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Commissioners provide guidance in developing the vision of the institution by setting its priorities and ensuring that its policies, programmes and allocated resources are consistent with their vision. This is done through exercising good corporate governance and providing leadership and guidance on the professional work of the Commission. Commissioners hold fortnightly performance reporting meetings with the CEO to oversee the quarterly plenary reporting processes.

The Commissioners are the public face of the Commission, representing the organisation not only at national, regional and international forums, but also interacting with local communities and stakeholders at the national level, as required, to mainstream human rights issues. In addition to the policy and legislative mandates of the Commission, Commissioners adopted a document called the Human Rights Matrix.

This document tracks the various human rights obligations of South Africa at the international, regional and domestic levels. It is a tool that assists in facilitating, through the guidance of human rights legal instruments, the principles and pronouncements, and the identification of the Commissioners’ strategic focus areas and priorities. It also assists in identifying the unique role of the Commission as a national human rights institution.

The strategic priority areas which are in line with the Human Rights Matrix were identified, discussed and integrated into the Strategic Plan. The Commissioners also assigned specific provinces and United Nations treaty bodies amongst themselves. These strategic priority areas, treaty bodies and provinces are set out in below.

Strategic focus areas
UN treaty bodies
Chairperson, Commissioner M L Mushwana Migration, Equality Mpumalanga Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Deputy Chairperson, Commissioner P
Basic Services, Health Care Gauteng and Western Cape Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
Commissioner L Mokate Basic Education,Children KwaZulu-Natal Convention on the Rights of the Child
Commissioner M Ameermia Housing Free State and North West
Commissioner B Malatji Disability, Older Persons Limpopo Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities
Commissioner J Love (part-time) Environment, Natural Resources, Rural Development Eastern Cape International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Commissioner D Titus (part time) Human Rights and Law Enforcement, Prevention of Torture Northern Cape Convention against Torture Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights


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SAHRC Programmes

Since its establishment, the SAHRC has dedicated itself to:
•  Raising awareness;
•  Monitoring and assessment;
•  Education and training
•  Addressing human rights violations

How can the SAHRC help?

The SAHRC promotes, protects and monitors human rights in South Africa. It also has a specific responsibility to promote and monitor the implemen-
tation of PAIA.


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21 March - Human Rights Day
27 April – Freedom day
1 May - Workers day
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