Staff

LILLIAN MWANANGULU - Office Assistant

I joined SECTION27 on 11 May 2015. I am office the Office Assistant.

I look after everyone and ensure we work in a happy and clean environment. I also keep the ship running, i.e. I make sure we have coffee.

I stick around because there are some really cool people working here, who are saving the world one soul at a time, and it’s great to be a part of that team.

Before I joined SECTION27, I worked at CARE International as a Research Assistant where I did work in TB, HIV/AIDS and the ARV roll out in different provinces. I am the mother to two lovely children whom I love very much and I am currently studying to be an accountant.


VUYOKAZI GONYELA - NSP Review Advocacy Officer

I started working in January 2016. I work as the NSP Review Advocacy Officer.

My job is to create wider strategic awareness about National Strategic Plan on HIV,TB and STIs. I am also responsible for identifying advocacy issues within the NSP through monitoring implementation of this plan. I also provide capacity building and technical support for provincial civil society forums within aids councils and through activists engagement, particularly focusing in Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Kwa Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga and Gauteng.

I stick around because SECTION27 is a great and cool organisation to be part of. The organisational commitment towards advocating for the realisation of the Bill of Rights gives a human touch to the lived realities of most poor and vulnerable populations which are mostly undermined by those in power.

Before SECTION27, I was working for Treatment Action Campaign as a Provincial Organiser in Eastern Cape and also part of the National Capacity Building team that was running national and regional training. My provincial responsibilities included monitoring implementation of the Provincial Strategic Plan and identification of advocacy campaigns,  supporting TAC branches through prevention and treatment literacy information, identification and execution of district and provincial advocacy campaigns. I worked for TAC for at least 12 years from branch level to Provincial positions which included leadership roles in governance structures giving political leadership to the province.


TENDAI MAFUMA - Researcher

I’ve been working as a Legal Researcher with the Public Health Team since 11 January 2017.

I do everything from researching issues of law and human rights, interviewing and taking statements from deponents, developing partnerships with other human rights organisations to policy research.

I applied to SECTION27 because I’m passionate about social justice and legal literacy. The biochemist in me could not resist SECTION27’s descriptor “catalyst for change”.

Before joining SECTION27, I completed a Master of Science in Biochemistry and LLB degreed at Rhodes University. I also clerked for Justice Madlanga at the Constitutional Court.


TEBOGO SEPHAKGAMELA - Researcher

I started to work at Section27 on 10 June 2013. I worked as an Intern while busy with studies until I got employed as a Researcher in 2016.

Among other thing, I do field research (visit schools to monitor challenges), advocacy training to community members and school governing bodies, and engaging with Limpopo Department of Education about challenges in the schools.

There was nothing much I was doing before I joined Section27 besides concentrating on my LLB degree studies. My time was dedicated to my studies and doing some church work, like administration.

 


NTSIKI MPULO - Senior Communications Officer

I’m a Senior Communications Officer. I’ve been working here since 1 August 2015.

My role is to facilitate communications from our organisation to our key constituencies through various media including social media, mainstream media and our website. I also provide stories and content for the SECTION27 and TAC publication, Spotlight. I draft media statements and field media queries, as well as assist with organising events and manage the branding and merchandise for our organisation.

I stick around because no day is the same.  I’m involved in work that shapes the future of our country and make meaningful input into activities that make a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable communities in South Africa.

I’m accidental activist.  Prior to working for SECTION27, I left corporate South Africa because I wanted to write more about health and education which have been my passion for decades. I did a stint as a journalist at a weekly magazine in the Media24 stable. Before that, I was involved in the tourism industry in various organisations from the private sector to an agency of government.  I hold a Bachelor of Commerce from Wits University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.


FARANAAZ VERIAVA - Senior Researcher

I started working at SECTION27 on 1 September 2014 as a Senior Researcher and Legal Counsel working primarily in the field of education rights. 

I provide guidance and strategic support to the Education Team at SECTION27.  I work closely with other members of the team in developing and building the education cases at SECTION27.  I assists in the drafting of legal papers and occasionally appear in court as counsel for SECTION27.  I’ve also written academic articles and produced research reports and other articles on the work of SECTION27.  Most recently, together with other SECTION27 staff, I compiled and edited a Basic Education Rights Handbook to make basic education law and policy easily accessible.

I work at Section27 because I am committed to improving the education system to ensure a quality basic education for all South African learners.

Before coming here, I worked at Idasa and headed the Western Cape office of the South African Human Rights Commission. I was a founder of the Education Law Project at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at Wits University. I also worked as an advocate of the Johannesburg Bar.


ELINOR KERN - Grants Coordinator

I’ve worked as Grants Coordinator from Monday to Wednesday since 1 May 2015.

I’m responsible for reports and proposals to donors.

I stick around at SECTION27 because social justice is important to me.

Prior to working here I studied languages and librarianship but have been working in the funding and fundraising sector for the past 16 years. I’ve worked for the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Sacred Heart College and Tshikululu Social Investments and in various other consulting positions.

 


NOMATTER NDEBELE - Communications Officer

I started working on SECTION27’s Communications Teams on 1 June 2015

My duties include media liaison, advocacy work and writing content for the organisation.

I stick around because I enjoy being part of a team that’s as dedicated to changing the world as I am.

Before I joined SECTION27 I was just another young thug trying to get off food stamps. I kid, I was a journalist at a news agency that was always looking for something a little more meaningful than daily market reports, but now I’m here and I am doing the things.


BASETSANA KOITSIOE - Executive Assistant

I have been Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and Director of Litigation at SECTION27 since 25 January 2016.

My duties are to manage and maintain the Executives’ schedules, appointments and travel arrangements, to arrange and co-ordinate meetings and events, and record, transcribe and distribute minutes of meetings.

I stick around because my work offers me a great deal of learning experience and I enjoy working with the team at SECTION27.

Before I came to SECTION27, I got a BA degree in Political Science and English Literature and an LLB both from the University of the Witwatersrand. My human rights and social justice involvement began in 2014, when I joined Student for Law and Social Justice. I was portfolio head for legal education and we ran constitutional literacy service initiatives in high schools in the inner city of Johannesburg. In 2015, I interned for a year, at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies for the Access to Information Programme and then I came here to SECTION27.


LUVO NELANI - Legal Researcher

I started work at SECTION27 on 18 January 2016. I work as a Legal Researcher in the Private Health Team.

I have primarily worked on the Health Market Inquiry and Access to Medicines. I am involved in advocating for intellectual property reform to broaden access to quality and affordable medicines.

I first became aware of SECTION27 while I was a student and I thought and still think the use of strategic litigation and advocacy is impactful in driving access to healthcare services.

I worked at Hogan Lovells before joining SECTION27.


NTOMBI MAPHOSA - Paralegal

I am researcher and I co-run the legal advice office. I started working at SECTION27 on 11 of January 2016.

I consult members of the public, take statements and do research on any legal issues they have. If their issue falls outside of the mandate of SECTION27 I refer them to one of our partner organisations and ensure that they receive help. I also do research and advocacy work on a few health matters such as TB and School Health.

I have only worked here for a little over a year but I have been exposed to so many opportunities and so many more are coming my way. I have gained so much experience in many different things and this is one of the reasons that I’m going to turn out to be a well-rounded human rights lawyer one day. This organisation is the only one of its kind and holds a special place in people’s hearts. It really does feel like being around family every day when you’re in the office.


KATE PATERSON - Attorney

I started at SECTION27 the first time on 17 June 2010, and the second time on 2 February 2015. I am an Attorney in the Education Team

I focus on education provisioning, school governance and sexual violence. My two major cases at SECTION27 have been BEFA v Minister of Basic Education (the textbooks case) and Komape v Minister of Basic Education.

I leave SECTION27 for the second time in May 2017, but my time at SECTION27 has been immensely rewarding, stimulating and formative. I believe strongly in the project and the people working in it.

I began my career as Mark Heywood’s personal assistant. At the time, I’d completed by undergraduate and Honours degree in Law and Politics. I studied my LLB degree at Wits while working at SECTION27. I then completed articles at Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa and returned to SECTION27 as an attorney.


THUTHUKILE MBATHA - Researcher

I’ve worked as a Researcher at SECTION27 since 8 January 2014.

I run the Advice Office and the national campaign for Community Healthcare Workers calling for the recognition as an important workforce in the fight against HIV and TB.

I stick around because I believe in the cause and in empowering people to advocate for what is rightfully theirs.

A bit of my pre-SECTION27 background is that I am from Umlazi, South of Durban. I have a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Psychology and Anthropology. I also did a Master’s degree in Population Studies through the University of KwaZulu Natal. I worked for Maurice Webb Research Institute for a year as a Research Assistant. I have recently been appointed as the 2017 South African AVAC fellow, where I will be advocating for access to PReP for University students.


SAAMIAH JARDINE - Procurement & Admin Officer

I started as Procurement and Admin Officer in January 2013.

I handle all admin and travel related requests and queries. I do al credit card related purchases for events and meetings for SECTION27.

I stick around at SECTION27 because I love what I do here. Also I have a home away from home and a family away from family. I feel proud to work with all these amazing people doing absolutely amazing things for all the people of South Africa. Who would not want to stick around?

Before SECTION27, I was a mere accounting student looking for a part time job to help sustain me during my years at varsity. While at SECTION27 I managed to complete my accounting degree but decided to stay in my current position to learn more and grow with the organisation.


BRIDGETT MOHAPI - Financial & Admin Clerk

I’ve been Finance and Administration Clerk since 3 March 2014

I am responsible for providing financial administrative and clerical services in order to ensure effective, efficient and accurate financial and administrative operations.

I stick around because the environment is so good, the people are so supportive, and I believe in the work that SECTION27 is doing, fighting to provide humanity to people in how they handle their cases, how the Communications Department keeps us updated every time, etc.

Prior to joining SECTION27, I worked for various companies including Inet- Bridge (Financial data), Pearson Education Holding, Boe- Securities, and Legae- Securities (stock broker) at Johannesburg Stock exchange. My work ranged from back office support/office assistant to Settlement Administrator in stock broking firms. I have completed a course at Damelin RPA’s, Diploma computer course at S.E College, Intro to Bookkeeping with BOE and Sage Pastel.


THEMBI MAHLATHI - Executive Receptionist

I work at SECTION27 as an Executive Receptionist

I stick around here because I am not limited to small dreams. There is always an opportunity to dream bigger

Before I joined the winning team, I worked as a waitress and a Hairdresser.


NASSER SUJEE - Financial Officer

I’m the Financial Officer and have been working here since 1 March 2008

I prepare the monthly payroll, make sure our suppliers get paid and record our financial transactions.

I stick around because my work means something in the lives of people.

Before coming to SECTION27, I worked in various capacities in the Finance divisions of a retail clothing company, a fabric importer, and for a short time at National Brands. I was also the Divisional Accountant for the Asset Finance Division at Mercantile Bank, and spent 7 years as an entrepreneur in the food and magazine publishing industries.


SFISO NKALA - Community Mobiliser

I started to work formally as an employee at SECTION27 on 1 June 2013. I work as a Community Mobiliser.

When I started to work, I had a title of an NHI (National Health Insurance) Organiser.  And I had to move between provinces in order to ensure support and to monitor NHI implementation.  But the most important task was to assist Mpumalanga province and to find lessons that could be common to other provinces during the NHI build up project. During year 2015, my title changed but the duties never changed and I was called a NHI Field Reseacher.  The intention was still to ensure maximum, meaningful participation of all stakeholders in the NHI implementation. This was to be done whilst supporting and monitoring NHI implementation.

In 2016, the title changed and I inherited a title of a Community Mobiliser.  The duties never change during the changes in the title.  From year 2013 when I arrived in Mpumalanga province I had a duty to support AIDS councils.  This is a strategic duty as if it is done properly it fully ensures capacitated AIDS council sectors and functional (active) civil society.

If civil society sectors are capacitated it would mean fully functional clinic committees, proper support and monitoring of the NHI project. This would also mean a well functional NHI schools health programme as the education department and workers in general would understand their role, etc.

I grew up in a political atmosphere and have been involved in the fight for human rights and social justice all my life. I have been in the struggle since mid-1980.  Most importantly, in the year 2000, I joined the Treatment Action Campaign to ensure access to HIV treatments and justice. One of my duties was to recruit TAC members, establish TAC branches and simplify policies to the TAC membership. It was also vital to represent TAC in proper platforms. I stayed with TAC as a full time staff member for at least 10 years but am still an active member.

I did my in-service training at 202 Smith Street in Durban at Petronet as I was a Mangosuthu University student. I was a chairperson of the Jazz club in Mangosuthu and in the following year a Jazz club secretary. Through Jazz, I had a great, strong relationship with Coke and Seagram including P4 radio and Ukhozi fm. I did some teaching for two years in one of the schools in Stanger. As the professional youth we started our own organisation where TAC found me. I have also been a member of the quartet group in Groutville which is called Handsome Boys.


SOLANGA MILAMBO - Community Mobiliser

I started working with SECTION27 on 13 August 2012. I am working as a Community Mobiliser with a focus on Education

I organise workshops, meetings and campaigns for education work and for BEFA; I collect information from the school that are experiencing service delivery challenged and submit it to my supervisor or researchers. I strengthen BEFA through leadership, advocacy, coordination and organising meetings and events.

I stick around at SECTION27 because I have got passion in the work that I am doing and I love what I am doing for the community. I will stick in my job until each and every learner in Limpopo schools receive quality and comprehensive Basic Education, until their right to quality and Free Education is realised by the Department of Basic Education and Limpopo Department of Education. Until all schools receive proper infrastructure and facilities according to the Norms and Standard for School Infrastructure.

Before coming to SECTION27, I was active in politics since 1989 when I was at secondary school and I became the first Chairperson of ANCYL in Rodgers Shiviti branch and served two terms. I also served as the Secretary of the ANC at the same branch. I’ve served my community as a ward community member. In 2004 I joined TAC and served at different structures as a leader from the district to the province. I have also work in Treatment Literacy from 2006 to 2010. I am a SGB deputy chairperson of Mafumani Secondary School at Homu 14A. In 2014 I was elected to serve as a Provincial Chairperson of Limpopo Civil Society Forum and automatically became Deputy Chair of Limpopo Provincial AIDS Council. I am a born again Christian since 2000 and I am serving as an asher and a translator in preaching the word of God at Unity of Faith Church. I don’t fear people but I respect people and above all I love my family and my God and I fear God most.


PATRICK MDLETSHE - Field Researcher

I started working for SECTION27 as a Field Researcher on 2 August 2011.

I work on public health with a specific focus on strengthening health systems.

I am National Deputy Chairperson of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the Co-Chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial AIDS Council, and Chairperson of civil society within this structure. I currently works as a Field Researcher for SECTION27, where my work focuses on working with Provincial AIDS Councils in different provinces, strengthening civil society voice and advising provinces on HIV/AIDS, TB and STIs policies with the aim of shaping and strengthening the HIV/AIDS TB and STI response in South Africa.  I am also a member of SANAC.

I am an activist who is passionate about social justice and driven by change. SECTION27 is that catalyst for social change and I am part of it.