“If we accept that human rights may be running out of rocket fuel, our community needs to introspect on how to re-establish the efficacy and impact of human rights practice for the future.” Mark Heywood, forthcoming essay: South Africa’s journey from socialism to human rights – the true confessions of an errant socialist.

Monday 13 May 2019

Spotlight Editor, Marcus Low will be speaking to the Levi Strauss Foundation about the work of SECTION27 and Spotlight. He will give a brief history of HIV in South Africa with a specific focus on law and advocacy at the meeting which will be attended by representatives from Belgium, the Philippines and the United States.

14 – 15 May 2019

Health Attorney, Ektaa Deochand will be attending a Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights partner meeting hosted by IPAS, a global non-profit organisation that works to increase women’s ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights,. The meeting will focus on collaborative strategies to advance access to abortion services.

Wednesday 15 May 2019

Education attorney Sheniece Linderboom will be speaking at a NADEL event this Wednesday evening. The theme of the event is “Reflection on the past 25 years of constitutional democracy in Gauteng- poverty, racial inequalities and socio-economic disparities. She has been asked to present on the Michael Komape case, and the legal issues related to government and education. The event is being held at Webber Wentzel Attorneys at 17h30.

Budget Analyst Daniel MacLaren will be at an Operational Working Group meeting of the vulekamali.gov.za project in Pretoria on Wednesday representing S27 and IMALI YETHU.

Thursday 16 May 2019

Mark Heywood will deliver his farewell lecture as he steps down from his role as Executive Director of SECTION27. The event titled: The true confessions of an errant socialist will take place at GIBS Business School at 26 Melville Road Illovo 17:30 for18:00. Mark will be in conversation with Umunyana Rugege who replaces Mark as Executive Director about the past, present and future of civil society. Redi Tlhabi will facilitate the conversation. To RSVP please send an email to Bongi Mtshelu at mtshelu@section27.org.za

Health Attorney Nkululeko Conco and Head of Health Sasha Stevenson will be attending the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Technical Working Group meeting in Pretoria. The working group has diverse stakeholders which include healthcare workers, donor partners, department of health, implementing partners, civil society and researchers. At the meeting they will discuss what new developments there are with PrEP, how best to drastically reduce new infections as well as monitoring the rollout of PrEP.

Community Mobiliser Sifiso Nkala will be in Secunda at the Goven Mbeki Municipality to train the Ward AIDS Committees. The training will cover Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and Sexual Violence, emphasising the rights of the health care users.

Friday 17 May 2019

Researcher, Thuthukile Mbatha and regional fellow, Paul Wasswa will be conducting a sexual and reproductive health and rights workshop for the KwaZulu Natal higher education counsellors and health promoters in Durban. The workshop will take place on 17 May 2019 at the University of KwaZulu Natal – Nelson R. Mandela Medical School.

SECTION27 staff will attend a workshop with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) which will focus on skills like active listening, delivering “bad news” and basic counselling skills in order to assist them in dealing with difficult cases they encounter in the communities in which they work.

Listen to our latest podcast here.

https://anchor.fm/section27/episodes/Access-to-Basic-Education-e3uoph

 

In Spotlight

The TB in the air we breathe

Referring to the fight against TB, Wood argues that prevention is just as important as cure. He says that while treatment of TB patients in South Africa is effective, not nearly enough is being done to stop transmission of the disease

https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2019/05/10/the-tb-in-the-air-we-breathe/

#FootSoldiers: It’s a bloody affair, but we are all human.

Ten years ago, Judy made the decision to become an abortion (Termination of Pregnancy) nurse. A staunch Catholic woman, somehow she navigated a way through her religious beliefs and faced the stigma of being viewed as a person who allows people to take away lives instead of saving them.

https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2019/05/09/footsoldiers-its-a-bloody-affair-but-we-are-all-human/

#Vote4Health: No road to health in the Northern Cape

In November 2018 Spotlight travelled through the Northern Cape meeting with doctors, nurses, activists, politicians and community members. After months of follow-up and attempts to get comment from government, we have decided to publish the disturbing information we have. Below are some reflections on six towns we visited – also see our more in-depth feature on the Northern Cape here.

https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2019/05/07/vote4health-no-road-to-health-in-the-northern-cape/

#FootSoldiers: The Environment is everything

Everybody has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being.” Armed with the constitution and his knowledge of the environment, Thomas decided to get into communities and make them aware that their rights are being violated and that there were rules and laws that protect them from such violations.

https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2019/05/07/footsoldiers-the-environment-is-everything/