“When he appeared for us, he did not do so as a man who is appearing for strangers, he did so as his contribution to a great cause to which we were all committed.” Nelson Mandela said of George Bizos, who passed away on Wednesday 9 September 2020. In the 1963-4 Rivonia Trial, Bizos was a member of the defense team. (source Nelson Mandela Foundation)

SECTION27 staff continue to work remotely until further notice. Our advice desk will only conduct telephonic consultations. The numbers to call or WhatsApp are 060 754 0751 or 067 419 6841. The public interest organisations legal support hotline continues to be available to the public to contact regarding rights violations: 066 076 8845. 

Thursday 17 September

Executive Director, Umunyana Rugege will deliver a presentation at closing plenary of the 2020 Public Health Law Virtual Summit: COVID-19 Response and Recovery, which takes place on 16 – 17 September. The title of the session is: From Global to Local: Guiding COVID-19 Law and Policy.

Register here.

#OurNSP: National Strategic Plan for Gender-based Violence and Femicide Webinars

Members of the SECTION27 team continue to support the work of the Call to Action civil society collective working to combat gender-based violence and femicide. This week we look at the distinction between the role of the GBVF Fund and the National Council on GBVF.  Follow updates on Facebook and Twitter.

The week that was

As the rollout of school meals continues to improve, education departments must ensure that learners who are only back in classrooms on certain days, or learners who have permission to stay home, are still able to get food. Read the latest update from our National School Nutrition Programme case here.

Congratulations to Advocate Thabang Pooe, for her well-deserved feature in the Mail and Guardian’s list of 200 Young South Africans! “Thabang Pooe has made it her mission to embrace her talents so that she can inspire other women to do the same.” Click here to continue reading. ‪

We would like to thank everyone who registered for the #Run4SocialJustice on Saturday 12 September in support of SECTION27. If you were not able to join the fun run but still wish to make your investment to social justice and support SECTION27, you can sign up as a monthly donor for R100 per month or give a once off donation. Signup here.

SECTION27 seeks to appoint an Attorney, based in Johannesburg.  Applications close 18 September 2020.

Criteria:

  • ‪Admitted Attorney with at least 5 years’ post-admission experience
  • ‪Experience in High Court litigation
  • ‪Knowledge of human rights law

For more information visit: ‪ https://section27.org.za/vacancies/

Stronger governance is at the heart of addressing the health workforce crisis

Plans like South Africa’s new Human Resources for Health Strategy 2030 must be backed by political support and appropriate, capacitated institutional structures to bring about meaningful change, argue Manya van Ryneveld, Uta Lehmann and Helen Schneider.

COVID-19: How mechanical ventilation has saved lives at Groote Schuur Hospital

While high-flow nasal oxygen has been one of the success stories of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not always enough. Sometimes more invasive mechanical ventilation is required. Tiyese Jeranji spoke to Professor Ross Hofmeyr about what mechanical ventilation entails and the measures his team at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town have employed to successfully manage these critical COVID-19 cases.

Opinion: What PPE graft means for NHI

Even as the need for a more equitable health system is being demonstrated, news has broken of large-scale corruption in the procurement of PPE. This makes it difficult for a population worn down by corruption to envisage the transformation of the health system into a system of contracting and procurement under National Health Insurance, writes Sasha Stevenson.