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That’s what the angry residents and Treatment Action Campaign activists from Mfuleni said when they marched to Mfuleni Police Station





On 18 October 2008, Community Health Advocacy (CHA) hosted awareness to Social Grants in Site.B Khayelitsha,



On 13 October 2008,the court case of Yanga Janet who keeps on threatening TAC members

Khayelitsha Hosts 2 TB Events

On Saturday 11 October 2008 TAC Khayelitsha hosted 2 very successful TB events at VT Mxenge and SST Branches.

Lusikisiki releases it first district newsletter

TAC Lusikisiki has launched the first edition of "Izwi Labantu" (Voice of the People), its quarterly district newsletter.

The publication is edited by Tandeka Vinjwa, a Media Literacy Practitioner at TAC's Lusikisiki office.

This edition focuses primarily on rape and gender-based violence to coincide with the District's June GBV campaign, but it also features articles on cervical cancer, child-headed households as well as an update on TAC's new campaign in Canzibe.

Mopani Door-to-Door for Mobilisation

 On the 17 July 2009 we are going to march to the District Department of Health Offices. We intend to start our march from the open space opposite Giyani Magistrate Court thenwe will use the main road to the Mopani District Department of Health where we are going to hand over the memorandum of demands.

Thembokhwezi Branch Workshop

On the 13th of June 2009 the Thembokhwezi Branch held a workshop which gave an overview of TAC and education on TB. The attendance was impressive and the workshop a success. This is what participants had to say.

Invitation to Attend the Thembi's Memorial Service

Date:    Friday, 12th June, 2008
Time:   14:30pm until 17:00 pm
Where: Zanokhanyo Training Centre, No 1 Corner of Fumane and Qamela Street, Harare Khayelitsha

Details:  We would like to extend to you and your organisation to a Personal Invitation to attend Thembi’s Day Memorial Service to be held at the Zukhanyo Training Centre. If you are getting lost, call Klaas at 076 034 8770

We offer this special service as a way that families, friends, colleages can share with others their feelings on this day. The service is non denominational, and will provide an opportunity for you to commemorate that special role that thembi play in our lives. One person from your organisation can have a say a word on your behalf.

After the service, refreshments will be provided, so you are welcome to stay and share a cup of tea and a chat.


Klaas Karabo Adilan Monatisi
076 034 8770



Furthermore, about 38% of respondents in this age group said that the pill can prevent HIV/Aids! The Pill, wow!!! and 30.4% believe that HIV can be transmitted via a toilet seat (and this is how many years later after the ‘my friend with HIV is still my friend ads)! And About 27% think that HIV infection can be prevented by bathing after sex!!

TAC Mopani Facilitates Training for Nurses in Kgapane Hospital

The TAC Mopani’s Prevention Treatment Literacy Team has conducted one day training for the nursing students at the Kgapane Hospital on the 6 May 2009. The training was conducted by Tebogo Makhalemela and Wisani Maluleke who are the Prevention Treatment Literacy Practitioners deployed for Mopani District. They were also assisted by the programme Co-ordinator in the district, Lester Baloyi. The training will continue once per month as a supporting HIV and AIDS modules for the nursing students who are going to finish their course in March 2010.

Lancet model for the elimation for HIV

In November 2008, an article was published in the renowned medical journal, the Lancet, that proposed a mathematical model that could virtually eliminate HIV transmission in the future and reduce the number of people developing AIDS by 95%. The article called for universal testing and immediate initiation of ART upon learning one's HIV-positive status. The article sparked heated debate between AIDS activists and organizations.

Post TAC Ekurhuleni visit

This week I met two remarkable people , remarkable for me because they’ve made it so far and just helped put a bit of perspective on my own situation. I’ve walked away from each encounter with the though that Yes I can Luckyboy at TAC Germiston, must say a list of 40 things that I want to do seemed like a lot but then I started working on it, although the details are vague but I’m moving away from bewilderment to item no 12 --- going to Egypt. Sometimes you meet people like that and wish “if only I had known you at the very beginning” still you were probably not the wise old man you are right now --- There’s a saying about having to get through it to get past it, I’m just stepping into it and I can only hope there’ll be people to pull me back when I step into the mire and Nokhwezi sister I hope we do meet, but I do feel silly about letting myself be scared by the stress-bogeyman who has no form or color .



Health Minister and UNAIDS Executive Director visit TAC Khayelitsha, impressed by Khayelitsha health model

Minister of Health Barbara Hogan and incoming UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé paid a visit this week to TAC and MSF in Khayelitsha. Minister Hogan was highly impressed by her visit and has promised to look into Khayelitsha’s successful health model, used to fight against HIV/AIDS, and see if it can be transplanted into other struggling health districts countrywide.

She said the community had shown the world that proper partnerships, patient adherence and treatment literacy were not rhetoric, but could help the government to improve health delivery systems.




Yanga Janet who had been intimidating and threatening TAC members in Harare Khayelitsha. Janet had been one of the four accused in the Nandipha Makeke`s rape and murder case


Shattered Myths: The xenophobic violence in South Africa

On Thursday 22 May, Cape Town changed forever. The xenophobic violence that started 1,200 kilometres away in Gauteng spread to Du Noon township. On Friday the TAC offices began to get reports of violence on trains and Somali shops being looted. The details were scanty, but by Friday evening the consequences became visible even in the affluent city centre. About 150 people sought refuge outside Caledon Square, the city's main police station. Hundreds more gathered at the central train station so they could catch a train to Johannesburg in the morning and then leave the country.

Violence against women: Hate Crime, murder of Lesbian Eudy Simelane,Banyana Banyana midfilder

Hate Crime: The murder of Eudy Simelane 31-year-old Eudy Simelane former Banyana Banyana midfielder was gang raped and stabbed to death, last week Monday 28th of April 2007. Her body was laid to rest last week Sunday 4th of May. She was murdered in KwaTema, Ekurhuleni east of Johannesburg, returning home with friends from a tavern. She was confronted by a gang who allegedly gang raped and repeatedly stabbed her to death. Her half-naked body was found in a field near the hostel KwaThema last Tuesday.

TAC Ekurhuleni Releases its District Newsletter

TAC Ekurhuleni Releases its first District Newsletter.

WC PSP Metropole meeting

Yesterday on the 7 March'08 we(TAC reps from each sub district in metro) attended the WC NACOSA PSP meeting with some reps from the DOH & ALN.
The meeting was attended by about 80 people which does not represent all the departments, NGOs, sectors and structures within the metro. On Tuesday we had a meeting to strategise around the way they do the meeting and to go their to tell them that this is not consultation and plans should come from districts first before they can make a draft.


South Africa has a very progressive and democratic constitution but disturbingly so it's only on paper in reality it's the opposite. The judicial system is failing people of this country badly. It's almost 3 years since Nandipha's death, she was raped and murdered on the 15 December 2005, since her rape and murder the trial of her alleged murderers has still not finished!! How hard is it for the prosecutor to proceed with charging one of the accused who confessed?

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