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Mark Heywood, Executive Director of SECTION27, intends to step down from this leadership position in early 2018. Co-founded by Mark and Adila Hassim seven years ago, the public interest law centre, SECTION27 is now at the forefront of the fight for social justice, human rights and equality under law.

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Launch of the SAFE initiative: Proof will be in the pudding

The DBE’s approach to issues of school sanitation and infrastructure more broadly have been far more obstructive than the SAFE Initiative might suggest. The difficulties of unsafe school sanitation are not new. Together with community-based organisation Basic Education for All (BEFA), SECTION27 has consistently raised the challenges with the DBE as far back as 2012. In this time we have seen no real urgency or political will to mitigate this emergency. And we have seen the urgency of the situation intensify.

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Week Ahead 13 – 17 August

BREAKING NEWS: On Friday 10 August, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has applied for leave to appeal the judgement pertaining to the Regulations Relating to Minimum Norms and Standards for Public School Infrastructure

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Week Ahead 7 – 10 August

Members of the SECTION27 team will attend a march organised by the Treatment Action Campaign to demand the removal of former health MECs Qedani Mahlangu and Brian Hlongwa from the ANC’s provincial leadership.

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SECTION27 stands in solidarity with #TotalShutdown

SECTION27 stands in solidarity with the #TotalShutdownthat aims to highlight and eradicate the alarmingly high incidence of Gender Based Violence in South Africa. We will be participating in the various planned acts of solidarity

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Week Ahead 30 July – 3 August

On Monday, Nolwazi Mkhwanazi and Victoria Hume visited our offices to speak to SECTION27 staff about the Well Sexuality project (https://wellsexuality.com/), work in which young people from Johannesburg spoke to their peers

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MEDIA STATEMENT: Pregnancy policy ignores learners’ right to basic education

The proposed Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy in Schools (Draft policy) fails to frame itself with the right of learners (including pregnant learners) to access basic education, and the state’s duty to protect

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Makangwane school: A fight for effective relief to historic injustice

If you read anything today read this article by SECTION27 Education intern Vuyisile Malinga on the fight for school infrastructure at the now former tree school of Makangwane Secondary #EndTreeSchools

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Week Ahead 23 – 27 July

“I want to live in a world where people become famous because of their work for peace and justice and care. I want the famous to be inspiring; their lives an example of what every human being has it in them to do act from love!”- Patch Adams.

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Media Statement: Department of Basic Education argument dismissed in Norms and Standards case

Johannesburg, 19 July 2018 – SECTION27 welcomes the judgment of Acting Judge Msizi in the case of Equal Education v Minister of Basic Education delivered in the Bhisho High Court this morning.

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Challenging the literacy crisis by Christy Chitengu

Education intern Christy Chitengu reflects on her attendance of the Literacy in our Lifetime event recently hosted in Soweto and attended by Education experts such as Nic Spaull, Xolisa Guzula and Bram Fleisch

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Week Ahead 9 July – 13 July

SECTION27 Legal researcher, Tendai Mafuma will be attending the Abortion & Reproductive Justice: The Unfinished Revolution III conference at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

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Week Ahead 2 July – 6 July

Head of Health Sasha Stevenson will be on Real Talk on SABC 3 at 6pm for the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans. Read her profile here: http://ysa.mg.co.za/2018/sasha-stevenson-34/

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SECTION27 Annual Review 2016 – 2017

The years 2016 and 2017 were seminal years for SECTION27. They were sad, trauma-filled years, but they were also years that placed us on a path of seeking justice. They were the years of Michael Komape and Life Esidimeni…

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Judge finds in favour of Makangwane (Tree School) SGB

Today SECTION27 secured a huge victory for Makangwane Secondary School in the rural village of Non-Parella, Limpopo. In an urgent application brought by SECTION27 on behalf of the Makangwane SGB

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Tree School case goes to court

The application seeks to ensure that the learners of Makangwane School are taught in safe and adequate school facilities before 17 July 2018, which is when the third school term begins.

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Week Ahead 25 June – 29 June

SECTION27’s Deputy Director, Umunyana Rugege, is at the Budget Justice Coalition retreat in Franschhoek until Wednesday, 27 June. Civil society organisations intend to develop a collective strategy to guide the use of budget

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Ongoing delays in the Health Market Inquiry impacts right to health

The findings and recommendations of the HMI are critical to the public debate on the National Health Insurance and the Medical Schemes Bills, and thus it is critical that these findings are made public as a matter of urgency. 

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Budget Justice Coalition Submission: Mitigating the impact of the increase in the VAT rate on poor and low-income households

We fully support the establishment of this Expert Panel to consider appropriate mechanisms to ameliorate the impact of the VAT increase on poor and low-income households.

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Week Ahead 18 – 22 June 2018

In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees.

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Week Ahead 11 – 15 June

Congratulations Mark for completing your 19th Comrades Marathon. And well done for raising R36 000 for the Hillcrest HIV Centre with generous donations from President Cyril Ramaphosa Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Director General

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SECTION27 condemns protests that violate the rights of vulnerable people

We call on national trade union leaders, from COSATU, SAFTU, FEDUSA and NACTU as well as religious leaders to step in to help resolve this ongoing crisis and assist in urgently restoring healthcare services in the province.
Lives are being lost. This is an emergency.

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