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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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Week Ahread 10 – 14 December

SECTION27 wishes the Treatment Action campaign continued strength as they celebrate their 20th anniversary today. SECTION27 has been a sister organisation to TAC since its inception and we congratulate TAC for 20 years…

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Civil Society Organisations Call for national debate on UN Committee recommendations to South African Government on social and economic transformation

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s Constitution contains a wide range of socio-economic rights. In 2015, expanding and deepening South Africa’s commitment…

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Our Week Ahead 3 – 10 December 2018

Deputy Director, Umunyana Rugege is attending a roundtable with the President of the World Bank Group, Dr Jim Kim.  The group is small with only nine guests, for a focused discussion with social partners.

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Stop the Rush: Civil Society Organisations call for proper consideration of public comments on NHI Bill

We call on Cabinet to send the NHI Bill back to the Department of Health and to require a proper and thorough consultation process and consideration of options available for improvement of access to and quality of health care services in the country. The health of the nation is not a political game.

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Week Ahead 26 November – 1 December 2018

This year’s theme for World AIDS Day, which will be marking its 30th anniversary on 1 December, will be “Know your status”. https://knowyourstatus.unaids.org/#unvideo. Community Mobiliser, Sifiso Nkala will attend an AIDS council meeting in the Gert Sibande district, aimed at evaluating progress against the provincial implementation of the National Strategic Plan on HIV/ AIDS and TB 2017 – 2022.

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Week Ahead: 19 November 2018 – 23 November 2018

Today is World Toilet Day. SECTION27 will be launching a report on the state of school sanitation in Limpopo province today at Constitution Hill (Women’s Jail) at 5pm. The report comes on the back of stories of learners

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Week Ahead 12 – 16 November

Researcher Thuthukile Mbatha will be attending the International Conference on Family Planning in Kigali, Rwanda from 12 to 16 November 2018. She will also speaking at the SheDecides Open House on 14 November

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SECTION27 Board Appoints New Executive Director

The Board of SECTION27 is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Umunyana Rugege as the new Executive Director of SECTION27, effective 1 January 2019. Umunyana currently holds the position of Deputy Director.

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Week Ahead 5 – 9 November

Executive Director Mark Heywood will deliver the opening address at Amnesty International’s  Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) Summer Camp titled “Toward a New Constitutional Political Economy – Transition and Transformation”

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Budget Justice Coalition post-MTBPS Press Statement: No winners from Minister Mboweni’s #MTBPS2018 address

The country faces continued underfunding of social sectors, especially health, education and social development. Although a useful scapegoat in the face of Treasury’s dearth of new ideas, the public sector wage that is not the cause of our problems.

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Our week ahead – 29 October – 2 November 2018

“Leadership is not about a title or designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration” – Canadian writer and former litigation lawyer, Robin Sharma.

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WIPO conference an insult to people who died of AIDS

We urge the South African government, and all other governments, to place respect for human life and the right to healthcare services ahead of the WIPO agenda that prioritises the enforcement of IP held by multinational companies.

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The fundamental barriers to access to medicine remain

Eighteen years after the Durban conference, government efforts to increase medicine access – beyond HIV treatments – have been excruciatingly slow.  Though ARVs are now widely available, many more shocking cases of injustice in access to essential medicines remain.

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Civil Society Organidations lodge a complaint with the Electoral Commission of South Africa against the African Basic Movement

The complaint was lodged on Friday 19th October to the IEC. The IEC confirmed reciept of the complaint on Monday 22nd October stating that investigation into the registration of ABM is underway.

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Our Week Ahead 22 – 26 October 2018

Senior Communications Officer Ngqabutho Mpofu, Budget Analyst Daniel McLaren and Multimedia Specialist Rapelang Ntamu are in Cape Town for week long events geared towards helping civil society better understand…

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Exciting Opportunity – Vacancy

SECTION27 is seeking to enhance and expand its Friends campaign and to enter into a second phase of a Corporate Challenge campaign to recruit new corporate donors. It is seeking a suitably qualified applicant

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Week Ahead 15 – 19 October

Head of Education Faranaaz Veriava will be presenting on ‘Social Justice: The use of Litigation in Education’ at the Zenex Foundation in Cape Town. The Zenex Foundation is an independent trust established in 1995…

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Week Ahead 8 – 12 October

Today SECTION27 releases the second video of a learner giving an account of the deplorable sanitation conditions in Lamdzanvho Secondary School in the Sekhukhune district, Limpopo as part of our sanitation campaign.

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Civil society organisations test government’s commitment to human rights

South Africa risks continued failures to fulfil its human rights obligations to people if the government’s austerity policy is maintained, civil society organisations have warned at the United Nations Committee on Economic

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Civil Society Organisations call on SA government to end austerity measures

Johannesburg / New York, 10/01/2018— SECTION27, the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ), and the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) argue in a submission to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights…

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Our Week Ahead 1 – 5 October 2018

“Male privilege and entitlement are dying a very painful death; no one gives up power without a struggle.” Gloria Allred, American women’s rights attorney notable for taking high-profile ad often controversial cases, particularly those involving the…

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Mark Heywood responds to evidence before Zondo Commission

As Adv Currin said at the beginning of his evidence, we have an enormous debt to the two ordinary people who became whistle-blowers, had their whole lives turned upside down, who are still in exile because they cannot feel safe in our country from the mafia tentacles of the Zupta network.

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What is missing from the United Nations Political Declaration on Tuberculosis

“Collectively we have failed to respond effectively to TB, because it mainly affects poor people including criminalised and marginalised communities such as people who use drugs, prisoners and their communities

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