“It is better to die for an idea that will live, than to live for an idea that will die.”– Bantu Steven Biko
Monday 16 September – Thursday 19 September
SECTION27 Regional Fellow, Zwelithini Matsotso will attend training on Health Governance in Southern Africa aimed at Health Funders Medical Scheme Trustees at WITS Business School.
Tuesday 17 September – Thursday 19 September
Attorney Nkululeko Conco will be attending the public hearings of the Section 59 Investigation Panel at the Council for Medical Schemes’ office in Centurion. The Council for Medical Schemes launched the Section 59 Investigation Panel in order to investigate alleged race discrimination by medical schemes against service providers. Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi (SC) chairs the panel together with Advocates Adila Hassim and Kerry Williams.
Tuesday 17 September – Wednesday 18 September
Researcher Thuthukile Mbatha and Legal Researcher Motheo Brodie will be in the Mangaung District in the Free State conducting workshops on sexual violence in schools and sexual reproductive health rights.
Wednesday 18 September
Head of Health Sasha Stevenson will be speaking in the closing plenary at the Public Health Association of South Africa conference in Cape Town. The title of the plenary is ‘Equity in Health and health care: Has democracy failed the poor? What next?’
Wednesday 18 – Thursday 19 September
Head of the Education Rights Programme, Faranaaz Veriava, Attorney Samantha Brener and Legal Researcher Vuyisile Malinga will be in Makhanda, Eastern Cape for a hearing of the Phakamisa case on undocumented learners where SECTION27 will be intervening as amicus curiae (friend of the court). You can find our heads of argument here
Thursday 19 September
Community Mobiliser Sifiso Nkala will be at the Msukaligwa municipality, a Gert Sibande sub municipality to conduct NSP, SRHR and Sexual violence training. The training will take place at Msukaligwa Civic hall where he will also be reporting on the Civil Society Implementation Plan to enable AIDS councils to support the response to HIV and TB at municipal leve..
Attorney Sheniece Linderboom will attend a breakfast event hosted by the Trevor Noah Foundation, Activate, GIBS Business School and the British Council #CodeREaD at GIBS. The breakfast is an opportunity to break bread, co-create, share stories, and RE-imagine South African youth literacy. The event will bring together young social innovators, literacy and reading-for-pleasure experts, business, civil society organisations working with youth and digital literacy and education institutions. The aim is to co-create a multi-stakeholder action plan that all participants will be a party to, ensuring dialogue that leads to transformative social action.
Spotlight on NHI: Exclusion of vulnerable groups opens NHI up to legal challenge
It is a widely held perception that poorer South Africans rely on the public health sector for their health needs, while a smaller and more affluent section of South African society uses almost exclusively private health care providers. However, this is not an entirely correct summation of the current health situation. Research has demonstrated that depending on prevailing circumstances and your health needs, a far more significant number of South Africans use a combination of both private and public healthcare services.