Justice Edwin Cameron is a judge in South Africa’s Constitutional Court. He is also a gay man living openly with HIV. On 9 December 2018 he addressed members, supporters and allies of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) at the TAC’s 20-year celebrations at the Women’s jail at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. Justice Cameron spoke about stigma, evidence and the law. As always, he is worth listening to.
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) turned 20 on 10 December 2018. On the evening of the 9th of December Dr Fareed Abdullah addressed TAC
members, supporters and allies at the Women’s Jail at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. He provided an overview of the past 20 years in
South Africa’s AIDS response and provided a frank assessment of the work still ahead of us. Abdullah is currently responsible for
tuberculosis at the South African Medical Research Council and was previously the CEO of the South African National AIDS Council. The
sound quality of this recording is not very good. We apologise for that.
A recent judgement of South Africa’s Constitutional Court ruled that individuals have the right to grow and use marijuana. Buying and selling marijuana however remains illegal. In this edition of the Spotlight Podcast, host Nomatter Ndebele chats to Dr Michael Herbst of the Cancer Association of South Africa about the implications of the judgement. They also discuss the scientific evidence for various medical uses of marijuana, the drug’s potential role in healthcare in South Africa, and what needs to happen next in terms of legislation.
At a recent civil society meeting jointly hosted by SECTION27 and Spotlight, Sasha Stevenson, head of health at SECTION27, presented on the implications of NHI and HMI for access to healthcare in South Africa. We now make her informative and thought-provoking presentation available as a podcast. (We apologise for the poor quality of the recording.)
In episode 2 we catch up with the processes around the Life Esidimeni tragedy. Christine Nxumalo discusses what further action the families are hoping for. Tendai Mafuma provides fascinating insights into the prospects for criminal liability. Mark Heywood gives his views on the politics surrounding the case and what that means for accountability.
In this first episode of the Spotlight podcast host Nomatter Ndebele speaks to Dr Daphney Conco of Wits about what SRHR is and why it matters. We also hear from Vuyokazi Gonyela of TAC about their SRHR work in provinces. Finally, Nomatter chats to Spotlight guest editor Thuthu Mbatha about some of the highlights in the special Youth edition of Spotlight. Continue reading “Episode 1: Sexual and reproductive health rights”