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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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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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