SECTION27 is pleased to announce the appointment of Maternal, Child and Women’s Health specialist, Professor Eddie Mhlanga, child law expert Professor Ann Skelton, former SRC president at Wits University, Shaeera Kalla, and former Constitutional Court Justice, Johan Froneman to its board of directors.

We are also pleased to announce that Alice Brown, who has been Acting Board Chair since July 2019, has now been confirmed as the Chair for a term ending July 2022.

Professor Eddie Mhlanga is a member of the National Committee on the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths. As director of Maternal, Child and Women’s Health for the Department of Health, Dr Mhlanga has been instrumental in implementing the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act. He is currently the Provincial Specialist of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for the Department of Health in Mpumalanga.

Professor Ann Skelton  is a Law Professor at the University of Pretoria, where she holds the UNESCO Chair: Education Law in Africa. She  has appeared as counsel in many landmark child law cases in the South African superior courts, including 12 cases in the Constitutional Court. Ann is an internationally recognised expert in children’s rights and she has been a member of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child since 2017.

Shaeera Kalla is the co-founder of The Mbegu Platform – an incubator for community-driven socially impactful ideas and was recognised in 2016 as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans in the Mail & Guardian. She holds a Master’s degree in African Studies from Oxford University, and a Bachelor of Commerce and BA Honours from the University of the Witwatersrand. Shaeera was the President of the Wits Student Representative Council and one of the many students at the forefront of the #FeesMustFall protests in 2015/16.

Justice Froneman was appointed as a justice of the Constitutional Court in 2009. He retired from the apex court in June 2020. Outside of legal practice and his judicial responsibilities, Justice Froneman taught at several universities. For five years, he was Professor Extraordinaire at Stellenbosch University where he gave lectures in Human Rights at LLM level. He attended Harvard and Oxford Universities in 1999 and 2008, respectively, in a visiting capacity.

“The board of directors is pleased to welcome these outstanding and committed champions for human rights and social justice to our team. We look forward to working with them to advance the rights to health and education,” says Board Chair, Alice Brown.

Professor Mhlanga, Professor Skelton, Shaeera Kalla and Justice Froneman join Alice Brown, Dr Brian Brink, Brent Botha, Elouise Kelly, Nompumelelo Seme, Nic Spaull and Umunyana Rugege (ex officio) on the SECTION27 board.