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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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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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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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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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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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Budget Justice Coalition Submission: Mitigating the impact of the increase in the VAT rate on poor and low-income households

We fully support the establishment of this Expert Panel to consider appropriate mechanisms to ameliorate the impact of the VAT increase on poor and low-income households.


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SECTION27 condemns protests that violate the rights of vulnerable people

We call on national trade union leaders, from COSATU, SAFTU, FEDUSA and NACTU as well as religious leaders to step in to help resolve this ongoing crisis and assist in urgently restoring healthcare services in the province.
Lives are being lost. This is an emergency.


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Silence over ambulance ‘strike’ in Eastern Cape

ECHCAC calls on the provincial and national health departments to urgently intervene before any more lives are lost. The Coalition urges the departments to act swiftly to avoid the situation degenerating to the state which occurred in the North


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Makangwane Secondary School – A decade of neglect and broken promises

Learners at Makangwane Secondary School in Nonparella, Limpopo are being taught under trees since January this year when part of the school roof was ripped off during a storm and the remaining structure posed a threat to the safety


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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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Week Ahread 10 – 14 December

SECTION27 wishes the Treatment Action campaign continued strength as they celebrate their 20th anniversary today. SECTION27 has been a sister organisation to TAC since its inception and we congratulate TAC for 20 years…


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Civil Society Organisations Call for national debate on UN Committee recommendations to South African Government on social and economic transformation

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s Constitution contains a wide range of socio-economic rights. In 2015, expanding and deepening South Africa’s commitment…


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Our Week Ahead 3 – 10 December 2018

Deputy Director, Umunyana Rugege is attending a roundtable with the President of the World Bank Group, Dr Jim Kim.  The group is small with only nine guests, for a focused discussion with social partners.


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Stop the Rush: Civil Society Organisations call for proper consideration of public comments on NHI Bill

We call on Cabinet to send the NHI Bill back to the Department of Health and to require a proper and thorough consultation process and consideration of options available for improvement of access to and quality of health care services in the country. The health of the nation is not a political game.


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Week Ahead 26 November – 1 December 2018

This year’s theme for World AIDS Day, which will be marking its 30th anniversary on 1 December, will be “Know your status”. https://knowyourstatus.unaids.org/#unvideo. Community Mobiliser, Sifiso Nkala will attend an AIDS council meeting in the Gert Sibande district, aimed at evaluating progress against the provincial implementation of the National Strategic Plan on HIV/ AIDS and TB 2017 – 2022.


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Week Ahead: 19 November 2018 – 23 November 2018

Today is World Toilet Day. SECTION27 will be launching a report on the state of school sanitation in Limpopo province today at Constitution Hill (Women’s Jail) at 5pm. The report comes on the back of stories of learners


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Week Ahead 12 – 16 November

Researcher Thuthukile Mbatha will be attending the International Conference on Family Planning in Kigali, Rwanda from 12 to 16 November 2018. She will also speaking at the SheDecides Open House on 14 November


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SECTION27 Board Appoints New Executive Director

The Board of SECTION27 is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Umunyana Rugege as the new Executive Director of SECTION27, effective 1 January 2019. Umunyana currently holds the position of Deputy Director.


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