Our Week Ahead 09 – 13 September 2019

Let’s work together. Let’s heal together. And if you all are ready to do that work along with me, I can only leave you with these two words, me too.

Founder of the #MeToo Movement Tarana Burke

Monday 9 September

Members of the SECTION27 team will attend a training session on dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace, provided by Cheadle Thompson and Haysom attorneys. This session aims to equip those responsible for receiving complaints with the skills to deal with the complaints adequately.

 

Tuesday 10 September

Zwelithini Matsoso, Selby Mgadi, and Patrick Mdletshe will be conducting a session with the KwaZulu-Natal provincial sex workers sector on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR).  This session aims to create an enabling environment for sex workers to talk about their challenges and experiences and to ensure they are aware their rights as outlined in the National Health Act.

Wednesday 11 September

Members of the education team will meet with the Limpopo Education Portfolio Committee to discuss the state of sanitation in the province. The team will present findings in our sanitation report, Towards safe and decent sanitation in Limpopo.

Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 September

Selby Mgadi, Zwelithini Matsoso and Patrick Mdletshe, will be conducting a SRHR session with KwaZulu-Natal provincial civil society sectors and reviewing the contribution of civil society in the fight to end HIV/AIDS, TB and STIs in the province. The session will take place at the Caribe Conference Centre in Pietermaritzburg.

Thursday 12 – Friday 13 September

Various teams will be in Limpopo and the Free State to facilitate sexual violence workshops in schools.

Friday 13 September

SECTION27 will support the #SandtonShutDown Women’s March against Gender-Based Violence. Those who wish to participate can gather at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange from 3am on Friday morning till 3pm on Friday afternoon.

Saturday 14 September

SECTION27 will join the People’s Coalition against Xenophobia in a march to show solidarity with people affected by the wave of violence sweeping the province. People will gather at Pieter Roos Park on Empire Road in Parktown from 10am on Saturday morning. The march will culminate at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown.

The Week that Was

Thembi Mahlathi, Sipho Komane and Boitumelo Masipa displayed SECTION27’s work at the Rethinking Economics for Africa festival, which took place at Wits University. More than 500 people from across the country attended the event, which hosted discussions on economics and human rights, decolonising economics, feminist economics, the ecological crisis amongst other topics.

In Spotlight

Spotlight on NHI: Trust deficit overshadows industry meeting

Discussions on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill may be shifting from the “why” to the “how” but as much as the specifics remain worryingly vague, even more elusive is the belief that the government has the ability to match its ambitious rhetoric with effective governance and delivery of NHI.https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2019/09/04/spotlight-on-nhi-trust-deficit-overshadows-industry-meeting/

Spotlight on NHI: Will inadequate governance arrangements be NHI’s Achilles heel?

Just like Eskom, Prasa and the SABC, the NHI Fund will be a public entity as defined by the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA); it will however not be a state-owned entity. According to the Bill, the   Fund will be an autonomous public entity listed under schedule 3A of the PFMA. Schedule 3A contains public entities that have the mandate to fulfil a specific economic or social government responsibility; it includes entities such as the Road Accident Fund and Legal Aid South Africa.

https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2019/09/05/spotlight-on-nhi-will-inadequate-governance-arrangements-be-nhis-achilles-heel/

Limpopo Treasury to investigate new aeromedical tender

Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba has confirmed that an aeromedical service, which was recently awarded a lucrative three-year tender in the province, is yet to become airborne, adding that she has requested provincial treasury to conduct an investigation.

https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2019/09/03/limpopo-treasury-to-investigate-new-aeromedical-tender/

Face to face with North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha

“Mr Fix It” is how North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha hopes to become known, but there is a long way to go before he can claim the moniker and he knows it.

https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2019/09/02/face-to-face-with-north-west-health-mec-madoda-sambatha/