“It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference.” – Wangarĩ Muta Maathai

Wangarĩ Muta Maathai was a renowned Kenyan social, environmental and political activist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Prize.

 

Monday 24 February

Dr Emile Zitske, a senior lecturer in the School of Law at Wits, will give members of the SECTION27 team a seminar on the law of delict and the Constitution.

Field Researchers, Solange Milambo and Annah Maluleke will conduct Sexual Reproductive Health Rights & Sexual Violence Workshops in Vhembe District during the course of the week.

Researcher, Thuthukile Mbatha will be speaking on a panel at the AIDS and Rights Alliance of Southern Africa (ARASA) regional leadership training workshop taking place in Johannesburg from 24 to 28 February 2020. Her discussion will be focusing on the role and importance of movements in this digital world.

On the 24th of February, civil society organisations will meet at SECTION27 ahead of the 2020 Budget Speech on Wednesday the 26th for pre-budget training, conducted by members of the Budget Justice Coalition. This gathering aims to equip civil society organisations to analyse the budget and to strategize our position on it.

 

Tuesday 25 – 29 February

Executive Director, Umunyana Rugege, and Heads of Education and Health Programs, Faranaaz and Sasha Stevenson, will attend the second convening on Advancing Equal Rights in Constitutions in Naivasha, Kenya. The convening, hosted by Uraia Trust and the World Policy Analysis Centre, aims to build a network that is multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary, and impact-oriented to launch an online platform to host useful tools for those seeking to write and amend constitutions, advocate for the realisation of rights, build movements, and share or access training materials.

Thuthukile will attend the HIVOS Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Fund Consultative dialogue taking place in Harare from 25 to 27 February 2020. The discussion will focus on the importance of advocating for dual age of consent – for sex and for accessing sexual and reproductive health services, in the Southern African Development Community. Thuthukile will present on the South African model, its benefits and challenges on the ground.

 

Wednesday 26 February

Attorney, Samantha Brener will be speaking at the inaugural education Changemakers leadership training programme hosted by YALI Regional Leadership Centre and the Trevor Noah Foundation. Samantha will be contributing to the discussion on the regulatory framework for education.

Field Researcher, Sifiso Nkala, will conduct Sexual Reproductive Health Rights & Sexual Violence Workshops at Buhlebezwe Primary school, Mpumalanga.

SECTION27 Budget Analyst Daniel McLaren will be commenting on the 2020 Budget along with other members of the Budget Justice Coalition (BJC). To arrange interviews please contact Julia Chaskalson on 083 440 2674 or Boitumelo Masipa on 081 452 9096.

 

Thursday 27 February

Attorney, Etkaa Deochand will be speaking on a panel at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) dialogue on Abortion Services.

Members of the SECTION27 team will attend a workshop organised by the SAHRC on the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ (CESCR) Concluding Observations for South Africa The aim of this workshop is to determine what steps have been taken by the government to make sure that the recommendations by the CESCR are implemented.

 

In Spotlight

What it’s like: Being a cleaner at the Charlotte Maxeke casualty ward.

As a cleaner at the emergency casualty ward at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg, Sakhile Masombuka has seen a lot of blood and suffering. He chatted to Spotlight about his work.

https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2020/02/17/what-its-like-being-a-cleaner-at-the-charlotte-maxeke-casualty-ward/

Behind the scenes at Kimberley’s shiny, new, half-empty mental health hospital.

Seven kilometres from Kimberley’s famous Big Hole, sits another of the mining city’s record-breaking landmarks: South Africa’s most expensive mental health hospital.

https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2020/02/18/behind-the-scenes-at-kimberleys-shiny-new-half-empty-mental-health-hospital/

Language barriers and overworked staff in Barkly West.

In a candid interview, Aletta and James Wilscott of Barkly West in the Northern Cape lay bare the everyday challenges they face at the town’s Professor ZK Matthews Hospital. Spotlight visited the hospital to learn more.

https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2020/02/20/language-barriers-and-overworked-staff-in-barkly-west/

What’s it like: Being a midwife in South Africa.

While the word midwife often conjures up images of old-fashioned births, the profession is still a vital part of modern health care. Spotlight spoke to some midwives and those involved in training about what it takes to be a midwife.

https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2020/02/21/whats-it-like-being-a-midwife-in-south-africa/.