The right to sufficient food
We have introduced the right of access to food as a work area because of the importance of access to food for social justice and as a determinant of health. We work for appropriate regulation of and accountability in the food industry and for the availability of food to all, including in particular children, who are granted the constitutional right not just to access to food but to basic nutrition.
The right to basic education
One of SECTION27′s priority areas is the right to basic education guaranteed by section 29 of the Constitution. We view the right to education as a significant health-determinant as well as a ‘gateway’ to the realisation of other rights, particularly the rights to dignity and equality. Our work in this area includes research, litigation and advocacy directed towards securing vital resources such as textbooks and public school funding, and achieving safe and positive education environments conducive to effective learning and teaching. We focus particularly on the prevention of sexual violence and corporal punishment, the provision of safe and hygienic sanitation facilities, the provision of learner teacher support materials, furniture and sufficient classrooms, and the timeous payment of sufficient public school funds.
Good governance and accountability
We are working to ensure that the conduct of relevant organs of state and of those who exercise significant private power in relevant fields accords with the Constitution.
In particular, we work for more effective parliamentary oversight over the Executive, the maintenance of the foundational values of the Constitution, the maintenance of judicial independence, a better understanding of the constitutional obligations of the private sector in relation to the rights to health and education, increased equality of access to essential services provided by the private sector and a developed legal framework regulating private power, particularly in the health industry.
Tracking the National Strategic Plan
Our particular focus with regard to the NSP is on respect for and the promotion of human rights as outlined in the plan’s priority area 4, as well as the building and/or strengthening of SANAC structures to ensure good governance and accountability. We are also working on ensuring appropriate budgeting for and expenditure in relation to ARV treatment and other key interventions identified in the NSP, so that there is a sustainable uninterrupted provision of ARV treatment.