Week Ahead

10 – 14 September 2018

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

Monday, 10 September 2018:

Civil society organisations held a meeting at SECTION27 offices to discuss how civil society can ensure the effectiveness of the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. The meeting was attended by former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas and a range of civil society partners.

Researcher, Thuthukile Mbatha will attend the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) conference in Parys in the North West. The theme for this year’s conference is “Health for All – Thinking Globally, Acting Locally.” Thuthu will be part of a She Decides panel discussing access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in South Africa.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Executive Director Mark Heywood will be attending the PHASA 2018 Conference and will one of the panellists that will lead a discussion focusing on the events that resulted in disrupted provision of health care services in the North West Province earlier this year, with reflections on the Department of Health’s responses and the impact of public health principles for health systems strengthening and improved service delivery within the healthcare system.

Our Head of Health Sasha Stevenson will also deliver an analysis of the National Health Insurance Bill at a dedicated session arranged by trade union FEDUSA with the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. The Competition Commission has also been invited to outline their recent findings on the Health Market Inquiry.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Sasha Stevenson will be speaking in the plenary roundtable titled “Advancing public mental health care in South Africa” at the 24th Annual South African Psychology Congress which takes place at Emperor’s Palace in Gauteng.

Thursday 13 September 2018

SECTION27 will host the opening night of the #Justice4Michael exhibition at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town. From 10 to 23 September The exhibition which first opened at Constitution Hill is based on the Michael Komape Case and tracks the family’s journey from five year old Michael’s tragic death in a pit toilet through to the four year-long trial.  This exhibition is part of a large sanitation campaign with which SECTION27 hopes to bring about a change in the way National and provincial governments prioritise sanitation in schools. Look out for more on social media on our #UnSAFEtoilets campaign.

13 – 14 September 2018

Mpumalanga Community Mobiliser Sifiso Nkala will be facilitating a workshop for the Gert Sibande district disability sector on Constitutional literacy, the National Health Act and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

The Week that Was

SECTION27 wrote a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa alerting him to a few more horrific incidents of injury and death of young learners because of unsafe school sanitation. In 2016, a five-year-old boy, Oratilwe Dilwane, was a pupil at Tlhotlheletsang Primary School in the North West province. While playing with his friends, he fell into a pit toilet at the school. Oratilwe swallowed excrement and sustained severe head injuries.  Read more here. https://city-press.news24.com/Voices/president-ramaphosa-its-time-to-make-safe-and-decent-school-sanitation-a-national-priority-20180909

At the beginning of July 2018 the Health Marketing Inquiry (HMI) published its Provisional Findings and Recommendations in a 479 page report, backed up by lots of mini-reports and annexures. It’s a complex, dense and evidence-heavy report. The recommendations made by the HMI may be a once-in-a lifetime possibility to make private health well again. Read Mark’s take on private healthcare here.


Follow the Spotlight investigation into how the Limpopo Department of Health’s refusal to renew a contract with the Ndlovu Care Group despite its excellent track record is jeopardising treatment of over 3700 patients.