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Thursday, 10 July 2014 - 14:14

This is a timeline of events over the last 24 hours of the Free State civil disobedience by activists and healthcare workers. This will be udpated here as new developments unfold. You can also follow our twitter feed for live updates @TAC #FSHealthCrisis 
 
27 June 2014
Community health workers gather at Bophelo House in Bloemfontein, the headquarters of the Free State Department of Health. Their contracts had not been renewed and they had not been offered an explanation. A meeting with a health official leads to an agreement that a meeting with Health MEC Benny Malakoane...

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Thursday, 10 July 2014 - 04:47

Police arrest over 100 community health workers and activists staging peaceful night vigil outside Free State Health MECs office
 
BLOEMFONTEIN, 10th July, 04H00: Over 100 community healthcare workers and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) members were arrested during the early hours of this morning by police in Bloemfontein following a night vigil sit-in at Bophelo House, the head office of the Free State Department of Health. The vigil started last night. The group, mostly elder women, have been taken to Park Road Police Station in Bloemfontein. They had...

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014 - 20:29

MEC Malakoane must be fired

In recent months the collapse of the Free State health system has turned into a crisis with disastrous consequences for many people who depend on the province's public health system. The MEC for Health, Benny Malakoane, and the Premier of the province, Ace Mashagule, have both failed to respond with any urgency to the crisis.
 
During a sit-in at Bophelo House (the seat of the Free State Department of Health in Bloemfontein) on the 27th of June by members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and community healthcare...

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Thursday, 3 July 2014 - 09:08

FREE STATE HEALTH MORATORIUM - ROUND II

FIRE HEALTH MEC BENNY MALAKOANE!
 
3 JULY 2014, BLOEMFONTEIN: An effective moratorium has been placed on certain public health services in the Free State, a Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) investigation has revealed.
 
For over a year we have released alerts, stating our concern over a slowly collapsing public health system, the evidence of which is borne out of the many stories we receive on a frequent basis from those who are dependent on this crumbling health system....

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Friday, 27 June 2014 - 12:07

BLOEMFONTEIN, 27th June: Over 50 community healthcare workers from Bloemfontein are currently staging a sit-in within Bophelo House - the headquarters of the Free State Health Department - in frustration over the on-going crisis in the provincial health system. A demonstration was held throughout the night to highlight the urgent need for action to address the collapsing health system and in particular draw attention to the non-payment and uncertain employment status of community healthcare workers in the province.  
 
In April the MEC of Health, Benny Malakoane sent a...

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