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Search for new Executive Director of SECTION27

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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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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Week Ahead 25 – 28 September

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth. In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice.” – Bryan Stevenson. Members of SECTION27 took to the streets of Johannesburg as they participated in the annual FNB Run your city 10km race.

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It’s time to make safe school sanitation a national priority  

President Ramaphosa, we require a more precise definition of what “not fit for purpose” means. Do schools with collapsing brick and mortar cubicles qualify within this category?

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CENTRE FOR CHILD LAW & SECTION27 CONCERNED ABOUT THE PUBLIC DISCOURSE ON VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS

The Centre for Child law and SECTION27 are concerned by recent reports of incidents of teachers being assaulted by learners. We understand the concerns arising out of these revelations of violence against teachers.

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Blind and partially sighted children across South Africa finally have a chance at accessing braille textbooks.

Following six years of persistent and ongoing engagement between the Minister of Basic Education, SECTION27 and our clients; the South African National Council for the Blind, the National Braille Authority and School Governing Bodies of schools

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Week Ahead – 17 – 21 September 2018

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak. Audre Lorde, American writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist 1934-1992.

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Week Ahead 17 – 21 September

SECTION27 Communications Officer Zukiswa Pikoli will attend the inaugural Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo Memorial Lecture to the held at the Human Rights Commission Training Centre from 2pm.

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NHI Bill is just not the right medicine

We call on civil society and stakeholders in health to engage in a balanced and objective analysis of the Bills and the development of proposals that could assist the department in moving towards an equitable healthcare system for all in South Africa. Universal health coverage must not remain a mere vision any longer. We need a clear plan, now.

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#Justice4Michael Cape Town Exhibition

The #Justice4Michael Komape Exhibition will now be opening in Cape Town at the Castle of Good Hope. Come have a look and see the family’s extraordinary journey from 2014 to 2018. Opening night is Thursday 13 September

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Civil Society voice concern over Health Ombud’s treatment of whistle-blower

We are concerned that the findings against Dr Sukeri and the focus on those findings in the Ombud’s report and presentation thereof will significantly hinder other health care professionals from coming forward to speak out about their concerns…

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SECTION27, TAC launch new treatment access history

On the 26th of July at the International AIDS conference, hosted in the Netherlands, SECTION27 and the Treatment action campaign (TAC)  launched a new publication documenting the history of the access to medicines movement in South Africa.

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Our week ahead 3 – 8 September 2018

SECTION27 will co-host the Public Interest Law Gathering (PILG) an annual conference hosted by NGOs involved in the public interest law sector. These are SECTION27, Corruption Watch, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR)…

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Submission to UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights

SECTION27 collaborated with the Institute for Economic Justice and the Centre for Economic and Social Rights on a submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

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Week Ahead 27 – 31 August

Executive Director, Mark Heywood will interview Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi on eNCA’s Let’s Have It Out on the most burning issues facing the education system in South Africa including the government’s response

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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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