“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

Monday 15 July

Members of the SECTION27 team will attend a workshop titled “Misinformation, Disinformation and Propaganda: Promoting a Human Rights Approach” which aims to discuss the key trends and responses from governments and companies, in a manner that is in line with international human rights law and standards.

Field researchers Selby Mgadi and Patrick Mdletshe will be facilitating a sexual and reproductive health rights workshop with the Treatment Action Campaign in KwaZulu Natal’s eThekwini district. This session, be held at Kwamuhle Museum Centre, will be attended by TAC branch educators and partners.

Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 July,

Patrick Mdletshe and Selby Mgadi will attend the KwaZulu Natal Civil Society Indaba 2019 at which civil society will evaluate the current response to HIV/AIDS, TB and STIs and propose improvements to the programme of action. US Consul General Syke Sherry Zalika will address the meeting on 17 July 2019.

Wednesday 17 July

Legal assistant, Kholofelo Mphahlele will attend a colloquium at the South African Human Rights Commission on Evictions by the City of Johannesburg.

Thursday 18 July

The SECTION27 team will celebrate Nelson Mandela Day.

The week that was

Cabinet approved the National Health Insurance Bill 2018 for tabling in Parliament. SECTION27 has made submissions on the Bill at various stages of its iteration. Our joint submission with the Treatment Action Campaign is available here. We look forward to seeing and making comments on the latest version.

Head of health Sasha Stevenson and NSP Advocacy Officer, Vuyokazi Gonyela attended a meeting with Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize, Deputy Minister Joe Phaahla and Director General Precious Matsoso together with the Treatment Action Campaign.

In Spotlight

On May 28 Bandile Masuku was sworn in as Gauteng’s new head of health, inheriting a department described by Premier David Makhura as ‘on its knees.’ This despite receiving the biggest portion — R50-billion — of the provincial budget.

https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2019/07/09/people-face-to-face-with-dr-bandile-masuku/