The Treatment Action Campaign is led by a National Counicl that meets four times per year. This body is composed of leaders elected by our membership. It has representation from all seven provinces in which the TAC is currently working.
A second smaller group called the National Office Bearers is responsible for day-to-day political decision making in the organization. The seven National Office Bearers are also elected by our members. Below are the current National Office Bearers of the TAC.
National General Secretary: Anele Yawa
Anele Yawa became a TAC member in 2002. From 2003 to 2005 he was a TAC district organizer in the Nelson Mandela Metro Municipality (Port Elizabeth). In 2008, he was elected as the Deputy Chairperson of TAC in the Eastern Cape. From 2010 to 2013 he served as TAC’s Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson and also a member of the National Council of TAC. In July 2013 Anele became TAC’s national chairperson. Following the resignation of former TAC General Secretary Vuyiseka Dubula in February 2014, he stepped up to lead the organization in the transition period. As of July 1st 2014 Anele Yawa is officially the General Secretary of the TAC.
He served in the Nelson Mandela Metro Municipality from 2011 to 2014 as a proportional representative councilor. He stepped down from this position to commit himself full-time to the TAC. He is presently busy with a Diploma in Managing from the College of Public Administration.
National Deputy Secretary General: Sindi Blose
Sindi Blose joined the TAC in 2002. As a grassroots organizer of the TAC in Durban, she also became involved with Just Associates (JASS)’s Southern Africa core team of political organizers and facilitators. In her role at JASS, she helped shape and move the JASS Southern Africa regional agenda forward, sharing her experience and knowledge particularly in the organizing process in Malawi.(JASS is an international feminist organization that works to develop and galvanize women activists and their movements to change powerful institutions, policies and beliefs.)
In February 2014 she was elected to the position of Deputy General Secretary of the TAC.
National chairperson: Nkhensani Mavasa
Nkhensani is a mother of three kids and is the TAC National Chairperson as well as the General Secretary at Basic Education for All (BEFA) and a Treasurer for the ANC Selbourne Mabund Branch. She has been actively involved with TAC since 2004.
She has worked for TAC as a Treatment Literacy Practitioner, National Trainer, Provincial Women’s Rights Co-coordinator and District community Health Advocacy Co-ordinator. She has served both as TAC’s Limpopo Deputy Chair and Provincial Women’s representative. She has participated at the African Commission on women’s and people’s rights. She represents TAC in the people living with HIV sector in the South African National AIDS Council.
Deputy Chairperson: Nelisiwe Malinga
Nelisiwe Malinga has a diploma in Information Technology. She worked as an intern at Axess and later moved to the Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport. While working there she became a NEHAWU Branch Secretary and in her second term she was elected as the Gert Sibande’s Bargaining Forum Coordinator. She has also served in different portfolios in the ANC, SACP and as an ANCYL Branch Treasurer
In November 2011 she joined the Treatment Action Campaign’s Standerton branch after being recruited by her friend and comrade Thobile Maseko. In February 2013, she was elected as the Deputy Secretary of TAC Mpumalanga. A few months later she was elected National Deputy Chairperson of TAC.
National Women’s Representative: Portia Serote
Portia Serote is a mother of three children who is openly HIV Positive and on treatment. She joined the Treatment Action Campaign in 2004 after being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS together with the father of her second daughter. From 2004 she was integrally involved in TAC’s work, frequently representing TAC at local and international AIDS conferences.
In 2005 she started working for TAC as a Treatment Literacy Practitioner based at Far East Rand hospital. She was later elected as TAC’s Provincial Women’s Representative. In 2010, she was elected as the Deputy Chairperson of TAC Gauteng. In 2014 she became TAC’s National Women’s Representative.
People living with AIDS representative: Andrew Mosane
Andrew Mosane is a gay man who is openly living with HIV. He joined the TAC in 2003 when he found out that he was HIV positive and needed to access treatment. Born and raised in Garankuwa, Andrew describes himself as an “activist at heart”. Andrew is presently working on the stigma index survey and serves on a number of community structures including the ward committee for social development.
Exofficio member: Mark Heywood
Mark Heywood is the Executive Director of the public interest law centre SECTION27 (incorporating the AIDS Law Project). He was elected as the Deputy Chair of the South African National AIDS Council in 2007 (he stepped down in 2012). In 2009, he was appointed as a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on National Health Insurance. He has written extensively on HIV, human rights and the law. He has been part of legal teams of the ALP, TAC and SECTION27 that were involved in major litigation around HIV and other human rights issues in South Africa.
Mark has been part of TAC’s top leadership since the early days of the organization.
The political structures are supported by the TAC’s operational structures – in the form of an executive committee that takes responsibility for day-to-day management and a staff complement organised into a national and seven provincial offices. To ensure proper governance and financial accountability all of this is overseen by an independent Board of Directors.
Qondisa Ngwenya (Chairperson)
Octogon, Group CEO
Jane Barrett (Affiliates Support Co-ordinator)
Congress of South African Trade Unions
Sonke Gender Justice Network
Medecins Sans Frontieres
Cde Thembeka Gwagwa
Lord Ntambw (Treasurer)
SECTION27, Executive Director
Ms Vuyiseka Dubula
Sonke Gender Justice
Treatment Action Campaign, General Secretary
Treatment Action Campaign, Representative of People Living with HIV
Treatment Action Campaign, Chairperson
Treatment Action Campaign, Acting Chief Operational Officer
Treatment Action Campaign, Chief Financial Officer