SECTION27 welcomes the Life Esidimeni arbitration award

SECTION27 welcomes the Award handed down by retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke. In a ringing indictment of the Life Esidimeni Marathon Project, DCJ Moseneke stated that


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Civil society organisations welcome President Ramaphosa’s call for three month plan

Civil society has fought for years to ensure that school infrastructure receives priority attention from the department and we stand ready to assist government where possible to make sure that this expected plan for eradicating pit toilets is implemented as a matter of extreme urgency.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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Michael Komape’s parents complete their testimony

19 November marks World Toilet Day. It is an indictment on the National Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Limpopo Department of Education (LDoE) that this week also marks the start of the trial on Michael Komape’s death.


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

The North Gauteng High Court yesterday upheld the constitutionality of the Department of Basic Education’s FUNZA LUSHAKA Bursary Scheme to ensure the availability of an increasing number of well-qualified, indigenous language teachers,


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#Justice4Michael: The family’s day in court to commence on Monday

7 November 2017 – On 20 January 2014, Grade R learner Michael Komape went to use the pit toilet at Mahlodumela Primary School in Chebeng Village, near Polokwane, Limpopo. The school toilet was dilapidated,


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No scholar transport plan for learners with disabilities

A mother carried her daughter to school until she became too heavy for her to do so. Another learner must drive her electric wheelchair some five kilometres when she cannot afford to pay for private transport.


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Protecting People with Mental Illness and Intellectual Disability…

In the midst of the Life Esidimeni tragedy, in which almost 100 mental health care users died and others were harmed, causing unbearable distress to their families, the Department of Justice quietly published a draft Bill to amend the Criminal Procedure Act.


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