April 29 – May 03
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” – Plato
Monday April 29
Head of Education Faranaaz Veriava and other members of the Education team are attending a seminar on “Critiquing Komape” . “The case of Komape V Monister of Basic Education (Tebeila institute of leadership and Education and Governance and Training Equal Education Amicus Curiae) 2018 JDR 0625 (LP) tells the story about a malfeasant government, a grieving family, and a law of delict that is messily divorced from the African jurisprudence of care, responsible leadership, sense of duty and prescription. The Seminar is being hosted by the University of Pretoria’s Law Faculty and will be presented by Dr. Emile Zitske.
Field Researcher Sifiso Nkala is in Piet Retief to train Ward Aids Committees, in SRHR and sexual violence. The trainings will focus specifically on the rights of health care users. Piet Retief has challenges around staff attitude as well as a dysfunctional AIDS council. Sifiso continues to do work in order to strengthen and capacitate the AIDS council.
Field Researcher Solanga Milambo is attending a Student health and wellbeing awareness campaign at UNISA in Polokwane. Solly will give a presentation on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)
Tuesday 30 April
On Tuesday, Head of Health Sasha Stevenson will be meeting with partners in our sexual and reproductive health rights programme, TAC and AIDS Foundation South Africa, for a quarterly review of the programme and planning for the next few months.
Communications Officer Nomatter Ndebele will travel to Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KZN to interview healthcare providers or practitioners working within the South African Health care system, who are working against all odds to provide health care to the most vulnerable people in the country.
Friday 3 May
Field Researcher Patrick Mdletshe will be hosting session at fhi360. fhi360 is an NGO that is a strategic partner to the Government of South Africa, focusing on key human development projects, such improving reproductive health. Patrick will speak about the role of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in response to the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa. The session will be hosted at fhi360 offices in Pretoria
The week that was:
Last week SECTION27 said Farewell to former Executive Director Mark Heywood. Mark started working at SECTION27 in 1994, when it was still the AIDS Law Project. Mark has been instrumental in cases related to HIV/AIDS, Education and corruption. We will miss Mark very much, but will always lean on his guidance as we move forward.
Marcus Low, “#Vote4Health: Five Appointments to Watch after May 8”, https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2019/04/29/vote4health-five-appointments-to-watch-after-may-8/, Spotlight, April 29 2019.Apart from a potential change in Health Minister, several key other health leadership roles may or may not change after South Africa’s May 8th elections. We’ve identified five that we will be keeping a particularly close eye on.
Biénne Huisman At 41 years old, Fortunate Sithole is not ready to die.
It is said that life happens when we make other plans. Often in ways we could never conceive. Fortunate never imagined herself shrunk in bed in the Boland town of Franschhoek, unable to walk as she waits for ‘her day’. Fortunate is very ill; some say she has mere days left to live. ‘But, I have not written my novel yet,’ she counters. ‘What about the story I have to tell?’ Her eyes are big and shiny, her cheek bones pointed over a pearly grin.