On March 7th 2014 the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) launched its People's Health Manifesto. The manifesto put 11 questions to all political parties. As parties submit their responses this week, TAC will be conducting a number of public dialogues, marches and other events as part of our effort to make politicians more responsive to the needs of our communities.
TAC's main focus this week will be a march on March 20th in Bloemfontein in the Free State. We chose the Free State due to the severe difficulties in that province's health system and the lack of effective leadership from the provincial MEC for health Benny Malakoane and the Premier Ace Mashagule. While our focus will be in the Free State, we will also have events in six other provinces.
We invite all media to attend the events listed below:
Free State: The Free State will have two events, a press conference and a march.
When: Press conference at 10:00 AM on Wednesday March 19 and march at 09:00 AM on Thursday, March 20, 2014
What and where: Press conference at Hugenoot B&B,15 Hugenoot Street in Bloemfontein and march starting at Pelonomy hospital and ending at the Premierís office at the Lebogang Building.
Media contact: Anele Yawa, TAC national chariperson, 073 555 8849
When: 10:00 AM on Thursday, 20 March 2014
What and where: Public hearing on ìPeopleís Health Manifestoî at Gompo Community Hall, East London
Media contact: Mzwethu Faku, TAC Eastern Cape provincial deputy chairperson on073 467 2827.
When: 10:00 AM, Tuesday, 18 March 2014
What and where: Manifesto launch and public dialogue at X Hall in Orange Farm
Media contact: Stephen Ngcobo, TAC Gauteng provincial coordinator, 073 846 0910.
When: 09:30 AM on Wednesday, 19 March 2014
What and where: ìPeopleís Health Manifestoî launch at 81 Smith Street, Durban, Church of Pastor Dube.
Media contact: Mzamo Zondi, TAC KZN provincial coordinator, 082 268 2531.
When:: 10:00 AM on Wednesday, 19 March 2014
What and where: Dialogue on ìPeopleís Health Manifestoîat Giani Multi-purpose Centre Hall in Giani
Media contact:Amukelani Maluleke, TAC Limpopo provincial coordinator, 072 592 9897.
When: 11:00 AM on 18 March 2014
What and where: ìPeopleís Health Manifestoî launch and public dialogue at Civic Centre, Nelspruit
Media contact: Sthembiso Masina, TAC Mpumalanga provincial chairperson, 082 224 0332.
When: 16:00 on Tuesday 18 March 2014
What and where: Community dialogue at Site B Hall, Town 1 properties, in Khayelitsha, across from the TAC office.
Media contact: Mpumi Mantangana, TAC Western Cape provincial chairperson,079 99 27 606.
For questions about this campaign in general please contact Anele Yawa, TAC national chairperson, on 073 555 8849.
The 'People's Health Manifesto' can be downloaded here http://www.tac.org.za/sites/default/files/TAC_ElectionManifesto_Booklet3...
On Thursday March 20 2014 TAC will publish the responses we've received from political parties to the 11 questions in the manifesto.