Week Ahead 12 – 16 February

“Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way. Universal suffrage on a common voter’s role in a united democratic and non-racial South Africa is the only way to peace and racial harmony.” – Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela


Monday, 12 February
Mpumalanga Researcher Sifiso Nkala will be meeting with Msukaligwa municipality AIDS Council Co-ordinator, Zonke Sibanyoni in order to plan for the Aids Council Sectors’ Civil Society meeting taking place in March. This will be the first meeting of its kind and will lead to the crafting of a Civil Society work-plan by April 2018.

Tuesday, 13 February
Researcher Thuthukile Mbatha will be facilitating a workshop on Access to contraceptives and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis at tertiary level at a Sex Rights Africa Network Programme of Activities for Woman Up 8th ACSHR Youth Pre-Conference to be held in Sandton, South Africa from the 12 to 13th February. She will be focusing on young women and HIV prevention efforts and treatment literacy focusing on modern ART for Africa and promotion strategies for adherence and retention on prevention methods like PrEP.

NSP Advocacy Officer Vuyokazi “Vovo” Gonyela will be presenting on a Toolkit-  Maputo Plan of Action (MPoA) for the Sex Rights Africa Network Programme of Activities for Woman Up 8th ACSHR Youth Pre-Conference. She will talk about the revised Maputo Plan of Action 2016-2030 (MPoA), a framework to achieve universal access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) and services in AfricaThis session aims to deepen and strengthen understanding of the MPoA and looks at how it can be used to address SRHR violations.

Senior Researcher and Legal Counsel Advocate Faranaaz Veriava will be presenting her oral defence at the University of Pretoria as she completes her Doctoral Thesis.

13-14 February 2018,
Sifiso Nkala will be facilitating a workshop in Kwaggafontein, kwaNdebele. The workshop will be capacitating Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) members on (chapter 2) of the South Africa Constitution, National Health act, National Health Insurance and SA HIV, TB and STIs Strategic Plan whilst working on a strategy to improve local health facilities.

15 February 2018,
Sifiso Nkala will be attending a Gert Sibande District Implementation Plan Steering committee meeting.

Attorney Ektaa Doechand and Legal Researcher Tendai Mafuma will be attending the Free State Health Coalition Meeting in Bloemfontein which will be hosted by the TAC. The meeting aims to address frequent shortages and stock outs of medication and supplies, poor or non-existent patient transport and emergency medical services, poor facilities and health infrastructure and broken or unavailable equipment, insufficient human resources including of Community Healthcare Workers, intimidation and violence toward whistle-blowers, activists and health workers who speak out, ineffective, unresponsive and unaccountable leadership especially in senior positions in the provincial department of health as well as poor budgeting and expenditure.

16 February 2018
Sifiso Nkala will attend a TAC Ermelo branch activity.  They agreed to focus on cancer awareness through a door to door campaign. This will also assist TAC in recruiting new members.

The week that was
Last week Thursday we hosted our CEO Challenge fundraising event where we auctioned off artworks from Africartoonists John Curtis and Dr Jack, photography by Thom Pierce and Thys Dullaart and ended off the evening with a performance by Conrad Koch (and Chester Missing). The auction resulted in the cartoons and prints being sold for over R100 000 as well as subsequent pledges that followed. Based on the turn out for the evening and momentum our challenge is gaining, we are hopeful that South African CEOs will commit themselves to investing more in Social Justice.

Executive Director Mark Heywood highlighted the importance of investing in Social Justice in an article for the Daily Maverick entitled SECTION27’s challenge to Corporate citizens

At the end of the Life Esidimeni Arbitration proceedings Advocate Adila Hassim reminded us all of the families and the loved ones SECTION27 represented with a list of descriptions in the Daily Maverick entitled #SayTheirNames