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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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Our Week Ahead 16 – 20 October

Life Esidimeni Arbitration continues and Issue 3 of Spotlight will go live this week. The focus is on the latest National Strategic Plan and also includes profiles on two Health MECs, the new CEO of the SA National AIDS Council as well as the important work being done by the Treatment Action Campaign in seven provinces.

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SECTION27 Challenges CEOs to invest R500 000 in Social Justice!

SECTION27 is Challenging all CEOs to invest R500 000 towards a Social Justice Legacy! Inequality and Poverty is expensive for people, country and business, join the fight TODAY!

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Media statement: SECTION27 comment on Life Esidimeni Arbitration Dispute Resolution process

Johannesburg, 11 October 2017 – The Life Esidimeni Arbitration Dispute Resolution process started on Monday 9 October and is expected to continue until Friday 27 October 2017. It is designed to provide information, redress and closure to the affected mental health care users and their families.

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STATEMENT BY THE LIFE ESIDIMENI FAMILY COMMITTEE

Today (Monday 9 October) marks the beginning of yet another painful chapter for the relatives of what have collectively been called “The Life Esidimeni 94+”. It will be the start of a difficult, probing arbitration process led by retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, into the death of more than 94 mental health patients who were supposed to be in the care of the Gauteng Provincial Government.

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Our Week Ahead 9 – 13 October

Monday sees the commencement of the arbitration proceedings for the Life Esidimeni tragedy led by retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and designed to provide information, redress and closure to the affected mental health care users and their families. SECTION27 is representing 53 families.

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Justice for the Life Esidimeni 94+

It is almost two years to the day since the termination of the contract with Life Esidimeni was announced, setting in motion a tragedy which led to the deaths of more than 100 mental health care users. Monday sees the commencement of an arbitration led by retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and designed to provide information, redress and closure to the affected mental health care users and their families.

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Regulations on Notifiable Medical Conditions are woefully overdue

The need for an effective and operational regulatory framework to monitor and control notifiable conditions is urgent to effectively respond to the risk posed by communicable conditions to public health.

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Our Week Ahead 01- 06 October 2017

Executive Director Mark Heywood will speak at this year’s Joburg Mining Indaba. Mark will speak in the session titled How do we get to the future?

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Week Ahead 26 September – 29 September

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the Impossible”. – Francis of Assisi
Bhavna Ramji will be speaking at a two-day colloquium on a decent standard of living, hosted by the Studies in Poverty

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Pencil Power: Cartoons and social justice

How can editorial cartoons better connect the dots between the social determinants of injustice and not just the individuals who profit from it?

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Sasha Stevens speaks on “The role of civil society in mental health”

Annual U21 Health Sciences Meeting at the University of Johannesburg, 21 September 2017 “The role of civil society in mental health” South African civil society has a long and distinguished history in advocating for, working towards and supporting the realization of the right of access to health care services.

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The Week Ahead 19 September – 22 September

“If you have the capacity to tremble with indignation every time that an injustice is committed in the world, then we are comrades” – Che Guevara. Mpumalanga community mobiliser Sifiso Nkala is partnering with the Friedrich Ebert Stifung (FES)

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Sexual violence and corporal punishment in schools

In the past few days, we have read reports of sexual violence and corporal punishment against learners in school, mainly in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. SECTION27 condemns all acts of violence against learners.

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Faranaaz Veriava discusses the Basic Education Handbook on Radio Today!

SECTION27 Senior Researcher and Legal Counsel Faranaaz Veriava recently sat down with Patrick Bracher on his Radio Today show to discuss the Basic Education Rights Handbook. You can listen to the discussion here

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Week Ahead 11 September – 15 September

This week, Eastern Cape Community Mobiliser Fikile Boyce is attending various meetings as an Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition (ECHCAC) representative. ECHCAC seeks to draw together various health stakeholders within the province

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VUWANI PROTEST: A THREAT TO LEARNERS’ RIGHT TO BASIC EDUCATION

Giyani, 4 September 2017 – Basic Education for All (BEFA) notes with concern the ongoing threat to the right to basic education of Vuwani learners as a result of the recurring protest action over demarcation issues. These protests have once again forced the shutdown of schools in and around the area.

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Week Ahead 4 September – 8 September

“The revolution and women’s liberation go together. We do not talk of women’s emancipation as an act of charity or out of a surge of human compassion. It is a basic necessity for the revolution to triumph. Women hold up the other half of the sky.”- Thomas Sankara

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Week Ahead 28 August – 1 September

“As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.” Monday, 28 August Attorney Sasha Stevenson and Health Researcher Tendai Mafuma are attending a Stop Stock Outs Project Steering committee meeting .

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TAC is back!

TAC National Congress demands new focus and energy in struggle for dignity and life!

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TAC’s 6th National Congress begins

A speech made by TAC National Chairperson Nkhensani Mavasa at the opening of TAC’s 6th National Congress on Wednesday 23rd August 2017. #TACCongress2017

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Week Ahead

A very Happy Birthday to everybody’s favourite Uncle Kathy!
Your indelible mark and contribution to South Africa will forever be remembered. We are because you were, long live Ahmed Kathrada, long live.

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SECTION27 and TAC oppose proposed amendment to abortion Act

JOHANNESBURG, 15th AUGUST 2017 – SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) have made a joint submission opposing the draft amendments to the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act 92 of 1996 (TOP Act) as proposed by the African Christian Democratic Party. We reject this amendment in the strongest terms.

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Our week ahead 7 August – 12 August

As part of the SECTION27 Gender Based Violence campaign #FAILEDBYSYSTEMS, Researcher Thuthukile Mbatha published an article on the violence faced by trans sex workers in the Daily Maverick

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