Wednesday, 1 April 2015 - 14:19

On Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29 the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) National Council (NC) met in Bloemfontein in the Free State. On Sunday afternoon the council received the news of a press statement released by Zwelinzima Vavi in which he explains why he will not be attending a Cosatu Central Executive Committee meeting on Monday 31 March and Tuesday 1 April. On Monday evening we received the news that Mr Vavi had been expelled from Cosatu.
 
The TAC is deeply dismayed by these further divisions in the trade union movement in South Africa.
 
In the early...

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015 - 11:59

 “I am grateful to hear that the government provides these things called ambulances. I have never seen an ambulance in my area.” – testimony from Xhora Mouth resident
 
EAST LONDON, 30 March 2015 – Two years ago, Nqileni Village in the Xhora Mouth area laid a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) about the lack of emergency medical services (EMS) in their community. On 25 and 26 March 2015, the SAHRC held a provincial hearing on EMS in the entire Eastern Cape province. The panel, comprising Deputy Chair Pregs Govender, Commissioner Bokankatla...

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 - 17:37

31st MARCH 2015, BLOEMFONTEIN – The National Prosecuting Authority this week opted to pursue its decision to prosecute 117 community health care workers (CHWs) and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) members in the Free State who were involved in a peaceful night vigil on July 10 2014.
 
The peaceful night vigil was a desperate last resort to call for their jobs back and to protest the dysfunction in the province’s healthcare system. However, instead of receiving a reasonable response from the authorities, the group were bundled into the back of police vans and locked up...

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Monday, 30 March 2015 - 06:23

- “We often experience shortages of HIV testing kits, gloves, needles, and other equipment. Why were we fired? I do not know. I am now dependent on my parents who are also struggling” - Mokhitli Mokhehle, Botshabelo
 
30th MARCH, BLOEMFONTEIN: Today the trial of the 118 community healthcare workers (CHWs) and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) members arrested on 10th July 2014 began in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court. The CHWs, TAC, People’s Health Movement South Africa, the Alternative Information Development Centre (AIDC), Rural Health...

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 - 09:14

by Johnny Clegg
 
In September last year I was shocked to learn that Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death in South Africa.
 
Over the years many of my friends, including members of my earlier music projects, contracted TB but were thankfully diagnosed early and we were able to help them. Two years ago, the daughter of my French manager contracted TB. When I heard of TB’s deadly impact last year, I began to take interest in this disease and some interesting facts caught my attention.  The first is that TB is a bacteria which can live...

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