Accountability

TAC National Council Resolves to Strengthen Governance Structures

On 28 June 2013 the Treatment Action Campaign’s (TAC) National Council (NC) met in Muizenberg, Cape Town, for a special meeting to consider ways in which to strengthen the organisation’s internal accountability and governance structures. The NC was attended by six (out of seven) of TAC’s Provincial leaders as well as by representatives of the […]

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NOW IS NOT A TIME FOR BACK-SLAPPING ABOUT PROGRESS – Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27 statement at the Opening of the 6th South African AIDS Conference:

NOW IS NOT A TIME FOR BACK-SLAPPING ABOUT PROGRESS – Critical Challenges Threaten Successful HIV Prevention and Treatment Programmes if not Addressed Urgently Yesterday at the opening of the 6th SA AIDS Conference the TAC was the recipient of the Dira Sengwe leadership in AIDS award. Sifiso Nkala, a TAC activist since 2000 and a […]

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Fix The Provinces and Rural Health to Make the Health Budget Work for All

Statement by SECTION27, RHAP and TAC 16 May 2013 On 15 May 2013 the Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, delivered his annual National Health budget and policy speech (here). The speech provides an opportunity for the Minister and his department to communicate progress they have made in delivering health services, the challenges they face […]

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SECTION27 AND THE TREATMENT ACTION CAMPAIGN CONCERNED ABOUT THE SHORTAGES OF FOOD AT CHARLOTTE MAXEKE JOHANNESBURG ACADEMIC HOSPITAL

On 9 May 2013, SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) received disturbing reports about the shortages of food for patients at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.  The information we received indicated that the companies contracted to supply food and bread to the hospital had stopped all deliveries due to the non-payment of outstanding accounts.  […]

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SECTION27 AND TAC STATEMENT THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF A MARKET INQUIRY INTO PRIVATE HEALTHCARE

SECTION27 and TAC welcome the announcement by Minister Ebrahim Patel that the Competition Commission will launch a market inquiry into the private healthcare sector in September 2013. About a year ago, the Commission announced its intention to conduct an inquiry into the private health care sector in terms of its general powers to promote and […]

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TAC Mpumalanga Pickets against Poor Management at Tintswalo Hospital

On the 4th of March 2013 members of the Treatment Action Campaign in Mpumalanga together with the community of Acornhoek picketed at the Tintswalo Hospital in Acornhoek at the Ehlanzeni Municipality. They picketed to voice their concerns about allegations of mismanagement against the hospital’s clinical manager, Dr. Thuketana. The Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP) has […]

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How we can improve HIV testing and counselling

On Friday 16 March 2012 health workers, counselling organisations, activists and the National Department of Health met in Hillbrow to discuss how to improve HIV testing and counselling. The meeting was hosted by the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society, the Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27. Joint Statement by the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society, Treatment […]

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South African Law Commission Report on Criminalisation of HIV Transmission

Premier Helen Zille is once more raising the spectre of criminalising HIV transmission. This is an old debate. In 2001, the South African Law Reform Commission considered the matter and concluded that current legislation is sufficient to deal with intentional transmission of HIV. The report was submitted to the Minister of Justice in terms of […]

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Premier Zille’s views on HIV are misinformed and unscientific

Below are two articles by Nathan Geffen (TAC) and Gavin Silber in response to premier Helen Zille’s views on HIV transmission, criminalisation and who deserves treatment. The Premier’s response to the critique of her views by Geffen and Silber is also included.  By Gavin Silber and Nathan Geffen Nov. 15, 2011 We take issue with […]

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Accountability

The Final Hearing In Zoliswa Nkonyana Murder Case

          STATEMENT RELEASED BY THE TREATMENT ACTION CAMPAIGN (TAC), SOCIAL JUSTICE COALITION (SJC) & TRIANGLE PROJECT On 7 October 2011 judgment was finally delivered for the nine men accused of murdering Zoliswa Nkonyana more than five years ago.  Four were found guilty, while the other five were released.  The case has […]

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JSC interview raises concerns about judicial appointment process

6 September 2011 PRESS STATEMENT FROM SECTION27, SONKE GENDER JUSTICE NETWORK, LESBIAN AND GAY EQUALITY PROJECT AND THE TREATMENT ACTION CAMPAIGN JSC INTERVIEW RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT JUDICIAL APPOINTMENT PROCESS Civil society organisations unfairly attacked for participation in process Substantive concerns about Justice Mogoeng remain JSC fails to discharge its constitutional mandate On 20 August 2011, […]

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Accountability

Prevent new infections and protect our health: HIV treatment guidelines must urgently be updated

New evidence presented this week at the International AIDS Society Conference in Rome confirms that by expanding eligibility for antiretroviral therapy (ART) we could massively reduce new HIV infections. At present most HIV-positive people in South Africa are only eligible for ART once there CD4 counts drop below 200 – only pregnant women and people […]

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Accountability

The Protection of Information Bill is unconstitutional and anti-democratic

Joint TAC/SECTION27 statement Transparent governance, free expression and a free press are essential components of democracy. They are the means by which all people in South Africa, especially the vulnerable and poor, can hold our government to account. Our effectiveness at getting the state to implement HIV treatment and prevention programmes has been dependent on […]

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TAC’s response to Gareth van Onselen

TAC responds to misrepresentations by DA spokesperson Gareth Van Onselen. Van Onselen has attempted to defend the DA’s claim that it is responsible for a drop in infant mortality in Cape Town of 25 in 2003 to 21 in 2009. But his defence is simply incorrect. Photo source: Wikipedia On Saturday 2 April, the TAC released […]

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Accountability

DA cannot claim it is responsible for a decline in infant mortality in Cape Town

The Democratic Alliance has claimed that it is responsible for a decline in infant mortality in Cape Town. We have examined the publicly available data. Since the DA took office in 2006, infant mortality has not changed for the city as a whole. It has increased in Khayelitsha. The Democratic Alliance (DA) has released a report titled The […]

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