Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do”

-Bill Gates

Monday July 24th The Center for Economic Governance and Accountability in Africa’s (CEEGA) Director and SECTION27 Board member Nhlanhla Ndlovu will join us to discuss the trends in health financing and HIV in South Africa, NHI and the health budget.

We are co-hosting the Public Interest Law Gathering (PILG) in Cape Town this week! We will be hosting three panels at PILG, one on the role of civil society in politics and the other on how court orders can ensure accountability, the third is on referrals and legal advice. All three are questions that we constantly face in the work we do, and we look forward to discussing the issues with the panelists. The keynote speaker this year former President Kgalema Mothlanthe.


Tuesday July 25th Executive Director Mark Heywood is participating in the media briefing of a campaign called “Against violence to women and children”. The campaign is led by The National Religious Leaders Council. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will give the keynote address at the media briefing which will be held at Pallazo Hotel in Fourways.  The official launch of the campaign will be on the 30th of July at Rhema Bible church.

Wednesday 26th July  SECTION27 will make joint written submissions on the “Guidelines for the Licensing of Residential and Day Care Facilities for People with Mental and/or Intellectual Disabilities”, together with our mental health partners including family members of former Life Esidimeni residents, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, the South African Society of Psychiatrists and the South African Federation for Mental Health. These are the guidelines issued by the Department of Health following the Life Esidimeni disaster to respond to the clear need for better assessment and regulation of facilities licensed to house people with mental illnesses

Friday 28th July

This Friday we bid farewell to ‘The people’s advocate’ Adila Hassim. Adila has been part of the Aids Law Project and SECTION27 for 13 incredible years. We will be forever indebted to her for her guidance, leadership and her valuable insight, but most importantly her commitment to the quest for social justice.

Looking Further Ahead

On the 3rd of August Mark Heywood will attend the Daily Maverick’s Media Gathering in Cape Town. Mark and other speakers will debate media, issues of government regulatory attempts, fake news, waning business models and the duty of business to support local independent media in a time of dominance by global players. The Gathering will be hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

You can find further details regarding tickets here