Programme Officer: Advocacy and Communications at TEKANO
Elroy PAULUS joined Tekano in May 2017. He has been called a veteran worker for socio-economic justice in the non-governmental sector. Since 1997, he has worked for several institutions, including Fair Share UWC School of Government, COSATU (Parliamentary Office, as Research Coordinator), the Black Sash Trust (Advocacy Manager). He trained as a medical technologist in Chemical Pathology (1986 – 1996) at Groote Schuur Hospital and UCT Medical School.
He started out working in the health sector, and is likely to end his working career doing so – a rare but fulfilling privilege. His experience in various sectors of work pushing the South African State’s, and the organs of state’s, obligations to make its Constitutional imperatives a reality, has been a rich experience. It enabled him to engage in several advocacy initiatives that deal with the multidimensional nature of poverty and inequality, in the social security, labour and health sectors.
He is, and continues to learn to be, acutely aware which collective advocacy approaches would be most strategic. He currently serves as Treasurer for the Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG) and is Deputy Chairperson of People’s Health Movement South Africa.