STAND UP FOR OUR LIVES - TREAT THE PEOPLE!
Details of March on 14 February 2003
Advice for Marchers, Chairs, Speakers and Media
- Permission for the march has been granted by the City Council
with the consent of the police and traffic departments.
- Please bring water, hats, sunscreen and umbrellas (in case of
rain or sun) - we will supply water, but to avoid queues or shortages,
it is better to bring your own and something to eat.
- The gathering point for the march is Heerengracht Street,
about 50 metres from the corner of Herzog Boulevard. The road lanes
that run alongside Monte Carlo building will be available for marchers
(i.e. closed to traffic). Please note that Herzog Boulevard will be
closed for use by the military for opening of Parliament from early
Friday morning. Adderley Street will also be closed to traffic.
- Busses organised by TAC and our allies will drop marchers off at
Heerengracht Street and then drive to Keizergracht Street to Park. This
is where passengers will later rejoin their busses.
- Please ensure you have any medication you might need.
- A St. Johns ambulance team will be on duty throughout the march.
- There will be portable toilets at the gathering point and at
- Traffic is very heavy during the opening of parliament, so if you
are driving to the march give yourself additional time to compensate.
- An information table will:
- Distribute apples and water
- Distribute a pamphlet explaining the purpose of the march and
- Have someone answering requests from the media
- Have someone dealing with requests and emergencies
- Members of the media should please contact Nonkosi Khumalo on 072
231 1422 during the event.
- Speakers, chairs and march leaders should please contact Deena
Bosch on 083 302 2029 upon arriving at the event. Deena will escort you
to the platform.
- In an emergency and you cannot get to the information desk,
please contact Rukia Cornelius on 082 785 6468.
- Marshals will be easily identifiable. Please listen to their
instructions in order to ensure safety and comfort.
- Some people have indicated that they will be dressing in their
work/professional attire, e.g. academics, nurses and doctors. Please
feel encouraged to do so.
Marchers wearing HIV-positive, COSATU, FEDUSA or SACTWU t-shirts, or
carrying the TAC march pamphlet will be allowed to use the trains for
free to proceed to and from the march between 9am and 3pm on the 14th of
Shortly after the memorandum is handed to US Consulate, the march will
proceed from Heerengracht Street into Adderley Street, then left into
Darling Street and right into Plein Street. It will stop at the Louis
Botha statue in front of Parliament. The distance from Heerengracht
Street to Parliament is approximately 1.5km. After the memorandum has
been handed over to Parliament, those who came on busses will be
escorted to Kaizergracht Street via Plein and Darling Streets. Those
using metro trains should cross the Grand Parade back to the train
Layout of March
- When the march begins, the truck with the PA system will drive
400 to 500 metres in front of the marshals
- There will be adequate space for photographers and TV cameramen
between the truck and the first row
- Front row: 20 - 30 PWAs
- Second row: Religious leaders
- Third row: Union leaders
- Fourth group People with Disabilities
- Fifth group Health-Care Workers
- Sixth group: Drag Queens
- Seventh group Artists and actors
- Eighth group:Academics and teachers
- Ninth group: School students and their supervisers / guardians
- Tenth group: TAC Choir - the Generics!
- Then each organisation/delegation starts marching, leaving a few
metres between themselves and the group in front
- In the middle: Drummers
- At the very back: 4 mini-busses for picking up people too tired
to walk and the ambulance
The event begins at 11am. There will be music, poetry, singing and
The march will proceed from 1pm. Although we have advertised 12pm as
the start of the march, we reached a compromise with the City Council on
OPENING GATHERING - Heerengracht - Chairs: Theo Steele and Thabo
11:00 - Drummers
11:10 - Universal Prayer lead by religious leaders
11:15 - Poem by Edward Mabunda
11:20 - TAC Choir, the Generics (1 song)
11:25 - Cape Town Opera
11:45 - Pregs Govender former ANC MP
11:50 - Message of support from Themba Mdima, ATTN SA
11:53 - Message of Support from Gretchen Humphries, FEDUSA
11:56 - Hazel Tau - person living with HIV/AIDS
12:00 - Sinazo Kama (with assistance from Vuyiseka Dubula) - young
person living with HIV/AIDS
12:04 - TAC Choir, the Generics (2 songs)
12:15 - Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane - explains the support of faith
leaders for a treatment plan
12:20 - Bongi Mkhutyukelwa and Obed Qulo call the marchers to order and
take over chair
12:23 - Mark Heywood explains memo to US Consulate
12:28 - A delegation will go to the US Consulate to hand over the
12:30 - Drummers
12:35 - TAC Choir, the Generics, will lead the marchers in songs until
13:00 - Archbishop calls everyone to march
13:30 - TAC Choir, Generics, sing until entire march arrives
13:50 (or when marchers have all arrived) - Vuyiseka Dubula and Thembi
Zungu call the marchers to order and take over chair
13:55 - Comrade Willie Madisha (Cosatu President) explains the need for
a Treatment Plan
14:00 - Zackie Achmat
14:08 - Sipho Mthathi and Pholokgolo Ramothwala read out memorandum
14:12 - Memorandum is handed over to Government recipients by Zackie
Achmat, Nomfundo Dubula and Selma Browde
14:15 - Recipients respond
14:25 - Singing of the national anthem
14:30 - People proceed back to trains and busses (under the direction
of the march marshals)
We have received numerous letters of support, petitions and copies of
letters sent to government ministers and South African embassies. We are
truly grateful for this show of support. We will try our best to thank
everyone personally, but in the meanwhile please accept TAC's heartfelt