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(Not the) Free State Post – Edition 2

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Why I am Joining the Fight Against Tuberculosis — Johnny Clegg

by Johnny Clegg In September last year I was shocked to learn that Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death in South Africa. Over the years many of my friends, including members of my earlier music projects, contracted TB but were thankfully diagnosed early and we were able to help them. Two years ago, […]

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5,000 people and Johnny Clegg Call for Action on TB — “We die of TB!”

– Johnny Clegg joins fight against TB and announces financial support for TAC   – 5,000 marchers demand that MPs get tested for TB, and that Parliament holds government departments to account on TB 5,000 members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), partner organisations, health professionals and responsible citizens are marching to Parliament in Cape […]

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Complementary and Alternative Medicines Must be Regulated in the Public Interest

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) notes that the Portfolio Committee on Health is currently considering proposed amendments to the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act No. 101 of 1965. We also note that a number of presentations have been made to the committee by representatives from the complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) industry. Given these […]

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Whistle-blower Letter: TAC Calls on ANC to Take Responsibility for Situation in Free State

On Friday 27th February the GroundUp website published a letter from doctors in the Free State. The letter listed a number of specific and very serious allegations relating to the collapse of the Free State healthcare system. Based on our own experience in the Free State we find the allegations to be credible. The letter […]

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Letter to DTI on Finalisation of the National IP Policy

On Friday 20th February TAC wrote to the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department leading on the finalisation of the National Intellectual Property (IP) Policy that affects medicine pricing. The policy has been in development for over six years now and crossed three ANC-led administrations. We did not receive a response on when the […]

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SANAC-CSF Response to ANCYL March

Reproduced below is a SANAC Civil Society Forum press release sent via email to the Treatment Action Campaign on 20th February 2015. South African National AIDS Council –Civil Society Forum (SANAC-CSF) plays a significant role in the National Strategic Plan on HIV, TB and STI’s 2012-2016 (NSP), under the banner of SANAC which is mandated to coordinate the […]

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United Front Response to Free State ANCYL March Against TAC

Reproduced below is an United Front press release sent via email to the Treatment Action Campaign on 20th February 2015. The United Front has learnt with dismay that today (20th February 2015), the Free State structures of the ANC Youth League, the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS and the Men’s Sector of the Provincial AIDS Council […]

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Joint Press Statement by Equal Education, Social Justice Coalition, and Ndifuna Ukwazi

The original statement by Equal Education, Social Justice Coalition and Ndifuna Ukwazi is posted here. We condemn the plan to march today, 20 February, to the offices of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Bloemfontein, by the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL), the National Association of People Living with AIDS (NAPWA) in the Free […]

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TAC to Continue to Call for Dismissal of MEC for Health in Free State

–        Free State ANCYL, Free State NAPWA and Men’s Sector of Provincial AIDS Council to march against TAC in response to our campaign to “Fire Benny” –        TAC remains committed to improving the healthcare system in Free State and calls for the urgent dismissal of MEC for Health, Benny Malakoane It has come to our […]

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ANC Fires Free State Health MEC – Viva!!

Hot off the press! ANC fires Free State MEC of Health, Dr Benny Malakoane. Read all about it in the (Not the) Free State Post. Other features include leaked documents outlining Premier of Free State, Ace Magashule’s plan to turnaround the crisis in the Free State health system, and Chaos at the ANC Lekgotla as […]

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ANC Fires Free State Health MEC – Viva!!

THURSDAY 12TH FEBRUARY, CAPE TOWN: Hot off the Press! Read all about the ANC firing Free State MEC of Health, Dr Benny Malakoane here. Other features include Premier of Free State, Ace Magahsule’s plan to fix the healthcare system in the Free State, and chaos at the ANC Lekgotla as fighting breaks out in the […]

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TAC Welcome People Living with Cancer Joining the Fix the Patent Laws Campaign

THURSDAY 5th FEBRUARY, CAPE TOWN: Yesterday, on World Cancer Day , People Living With Cancer – a South African support group representing thousands of patients – publically signed on to support the Fix the Patent Laws campaign. The campaign aims to ensure access to affordable medicines for all people living in South Africa including those […]

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TAC Condemns NPA Decision Not to Drop Charges Against Community Healthcare Workers

BLOEMFONTEIN, 29th JANUARY: TAC condemns the National Public Prosecutor’s decision not to drop the unreasonable charges against the 129 community healthcare workers (CHWs) and members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) arrested at a peaceful night vigil on 10th July last year. The 129 appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court today. We are deeply disappointed […]

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TAC Calls on NPA to Drop Unjust Charges Against Free State Healthworkers

27th JANUARY 2015, BLOEMFONTEIN: 129 community healthcare workers (CHWs) and members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) are set to return to the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on 29th January in regard to criminal charges following their arrest at a peaceful vigil on 10th July. TAC demands these charges be dropped immediately to put an end […]

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