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SECTION27’s journey 2014-2017

Please join us on a short journey through the last four years of SECTION27’s work!

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Media Statement – Michael Komape

11 JULY 2017 – JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL KOMAPE

JOHANNESBURG – The Limpopo High Court has set a trial date in a case brought by the family of the late Michael Komape after the five-year-old fell into his school’s pit toilet and died. The trial will take place in Polokwane from 13 November to 1 December before Deputy Judge President Fikile Mokgohloa.

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THE TWELVE TOUCHSTONES OF ACTIVISM

Mark Heywood’s Keynote Speech for the Sixth International Nelson Mandela Day Community Leadership Awards

Eastwave Radio, Lenasia, July 8th 2017

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Public Interest Law Gathering Programme

The PILG programme has been released! Click through for the full programme and to register for panels.

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Our Week ahead: 3 – 7 July 2017

Over the past weekend Basic Education for All (BEFA) held its electoral conference in Tzaneen Limpopo. BEFA activists from across the province came together to talk about the issues facing the Limpopo education system, as well as make strategic plans about how BEFA can overcome these challenges to bring about much needed change.

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High Court confirms that state endorsement of one religion to the exclusion of others is unlawful

Today, the South Gauteng High Court confirmed that public schools are not permitted to promote or allow their staff to promote only one or predominantly one religion to the exclusion of others. This was found to be contrary to the Constitution’s provisions on cultural and religious freedom.

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Our week ahead 26 – 30 June 2017

The High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation will host a workshop on National Health Insurance policy with key stakeholders. The panel brings together civil society leaders, academics and business representatives will discuss among other issues the impact of the NHI on poverty reduction, employment and foreign direct investment.

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CASAC intervenes in Solidarity’s attempt to undermine government measures to increase access to quality Basic Education.  

JOHANNESBURG, 20 JUNE we mark the 41st anniversary of the June 16 student uprising, the struggle for quality basic education continues. The Department of Basic Education has been called on to defend the legitimate measures behind a bursary scheme aimed at increasing the number of well-qualified, indigenous language teachers, particularly in rural areas.

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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR MIGRANTS

This World Refugee Day, in a country whose constitution makes clear provision for access to health care services for all, refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in South Africa continue to face problems in accessing health care services.

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Our week ahead 19 – 23 June 2017

Monday 19th: This week, Field Researcher Solanga Milambo is visiting various schools in Limpopo, as part of the #TextbooksMatter Campaign. Despite countless court appearances the Department of Education in Limpopo, has still failed to deliver textbooks to schools. Solly is set to investigate reports from various schools about textbook shortages. Solly will also use the week to gather new information on the state of sanitation in various schools in the province, to see what progress has been made, particularly for those schools who were on the Departments Sanitation plan, to ensure better sanitation for learners.

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Coalition welcomes landmark Competition Commission probe into prices of cancer medicines

JOHANNESBURG, 13 JUNE 2017: The Fix the Patent Laws coalition welcomes the Competition Commission’s announcement earlier today that they will investigate the pricing of several cancer medicines in South Africa. This is a major victory in our struggle to ensure that all people in South Africa can access the medicines they need to stay healthy and alive.

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Our week ahead June 12th

Monday 12th
The SECTION27 Health Team is heading down to Durban for the annual AIDS conference. The team will attend various plenary and satellite sessions in the week. The team will also participate in various advocacy actions to highlight issues around HIV/AIDS and the right to healthcare, for people on the ground.

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HIV and TB in 2017: Time for Honesty and Transparency

We are a group of organisations and individuals concerned with the state of South Africa’s response to HIV and Tuberculosis (TB). We are worried that in a time when the HIV and TB response in South Africa should accelerate it may instead begin to unravel. The underlying reason for this danger is the ongoing and widespread dysfunction in the public healthcare system.

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Our week ahead 05 – 09 June 2017

After completing the Herculean task of running his 18thComrades Marathon, SECTION27 Executive Director Mark Heywood shifts into a different gear this week as we launch his new book, GET UP STAND UP: Personal Journeys towards Social Justice! Again, we will use this opportunity to raise funds for the work of SECTION27. The book is available on sale at the launches and online. Proceeds from the sale on 8 June will go to Friends of SECTION27.

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KZN healthcare services in a state of emergency

KwaZulu-Natal’s healthcare services are in a state of emergency with shocking details shared by health workers in the province. Reports reflect a collapsing health system which is in many cases no longer delivering adequate healthcare to the most vulnerable.

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Op-Ed: Is the observance of one religion at schools a form of religious apartheid?

A case that has the potential to clarify the appropriate role of religious observances in public schools is set to be heard in the Gauteng High Court early next week. It is unfortunate however that the case appears to have been largely characterised as being part of an “atheist” agenda seeking to “sanitise” all public schools of religion. By FARANAAZ VERIAVA.

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Single religion schools in the spotlight in Gauteng High Court hearing: 15 – 17 May 2017

9 MAY 2017 – A challenge of certain Christian-only religious practices in South African public schools will be heard in a court case in the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg next week (15-17 May 2017).

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) is an amicus curiae in the matter initiated by an organisation called the Organisasie vir Godsdienste-Onderrig en Demokrasie (OGOD), and is represented by SECTION27.

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Government must ensure safe scholar transport as it is a right

SECTION27’s Pamela Choga and Bhavna Ramji reflect on the failures of the public transport system that have led to such tragedies as the Bronkhorstspruit accident of 21 April.

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SECTION27 congratulates Earthlife and SAFCEI on their victory against the nuclear deal

SECTION27 welcomes the Western Cape High Court’s decision to block plans by government to proceed with the unlawful and unconstitutional nuclear deal. We specifically pay tribute to Earthlife Africa and the Southern African Communities’ Environment Institute for their tireless work, advocacy and activism.

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Our Friday Ahead 21 April

This Friday our Executive Director Mark Heywood sets off on the first leg of the grueling Joberg2C mountain bike race. It’s 900 km of off-road riding and Mark will be keeping us updated at every stage in draw attention to the important work we do here at SECTION27 and to help shine a light on the insurmountable hurdles many South Africans face in the attempts to access quality healthcare and basic education.

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A letter from Mark Heywood to Friends of SECTION27

Dear Friends,

Over the last seven years, SECTION27 has built a team that is skilled, committed and ready to take us to greater heights. You can see them on our website: http://section27.org.za/board-staff/. I have the utmost respect and love for the team and have belief in them. I am watching leaders grow and emerge in this space and I want to support them by building a legacy for S72.

You can help me.

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Our Week Gone By 10 – 14 April 2017

“What I fear is that the liberators emerge as elitists… who drive around in Mercedes Benz’s and use the resources of this country to live in palaces and to gather riches”

– Chris Thembisile Hani

Hani was murdered on 10 April 1993 outside his home in Dawn Park. We remember his contribution to a Democratic South Africa and may we always strive for equality and freedom for all.

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