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Vulekamali newsletter is now online!

The first ever edition of the vulekamali newsletter is now online! Through this newsletter, we will share vulekamali project updates, interesting new content and news about exciting budget events

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Urgent call for organisational endorsements of two civil society submissions to Parliament on the 2018 Budget

The 2018 Budget presents a moment of crisis. If it goes ahead, indirect taxes (VAT, fuel and excise – which affect the pockets of lower income groups the most) will rise and social spending (on basic education, health care and housing

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Week Ahead

Several SECTION27 staff members will be attending the regional COP18 consultation meeting in Johannesburg until Friday. This meeting allows civil society to mobilise, give input and shape the COP18 strategy.

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Community priorities for PEPFAR funding

Today South Africa continues to face major HIV and TB epidemics. 7.1 million people have HIV, and TB remains our leading cause of death in the country. Even at current levels around three million people in South Africa

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Notifiable diseases regulations out just in time

The recent Listeriosis outbreak, demonstrates the importance of the control of notifiable conditions.

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Civil society calls on Parliament to support progressive taxation and halt proposed regressive measures

We disagree with the Minister that the proposed rise in VAT from 14% to 15% will have limited impact on the poor. While the majority of VAT revenue will naturally come from wealthier people who earn and spend more, the Minister acknowledged that his VAT proposal will increase the cost of living for all households.

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SECTION27 welcomes promulgation of Emergency Medical Services Regulations

The Emergency Medical Services Regulations are a vital step in ensuring access to emergency medical services across the country.

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Civil Society calls on the Finance Minister to deliver a pro-poor 2018 budget

We are extremely concerned about the implications of proposals to increase VAT, which places a disproportionate burden on the poor. Any potential revenue shortfall should be addressed in a manner that increases the progressivity of the taxation system.

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Our Week Ahead 19 – 23 February

Senior Communications Officer Ntsiki Mpulo will travel to Evander in Mpumalanga where she will interview Dr Eddie Mhlanga who will deliver a workshop on Termination of Pregnancy and conscientious objection.

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SECTION27 comment on the State of the Nation

Our country has walked a long road to freedom. We have tried not to falter; we have made (huge) missteps along the way. But have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

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Our Week Ahead 12 – 16 February

“Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way. Universal suffrage on a common voter’s role in a united democratic and non-racial South Africa is the only way to peace and racial harmony.” – Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela

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A message of support from CEO of BLSA

In October 2017, SECTION27 launched a Corporate Challenge to challenge corporate South Africa to invest in social justice by investing in SECTION27. The Corporate challenge has two aims: To improve SECTION27’s sustainability by increasing our local funding

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SECTION27 statement: Update on Life Esidimeni arbitration

Johannesburg, 8 February 2018 – The families of 63 deceased mental health care users and their legal representatives, SECTION27, welcome the agreement reached with the State on the common law damages

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WEEK AHEAD 5 – 9 February

The Proteas lost in spectacular fashion, the ANC top six have been having late night meetings with the President and the Springbok ruby coach got given the boot. This week promises to be another manic week in our beautiful, crazy country with a busy week ahead for SECTION27. Here are some of our highlights! 

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FINAL ARGUMENT IN THE MICHAEL KOMAPE CASE

POLOKWANE 1 February  – Rosina Komape vs Department of Basic Education resumes in the Polokwane High Court today, Thursday 1 February

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Our Week Ahead

Dear Friends, we are at the end of January and many of us are wondering where the first year of the month went! January has been a busy month at SECTION27 and February will be no different.

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Our Week Ahead

22 January 2018, Former Gauteng MEC for Health, Qedani Mahlangu began her long awaited testimony at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings chaired by retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke.  The hearing was adjourned with the Judge asking Ms Mahlangu

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Our Week Ahead

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again” – Og Mandino

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SECTION27 submission on draft Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill

SECTION27 commends the Department of Basic Education (DBE) for taking the pro-active step to amend the basic education legal framework in line with the education jurisprudence as well as other developments to ensure greater access for all learners to a quality basic education.

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Win a chance to attend the 2018 Budget Speech

Name the new budget portal and win a trip to Cape Town for the 2018 Budget Speech. Entries close on 15 January 2018. Winners will be announced in early February.

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Dear Friends of SECTION27

We would like to hank you for your generous support and donations, it is because of you that we are able to do important social justice work that changes people’s lives. 

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Philani Clinic: A timeline of failure

A few meters from the entrance to Philani Clinic in Queenstown, opposite the gate, is a black-walled tavern. On weekdays, it’s as quiet as a church; but on weekends, music bursts out of its dark interior, cars line the street and patrons dance between them, holding beer cans and bottles.  The gates of the clinic are not

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Our Week Ahead 4-9 December

The Life Esidimeni arbitration continues this week at the Emoyeni Conference Centre in Johannesburg. Family members of surviving mental health care users as well as Professor Ames Dhai, an expert witness are expected to testify.

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Spotlight Edition # 4 is out!

The latest edition of Spotlight is out, bringing you investigative journalism into the state of healthcare in South Africa. This edition covers such topics as how state capture threatens the right to health, articles on Free State healthcare, a look into

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No ambulance = death

For Nozikotshi Lulu, December 2011 was anything but joyful. She remembers it as the most painful period of her life. Her son, Mveliso (30), had been working away from home during the course of the year. She looked forward to his homecoming but when he returned home at the beginning of the month he became ill.

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#FAILEDBYSYSTEMS Gender-Based Violence Publication

On 14 July 2017, SECTION27 launched a campaign called #FAILEDBYSYSTEMS in which a team of SECTION27 women and non-binary people published a series of weekly op-eds in the Daily Maverick focusing on different systems responses to the gender-based violence (GBV) crisis in South Africa. Today we release theses articles in the form of a beautiful new SECTION27 publication.

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Dialogue on Gender-Based Violence

Please join us for a dialogue between Sharon Ekambaram and representatives from civil society, the National Prosecuting Authority and the South African Police Service. The conversation will focus on gender-based violence in the criminal justice system.

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Our Week Ahead 20 – 24 November

Court proceedings in the matter of Rosina Komape vs The Department of Education and Others will continue this week in the Polokwane High Court. Taking the witness strand this week are Civil Engineer David Still, SECTION27 Budget Expert Daniel McLaren and our Executive Director Mark Heywood.

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