“I have never seen South Africa like this. We were playing for the people back home. We can achieve anything if we work together as one.”
– Siya Kolisi, Springbok rugby captain, Yokohama Japan, 2 November 2019
The Week Ahead
Tuesday 5 –Wednesday 6 November
Attorney Sheniece Linderbroom, Field Researcher Solanga Milambo and Legal Researcher Vuyisile Malinga will be consulting with Rivoni School for the Blind in Makhado who seek assistance with regard to challenges they presently face. Rivoni was one of the twenty-two schools for the blind that were part of the SECTION27 Braille Settlement Matter.
SECTION27’s Executive Director, Umunyana Rugege will participate and make presentations in “The Struggle for Health and Access to Affordable Medicines” training course at the International Peoples Health University (IPHU), Cape Town. This training is organised by the Peoples Health Movement (PHM) and Third World Network (TWN) for young public health professionals and health activists from around Africa.
Tuesday 5 – Friday 8 November
Advocacy Officer, Vuyokazi Gonyela will be attending the Treatment Action Campaign Provincial Annual Review in Limpopo
Wednesday 6 November
Budget Analyst Daniel Mclaren will be in Parliament co-presenting the submission of the Budget Justice Coalition to the Finance Committee on the Mid-term Budget Policy Speech.
The week that was:
On the 31 October – 01 November, SECTION27 hosted the 2019 Public Interest Law Gathering (PILG) at the University of Witwatersrand. PILG was attended by public interest law centres, including Lawyers for Human Rights, Women’s Legal Centre, Legal Resources, Wits Law School, Equal Education Law Centre, the Centre for Child Law and several other civil society and public interest law organisations. The theme for this year’s PILG was “Women in Leadership: Transforming the Public Interest Law Sector”. Discussions were robust and thought-provoking and encouraged extended conversation for a strategy to unite civil societies in a feminist discourse. Professor Pumla Gqola, Nomboniso Gasa and Nicolette Naylor featured as keynote speakers. The topics grappled with included: “[In]access to land and housing: A focus on gender”; “Sexual violence in schools –accountability and interventions”; and “Gender and Climate Change”. Thank you to everyone who made this event a success.
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