Sipho Komane

Paralegal

I started with SECTION27 on 1 February 2018.

I am a paralegal and responsible for client intakes telephonically and in person. I liaise between clients and attorneys on various legal issues by providing legal advice. My role is to ensure that issues within mandate of SECTION27 are directed to precise practitioners and that client instruction is given utmost attention!

I was a community based paralegal in Mohlakeng Township since 2013. I have been charmed by this type of legal practice due to its very simple approach. I then studied towards a diploma in law wherein I graduated cum laude at the University of Johannesburg in 2015. I then co-founded a community based organisation; Community Justice Centre. In 2017, I joined Lawyers for Human Rights as a Legal Intern for the Refugees and Migrants Rights Programme- assisting the marginalised and poor migrants with access to education, documentation, health and social services.

Submission to the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry on the Copyright Amendment Bill [B13-2017]. 9 July 2021 - Executive…

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21 July 2021  Joint media statement: Hope in the fight against child hunger, as court orders government to rethink its…

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With our partners, we return to court for school meals for learners that education departments have left behind during COVID-19. #SchoolMealsNow!

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Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital

Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital reopening welcomed as victory for cancer patients.

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Fix The Patent Laws Coalition will picket outside the Department of Trade and Industry to call for patent reform for access to medicines.

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Over 200 social movements, trade unions, civil society organisations and individuals call on Parliament to reject the unconstitutional 2021 Budget and uphold human rights.

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On International Women’s Day in 2021, SECTION27 salutes women on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Despite some promising developments, the 2021 budget reduces real term funding to basic education and healthcare sectors in the medium term.

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Media Release: Basic Rights of blind and partially sighted people violated by Government Blind and partially sighted people’s basic human…

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Johannesburg: 5 February 2021 The supply of safe and effective vaccines for all is being artificially rationed because of the…

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We are also dying here - stop blocking access!

Save lives now: support the Covid-19 TRIPS Waiver! South African Civil Society organisations call on countries blocking the proposal at the WTO to change their vote.

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27 January 2021 Joint media statement: Minister Motshekga, don’t let child hunger continue! Honour the spirit of the court judgment…

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Covid-19 Vaccine Q&A - vaccine literacy cards EnglishisiZuluseSotho isiXhosa Here we answer some frequently asked questions about the Covid-19 Vaccine.…

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Dear Friends of SECTION27 What a year this has been! Our team has been busier than ever – we put…

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SECTION27 calls for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all. COVID-19 vaccines, which have been developed using public money and…

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Johannesburg 30 November 2020: Today, the HIV Policy Lab, a collaboration among academics, United Nations and civil society partners from…

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Close to a year ago, the family of Michael Komape - a five-year-old learner, who fell into a pit toilet…

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Women in social justice - Umunyana Rugege

SECTION27's Executive Director, Umunyana Rugege, on the work of our organisation, her role and her thoughts on advancing social justice.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important it is to invest in social programmes. Many of South Africa’s public services,…

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School Meals Now! #9millionmeals

3 November 2020 Joint media statement: New Equaliser survey shows there are still problems with getting food to learners who…

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The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement’s outlook for the healthcare system 3 November 2020 - The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS)…

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29 October 2020 Joint MTBPS media statement: No new money for schools, but SAA’s rescue plan equals almost a year’s…

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Fix the Patent Laws Coalition supports South Africa and India’s proposal to facilitate access to COVID-19 vaccines 15 October 2020,…

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Joint statement: Survey of Equalisers shows that most learners who are only in classrooms on certain days are not getting…

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SECTION27 welcomes its new board members Prof Eddie Mhlanga, Prof Ann Skelton, Justice Johan Froneman and Shaeera Kalla.

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Protesting for #9MillionMeals on Grayston Bridge, Johannesburg

8 September 2020 Joint statement: As the rollout of school meals continues to improve, education departments must ensure that learners…

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SECTION27's Week Ahead: 31 August - 4 September 2020 "Fighting the good fights starts with foregrounding values that matter and…

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LIFE ESIDIMENI INQUEST ONCE AGAIN ADJOURNED UNTIL 2 AUGUST 2021 Judge Mmonoa Teffo of the Pretoria High Court has postponed…

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SECTION27 is returning to the Polokwane High Court to continue the fight for safe, dignified and sanitary school toilets in Limpopo.

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Over 1.5 million learners are still not provided with National School Nutrition Programme meals, with some education departments failing to report on rollout.

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Open Letter: Former Heads of State and Nobel Laureates Call on President Biden To Waive Intellectual Property Rules for COVID…

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BlindSA and SECTION27 are taking govt to court to challenge apartheid copyright law and fight for the human rights of persons who are blind or visually impaired.

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