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Details of March on 14 February 2003

Advice for Marchers, Chairs, Speakers and Media

Metro Trains

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 February.


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 station.

Layout of March


The event begins at 11am. There will be music, poetry, singing and speeches.
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 this.

Draft Programme

OPENING GATHERING - Heerengracht  - Chairs: Theo Steele and Thabo Cele

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 memorandum
12:30 - Drummers
12:35 - TAC Choir, the Generics, will lead the marchers in songs until 1pm
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)

Thank You!

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 thanks.