This week, SECTION27 Remembers Marikana.
We Remember 16 August 2012 when the South African Police Service opened fire on a crowd of mineworkers at Marikana. The fateful event left 34 Mineworkers dead, 78 wounded and more than 250 people were arrested. The protesting mineworkers were demanding a wage increase at the Lonmin platinum mine.

August 15: SECTION27 Attorney Sasha Stevenson is attending the case management meeting for the case of RELPAG v Prof Sodi and others. The case concerns the Scope of Practice of psychologists. SECTION27 represents the Rural Health Advocacy Project which has intervened as amicus to make the argument that the way in which the scope of practice has been defined limits further access to mental health care services.

SECTION27 field researcher Sifiso Nkala is holding various meetings with stake holders in Gert Sibande, with the goal to establish a coalition that will focus on access to health care services in the district.

August 16: SECTION27 Attorney Sasha Stevenson is giving a presentation to the students of Stellenbosch University’s medical school on health care worker advocacy.

SECTION27 launches its report into schools for children with disabilities with a focus on Umkhanyakude District in KwaZulu Natal. Researchers Luvo Nelani and Silomo Khumalo will participate in a stakeholder briefing organised by the South African Human Rights Commission on inclusive education in KZN.

August 17 -18: SECTION27 will hold ts quarterly board meeting. The meeting will give the board an opportunity to assess how far the organisation has progressed in achieving goals set for 2016 and  plot the way forward for the remainder of the year.

Researcher Patrick Mdletshe will participate on a panel to evaluate KZN NGO’s for the Global Fund’s funding allocation for 2016/2017 financial year. This process is lead by KZN treasury.

Patrick will also attend  meetings with partner organisation KZNCC, Hospesa, AHF and NEHAWU to discuss the ways forward post AIDS conference and Peoples March. 

August 19: The African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) , in collaboration with the Migrant Health Forum, is holding a dialogue on the 90-90-90 HIV strategy and how it impacts migrants. Our attorney Sasha Stevenson will attend this dialogue and a Health-e board meeting.