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23 August 2017

TAC Chairperson’s speech for opening of National Congress 2017

A speech made by TAC National Chairperson Nkhensani Mavasa at the opening of TAC’s 6th National Congress on Wednesday 23rd August 2017 Comrades, It is my privilege to welcome you to TAC’s 6th National Congress. We are gathered here in a critical time in our history – both as members of TAC and as...

22 August 2017

TAC’s 6th National Congress – time to fix the health system!

JOHANNESBURG, 22nd August 2017 – Tomorrow the Treatment Action Campaign’s (TAC) 6th National Congress starts in Johannesburg. The congress will set TAC’s priorities for the next three years and elect TAC’s national leadership for this period. The congress will conclude on Friday, 25 August. The c...

15 August 2017

SECTION27 and TAC oppose proposed amendment to abortion Act

JOHANNESBURG, 15th AUGUST 2017 – SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) have made a joint submission opposing the draft amendments to the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act 92 of 1996 (TOP Act) as proposed by the African Christian Democratic Party. We reject this amendment in the s...

14 August 2017

Coalition welcomes release of Draft Intellectual Property Policy

JOHANNESBURG, 14th AUGUST 2017 – On 8 August 2017, the Department of Trade and Industry published the Draft Intellectual Property Policy of the Republic of South Africa, Phase I, 2017. The Fix the Patent Laws Campaign (FTPL) welcomes its publication for public comment. The FTPL, a coalition of 34...

7 August 2017

TAC calls for Deputy Minister Manana to be immediately fired

JOHANNESBURG, 7th AUGUST 2017 – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is shocked and outraged to learn of Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana assaulting a woman over the weekend. TAC condemns the actions of Manana and calls on law enforcement authorities to appropriately and quickly ...

1 August 2017

Growing crisis at NHLS threatens access to essential health care services, particularly for HIV and TB

Joint statement by the Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27: The growing crisis at the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) threatens access to essential health care services, particularly for HIV and TB JOHANNESBURG, 1st AUGUST 2017 – The ongoing strike at the National Health Laborato...

23 July 2017

Pledge for comrades Mark & Prudence

A speech delivered on Sunday 23rd July by Treatment Action Campaign Deputy General Secretary, Sibongile Tshabalala, at the International AIDS Society conference in Paris, France on behalf of activists at the conference. — We lost gogo Prudence Nobantu Mabele. She died in 2017 with a CD4 count of...

20 July 2017

TAC welcomes ARVs on campus in KZN

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the announcement that the University of Zululand will provide HIV treatment to students and staff on campus. If implemented effectively, this should provide an easier and quicker system for people to collect their ARVs and therefore ensure better treat...

19 July 2017

Pledge for Prudence

Mark Heywood paid tribute to AIDS, human rights and gender activist Prudence Mabele who recently passed away – July 19th 2017 My dear friend and comrade Prudence, Thank you for honoring me as a “friend” to speak at your funeral. You have many beautiful friends and comrades, so I am not sure why I...

17 July 2017

Goederede Clinic – still failing patients

KWAGGAFONTEIN, 17th JULY 2017 – Today 50 members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Mpumalanga are picketing outside Goederede Clinic because of its failure to provide adequate healthcare services to the community. Patients who use the clinic face excessive waiting times, poor staff attitu...

13 July 2017

No end to the crisis at Thelle Mogoerane Hospital

In September last year, TAC Vosloorus marched to Thelle Mogoerane Hospital to highlight the ongoing crisis at the facility and demanded urgent intervention by the provincial health department. Yet, to date, the crisis continues to threaten people’s health, rights and lives. During an unannounced ...

13 June 2017

Coalition welcomes landmark Competition Commission probe into prices of cancer medicines

JOHANNESBURG, 13 JUNE 2017: The Fix the Patent Laws coalition welcomes the Competition Commission’s announcement earlier today that they will investigate the pricing of several cancer medicines in South Africa. This is a major victory in our struggle to ensure that all people in South Africa can ...