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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

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  • Pupils with disabilities have a constitutional right to school transport and failure to provide it is discriminatory. A case will be heard in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday that will put these rights – and government failures – in the spotlight. By PUSELETSO NTHATE.
  • The Northern Gauteng High Court recently ruled that all child offenders, victims and witnesses may be identified once they have turned 18. This was a victory for twelve media houses who opposed an application by the Centre for Child Law, Childline SA and ‘Zephany Nurse’ to protect the identities of children even after they had turned 18. The judgment will be appealed.
  • South Gauteng High Court rules that public schools should not favour any one religion over others.
  • "There is a notion that the grants influence young kids, young girls to produce children ... the evidence before us over a period from 1998 to 2016 doesn't show that. It doesn't show any increase in the proportion of teenagers who are giving birth, therefore dismissing and dispensing with that myth which is popular [among] parents especially in rural areas."
  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 10:00

    Play is the most important activity of childhood – yet the one that adults neglect the most!

    When the South African Government signed and ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC) and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) it became responsible to meet certain obligations to provide for the best interests of all children.  ACTPSA commissioned a Policy Document to review the status of the Right to Play in Southern Africa (Article 31 – UNCRC and Article 12 – ACRWC). 

    The launch of The Child’s Right to Play: a policy brief for South Africa will take place on 31 May 2017.  The programme includes a presentation by Senior Landscape Architect of GIBB Engineering and Architecture, Lizelle Wolmarans, who has been involved in the development of several playgrounds.  After a short overview of the global neglect of play and the play policies put in place by various South African government departments, we will consider the way forward.  Each participant will receive a copy of the Play Policy Brief.

    Email: [email protected] 

    Tel: (+27) 11 484 3633

    Cell: (+27) 73 832 5362

  • JOHANNESBURG - One in three children in South Africa fall victim to physical, sexual or emotional abuse before their 18th birthday. That’s the shocking statistic released by the Social Development Department.
  • A civil society group has welcomed the government’s plans to allocate ring-fenced funds for thousands of pupils in need of scholar transport. The announcement by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga yesterday followed the death of 18 pupils in Mpumalanga, who were ferried by privately hired minibus taxis to two Gauteng schools – Refano Primary and Mahlenga Secondary schools. Their taxi and a horse-and-trailer collided on the R25 between Bronkhorstspruit (Gauteng) and Groblersdal last month. The distance between Wolvenkop, where the pupils’ homes were, and Bronkhorstspruit, where they studied, was about 46km, according to Google. They travelled to Gauteng because their nearest schools were not offering isiZulu but isiNdebele.
  • Reported incidents of malnutrition in children under the age of five in the Free State Province and young mothers who give birth at home without the supervision of a qualified midwife, could thwart South Africa’s efforts towards the achievement of the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, also called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 12:15

    South Africa has a liberal landscape regarding adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights. Adolescents have the right to consent to sex from the age of 16, and the right to access several sexual and reproductive health services granted that they meet certain age, capacity and public policy requirements. Furthermore, recent amendments to the Sexual Offences Act have decriminalized consensual underage sex for adolescent peers aged 12 – 15, and those between 12 -15 and 16 – 17 granted that there is no more than a two year age gap between them. This seminar details recent amendments to the law on underage sex and considers the implications for researchers and service providers. It also reviews the various criteria that need to be considered for adolescents to access various sexual and reproductive health services.

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 08:00 to Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 17:00