Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead


Monday 13 November

  • Court proceedings for the matter of Rosina Komape vs The Department of Education and Others take place at the Polokwane High Court from Monday 13 November. The matter is set down from today until 1 December 2017.
  • The Life Esidimeni arbitration continues for the fifth week. Witnesses expected to appear include Ms. Coralie Trotter, a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist appearing as an expert witness, as well as Dr Mvuyiso Talatala, President of the SA Society of Psychiatrists. SECTION27 currently represents 65 families who lost their relatives as a result of the Marathon Project.
  • From Monday to Wednesday, Field Researcher Patrick Mdletshe will be attending the Treatment Action Campaign’s national advanced HIV and TB advocacy training which will be held at Lesedi Cultural Village in North West.


Wednesday 15 November

  • Field Researcher Sifiso Nkala will be attending a Gert Sibande District Implementation Plan meeting on the National Strategic Plan (NSP) for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Sexually Transmitted Infections. The meeting is intended to monitor progress in the implementation of the NSP and the improvement in access to health services for all.


Thursday 16 November

  • Members of the SECTION27 Communications team will attend the 10th Global Investigative Journalism Conference from 16 to 19 November at the University of the Witwatersrand. The Conference will deliver more than 100 panels and training sessions for journalists from across the globe.


Friday 17 November

  • Field Researcher Patrick Mdletshe will address the KwaZulu-Natal President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) partners meeting with KZN Department of Health and other stakeholders. Patrick’s talk will focus on the need for strengthening community systems for adherence.
  • Field Researcher Sifiso Nkala will join the Treatment Action Campaign in Ermelo in its branch activity which include trying to resolve challenges that are faced by the community in health facilities and recruiting new members.
  • SECTION27 and the University of the Witwatersrand (the Graduate Humanities Centre & the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management) will host Nobel Laureate Professor Joseph E Stiglitz as he delivers his talk on “Intellectual Property and Societal Welfare” at the Graduate Humanities Centre Seminar Room at Wits University in Johannesburg on 17 November 2017 at 5 pm.  The event is organised under a Shuttleworth Foundation fellowship. See invitation below: