31st October 2018
CoRMSA attended and participated in a conference in August 2018 hosted by Public Service International (PSI) on the National Health Insurance (NHI). At this conference CoRMSA presented the importance of including and expanding access to basic healthcare service for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers being stipulated in the current NHI Bill. The conference resulted in various resolutions and highlighted that campaigning and advocacy is urgent. It was agreed that a Task Team be formed of Trade Union federations and progressive Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) to take these efforts forward.
On the 31st October 2018 Trade Union Federations and Civil Society organizations met to revisit the resolutions and concretize the task team and plans going forward. One of the resolutions of the conference was that ‘all inhabitants of the world must have access to our hospitals. This is irrespective of race, gender, religion, sexuality, and nationality. The conference supported better research into migrant experiences and uses of public hospitals. there was a recognition for the need for greater understanding of migrant rights’
Discussion of this resolution with the task team resulted in the resolution to be broadened to prioritize broad access to basic health care for all people in South Africa regardless of documentation. Furthermore an addition to this resolution emphasized that discussions on access to health for migrants should shift from focusing on overcrowding of facilities but rather point to incapacity of the Department of Health to provide basic services.
The Task Team highlighted key problems in the current NHI Bill. These included: exclusion of access to health for undocumented migrants, clarity on how the NHI fund will be administrated, lack of representation on the advisory committees as set out in Gazzette July 2017 by Trade Unions and CSO’s- this means that implementation plans and the Ministers informants will be skewed towards private party interests. The Task Team developed strategies and a way forward. This will be finalized and communicated further.
31st October 2018
CoRMSA is attending and participating at the roundtable dialogue on the ‘Prevention and Combating Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill’, with the view of better understanding and assessing potential implications once the Bill is enacted. CoRMSA is one of the founding member of the Hate Crime Working group.
The objectives of the roundtable are to:
The roundtable is taking place in Cape Town, Western Cape. Continue to follow our social media platforms and website posts for updates on our working in the Hate Crimes Working Bill
CoRMSA Director, Thifulufheli Sinthumule is attending the 4thDonor Conference hosted by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development in Pretoria, at the Southern Sun Hotel, Pretoria. The conference was officially opened by Minister Adv Masutha. The aim of the Conference is to create a platform for engagement and collaboration between the DOJ&CD and the donor sector, which includes traditional donors, the private and philanthropic sectors. The Conference will also focus on strengthening institutional mechanisms to improve and enhance cooperation between donors and government’s strategic objectives, as outlined in the National Development Plan and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Wednesday 31st November
In August 2018 CoRMSA participated in a National Health Insurance (NHI) conference hosted by Public Service International (PSI) speaking to access to health for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers in South Africa. One of the resolutions from the conference was the formation of a NHI Task Team. Abigail Dawson will be attending the NHI Task Team Meeting advocating for broader and comprehensive access to health for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers.
Muluti Phiri, CoRMSA’s advocacy officer, is attending Save The Children’s workshop on child’s rights and business principles. The aim of this workshop is to equip CSO’S and Trade Unions with knowledge of Child’s Rights and Business Impacts and CRBP; Strengthen Civil Society Organizations on child rights and business; To identify and understand contextual child right and business impacts; To map out stakeholders/sectors (Business, CSOs and Trade Unions in the province with the view of putting together a joint plan action for the realisation of child rights.
Thifulufheli Sinthumule, will be in Cape Town attending a roundtable dialogue on the Prevention and Combating Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill. CoRMSA was one of the founding members of the Hate Crimes Working Group and has been making inputs and monitoring the drafting of the Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill.
Friday 2nd November
Muluti Phiri will be attending the Provincial Steering Committee meeting on Unaccompanied and Separated Children Migrant Children hosted at the Department of Social Development offices in Germiston in partnership with Save The Children. CoRMSA is a key member of this committee and uses this platform to advance the promotion and protection of children on move, unaccompanied and separated children.
Today CoRMSA is participating at the 4th Donor Conference hosted by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development in Pretoria, at the Southern Sun Hotel. The conference was officially opened by Minister Adv Masutha.
The aim of the Conference is to create a platform for engagement and collaboration between the DOJ&CD and the donor sector, which includes traditional donors, the private and philanthropic sectors. The Conference will also focus on strengthening institutional mechanisms to improve and enhance cooperation between donors and government’s strategic objectives, as outlined in the National Development Plan and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
CoRMSA hopes to establish various partnerships with different entities to strengthen the protection and promotion of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants rights in the country, regionally, continentally and globally.
Read the conference concept note here
Today, 25th October CoRMSA is attending a roundtable discussion themed “keep them out: costs of South Africa’s Migration Policy” at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) offices in Brooklyn, Pretoria. Panelists are Aimee-Noel Mbiyozo from ISS and Corey Johnson from The Scalabrini Centre in Cape Town chaired by Ottilia Anna Maunganidze from ISS.
The event is based on the new Policy Brief by Aimée-Noël Mbiyozo entitled ‘Aligning South Africa’s migration policies with its African vision’, to download the brief, click here. https://issafrica.org/media-resources/videos-and-infographics/iss-live-keep-them-out-costs-of-south-africas-migration-policy
Follow our social media feed for further updates on the panel discussion.
CoRMSA attended the SADC Civil Society Forum in Namibia in August 2018. Follow the links for the final communique from the forum is in the link. It is disappointing that migration has not been highlighted in this document, the issues raised by CoRMSA can be found on pages 4-5 of final communique.
The final Communique from the Windhoek SADC Summit can be found here.
Today CoRMSA commemorates the courageous women, who on this day fought for justice and freedom in 1956. As women we continue this fight recognising the strength and sacrifices of women living in South Africa. We demand the equal inclusion of all women in South Africa in which they can live free of fear, sexual harassment and violence. We will be heard. We will fight! Read and share our press statement.
High numbers of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants face denial of services and discrimination in trying to access health care services in South Africa. As part of CoRMSA’s information sharing and advocacy efforts a guide to Defining the Health Rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers has been updated.
This hopes to educate refugees, asylum seekers, health care practitioners and civil society on protecting the rights of refugees and asylum seekers and ensuring they are granted access to basic services and life saving treatment.
Please share this guide widely as a tool for education and advocating for the promotion and protection of refugee, asylum seeker and migrant rights.
CoRMSA will be attending and participating in the 14th Civil Society Forum (CSF) in Windhoek, Namibia from the 13th-15th August.
The CSF is organised in partnership with the Alliance Pact of SADC Council of NGOs (SADC-CNGO), Southern African Trade Union Coordination Council (SATUCC) and Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA).
The annual CSF meetings aims to bring civil society organizations from the region together to reflect, dialogue and engage the political leadership of the region on matters of regional integration and development. The CSF space provides an opportunity to consolidate and make use of strategic alliances and partnerships across the region to encourage and enable the effective engagement, structural transformation and inclusive development.
CoRMSA and Lawyers for Human Rights is hosting a capacity building workshop today in Mpumalanga. This workshop will equip legal advice offices and CSO’s with knowledge and legal tools in working towards ending statelessness. Following the workshop a detailed report and feedback will be posted here so keep following our current events