for Health Forensic Nurses/Doctors, South African Police Service, National Prosecuting Authority and Civil Society Organisation on Gender Based Violence (GBV). The workshop is convened by the Foundation for Human Rights and the key themes revolve around inter alia legislation, securing a GBV crime scene and collection of relevant forensic evidence leading to prosecution. Presentations will be made by both legal experts and pathologists. Part of the programme will also include introducing a Civil Society Organisations model to combat GBV rooted within communities and schools.


Friday 8 March

SECTION27 will be hosting a delegation from North Carolina Central University School of Law made up of law students, lecturers and practitioners. The delegation also includes one of America’s top police misconduct attorneys who has represented many clients where police officers have killed unarmed African Americans and one of the first African Americans who advanced to the rank of a General in the United States Army. The aim of the visit is to draw parallels on the developments in South Africa and in the US in the social justice sector.

 

Week that was

Thoko Mtsolongo joined the Rural Health Advocacy Project in Nyandeni in the OR Tambo District to consult traditional leaders on their views about what constitutes a functional healthcare system and to provide information about the proposed NHI Bill. Thoko will be conducting these workshops throughout the province. To find out where the next workshop will take place contact Thoko on 066 488 3099.

Spotlight co-editor Marcus Low wrote an excellent analysis on how cutting edge medicine made it to South Africa’s new antiretroviral tender. Read it here