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Wednesday, 27 February 2013 - 12:04

27 February, MIDRAND – Yesterday, TAC activists picketed at the Africa Intellectual Property (IP) Forum and handed over a memorandum to Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, before his keynote address. Activists were demanding that the draft IP policy, that will lead to patent law reform, be made public.
 
Minister Davies responded that the draft policy was now in its final stages and would be released for public comment soon.  He spoke of the need for South Africa’s IP policy to balance “the rights of innovators and the rights of humanity”. 
 
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Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 10:24

It is estimated that 5.6 million South Africans live with HIV. In 2010, there was an estimated 380,000 new infections. Young women between the ages of 15 and 34 are disproportionately affected. Together, HIV and poverty are fuelling the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic (with a HIV/TB co-infection rate of 70%).
 
At the end of 2011 the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) launched the National Strategic plan (NSP) for HIV, TB and STIs 2012-2016. The NSP aims amongst other things to treat three million people living with HIV by 2016 and to reduce vertical transmission of HIV (...

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Monday, 28 January 2013 - 16:01

MTHATHA / CAPE TOWN / JOHANNESBURG – After responding to a drug distribution crisis at Mthatha medical depot between 7 December and 24 January, the medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières /Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is handing all activities back to Eastern Cape health authorities. The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) will mobilize 25 volunteers to assist in the handover. During this period, the intervention mitigated widespread and dangerous regional drug stock ruptures which impacted thousands of patients. To avoid repeating crises MSF and TAC warn...

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Monday, 28 January 2013 - 15:58

An article published in The Times on Thursday, 24 January may have created a misleading impression in relation to the TAC’s NPO status.
We have sent the below letter to The Times to clarify the situation and to request a correction.
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Dear Ms Prince
This email concerns yesterday’s article in The Times (http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2013/01/24/ngos-dealt-a-fatal-blow#_=_) concerning the NPO Directorate’s recent deregistering of many organisations and marking...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012 - 00:00

Today, the Constitutional Court overturned a ruling of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in the matter of Dudley Lee vs. the Minister of Correctional Services.
This is a landmark case that highlights the State’s responsibility for ensuring that the constitutional rights of detainees are maintained and safeguarded. The Court described the judgment as “of importance, not only to the parties, but also to other inmates and the health sector generally.  The judgment also upholds the right to a remedy for individuals in the position of Lee.
 
 The majority of the Court...

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