UPDATE ON TEXTBOOK DELIVERY FOR 2013

15 December 2012 marks the deadline for the delivery of textbooks to Limpopo schools for Grades 4, 5, 6 and 11 for 2013. This court-imposed deadline follows a failure by the Department of Basic Education and the Limpopo Department of Education to deliver textbooks to Limpopo schools for most of the 2012 academic year. Grades 4, 5, 6 and 11 will be starting the CAPS syllabus next year.

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HAVE YOU RECEIVED YOUR TEXTBOOKS AND WORKBOOKS FOR 2013?

To assist the DBE to keep its promise we urge all school governing bodies (SGBs), learner organisations, parents and unions of teachers to report any shortages or incorrect delivery of these materials to the nearest office of the DBE. Also, send your reports to the one of the following organisations who will be monitoring the DBE’s progress with delivery of books.

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PRESS RELEASE: SECTION27 SUPPORTS THE TREASURY INTERVENTION IN GAUTENG DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

SECTION27 welcomes the Gauteng Premier’s announcement on Monday, 10 December 2012, that the Provincial Treasury will intervene in respect of some functions of the Provincial Department of Health (“Department”).

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The Limpopo Department of Basic Education’s catch-up plan report November 2012

As required by the order of the North Gauteng High Court of 4 October 2012, the Department of Basic Education filed an affidavit on 30 November 2012 detailing the steps taken to ensure timeous delivery of textbooks to the CAPS grades for next year. A copy of the affidavit is attached.

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OPENING REMARKS BY MARK HEYWOOD AND VUYISEKA DUBULA TO GLOBAL ACTIVIST MEETING ON THE MEDICINES PATENT POOL (MPP) AND VOLUNTARY LICENSES

We are joined today by over 40 activists from all parts of the world, including organisations of people living with HIV, MSF, as well as individual experts and lawyers who have fought for the rights of people to access affordable quality medicines. In this room is the residue of experience from the many successful battles that changed the landscape of the response to HIV and in doing so has prevented millions of deaths.

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SECTION27 and Lawyers Against Abuse run workshop on human rights for learners at school in Central Jhb

On Thursday, 18 October 2012, SECTION27’s Nthabi Pooe and Lawyers Against Abuse, Jessica Searle and Kay Mahonde, headed off to Providence Academy in central Johannesburg to run a workshop on human rights for learners at the school.

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Traditional Courts Bill: Committee Chairperson compromises Parliament’s integrity. Civil society calls for his status to be reviewed

Today many South Africans expected the National Council of Province’s Select Committee on Security and Constitutional Development to finally deliberate on the Traditional Courts Bill following the public hearings. This is what the Committee Chairperson, Mr. Tjetha Mofokeng, indicated would be done when the consultations were concluded in September. However, Mr. Mofokeng’s actions today have done serious damage, not only to the potential validity of whatever Bill is eventually rammed through Parliament, but also to the integrity of Parliament itself.

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