“Accountability is a statement of personal promise, both to yourself and to the people around you, to deliver specific defined results.”

– Brian Dive, international manager, consultant and author.

 

Monday 21 October

Field Researcher, Sifiso Nkala will attend the Men’s Parliament final plenary meeting in Gert Sibande ahead of Men’s Parliament which commences on Wednesday 23 October 2019.

Monday 21 – Friday 25 October

Legal Research, Vuyisile Malinga and Attorney, Sheniece Linderboom will be conducting sexual reproductive health rights and sexual violence workshops for learners in the Free State.

On the 25 October, a sexual reproductive health rights and sexual violence workshop will also be presented at the University of Johannesburg.

Tuesday 22 October

Team education will be presenting the Limpopo Sanitation Report to the Basic Education Portfolio Committee in National Parliament.

Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 October

Field Researcher, Patrick Mdletshe will be attending the Treatment Action Campaign: Provincial Strategic Planning meeting in Bloemfontein, Free State. The purpose of this meeting is to review the work of the Treatment Action Campaign, accomplished together with partner organisations, in the province.

Tuesday 22 October

Field Researcher, Sifiso Nkala will be attending a meeting with NEHAWU at the Gert Sibande district office. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss insourcing of community health workers and the National Health Insurance in relation to matters specific to Gert Sibande.

Wednesday 23 October

Team education will attend the High Court hearing in Pietermaritzburg in the matter of Equal Education vs. the MEC for Education: KwaZulu Natal and Others.  SECTION27 will be representing Siphilisa Isizwe from the Disabled Peoples’ Organisation in this matter as an amicus curiae.

In a court order in November 2017, the Provincial Department of Education had agreed to publish a learner transport policy that included learners with disabilities as part of a settlement agreement between the Provincial Department of Education, Equal Education and the amicus curiae.  To date, the policy has still not been published. SECTION27 will support Equal Education in arguing that the Provincial government has failed to comply with the court order of November 2017.

Wednesday 23 October

Attorney, Nkululeko Conco will participate in a panel discussion on public advocacy as a form of activism against state capture at the Civil Society – Defeating State Capture and Rebuilding the State conference. The conference will be hosted by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and the Public Affairs Research Institute in Johannesburg. Featured speakers include: Former Constitutional Court Justice, Johann Kriegler who will speak about how state capture continues to erode Constitutional democracy; Former Deputy Minister of Finance, and author of After Dawn – Hope after State Capture, Mcebisi Jonas who will speak on the role of civil society in protecting state institutions from capture; and SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter speaking on how the Nugent Commission’s recommendations are being implemented.  SECTION27 Head of Communications, Nontsikelelo Mpulo will be attendance.

 

Thursday 24 October

SECTION27 final board meeting for the year is scheduled at the Norton Rose offices in Sandton.

Thursday 24 October

Sifiso Nkala will be attending the Msukaligwa Municipal AIDS Council meeting. This purpose of this meeting is to assess the progress being made in the fight against HIV/TB and to discuss future interventions against HIV/TB.

In Spotlight:

63 000 TB deaths in SA in 2018

A total of 63 000 people died of tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa in 2018, according to new figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday. Two thirds of the 63 000 people (42 000) were HIV positive.

https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2019/10/18/63-000-tb-deaths-in-sa-in-2018/

Provinces not on same page regarding clinic committees

Information recently presented in parliament sheds light on how many clinic health committees there are in each province and how many members these committees have. Such clinic committees are a requirement in terms of the National Health Act, but provinces have some flexibility in determining how these structures should be constituted and how they should function.

https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2019/10/17/provinces-not-on-same-page-regarding-clinic-committees/

Shocking figures revive calls for mental health reforms

Some experts are calling for mental health reforms in South Africa following shocking figures presented in parliament and a new report on mental health spending.

https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2019/10/15/shocking-figures-revive-calls-for-mental-health-reforms/