This is an archive of the Treatment Action Campaign's public documents from December 1998 until October 2008. I created this website because the TAC's website appears unmaintained and people were concerned that it
was becoming increasingly hard to find important documents.

The menu items have been slightly edited and a new stylesheet applied to the site. But none of the documents have been edited, not even for minor errors. The text appears on this site as obtained from the Internet Archive.

The period covered by the archive encompassed the campaign for HIV medicines, the civil disobedience campaigns, the Competition Commission complaints, the 2008 xenophobic violence and the PMTCT, Khayelitsha health workers and Matthias Rath court cases.

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10 December 2004 - TAC Electronic newsletters

10 December 2004

10 December 2004 - TAC investigation into allegations against Natalspruit Hospital CEO

Report by Daniel Browde and Gordon Mthembu

03 December 2004 - TAC Electronic newsletters

03 December 2004

23 November 2004 - Traditional Healers' Organisation's/Rath Foundation demonstrations against the TAC.

TAC statement on THO March to TAC offices
TAC exposes profiteer Matthias Rath
Minister of Health blocks the Medicines Control Council from litigating against Matthias Rath
Text extracts of THO/Rath statements defaming the TAC

19 November 2004 - TAC Electronic Newsletter - Letter to MSD, John Foster Speech, Public Protector & Anita Allen, WHO Technical Committee on HIV/AIDS

TAC Newsletter

16 November 2004 - Zackie Achmat delivered the 2004 John Foster Lecture in London on Wednesday 10 November


15 November 2004 - The Public Protector has dismissed a complaint against the rollout of antiretroviral treatment from HIV denialist Anita Allen.

Public Protector Report Cover
Public Protector Report

4 November 2004 - Memorandum to Minister of Health and all provincial MECs for health

In the next few days TAC members in Katlehong will bury Zandile Mazwani, a young woman of 33 from Gauteng. Zandile set an example to others by living openly with HIV.... Full Memorandum

3 November 2004 - The TAC is taking the South African Minister of Health to Court on 4 November 2004

Details of Country-Wide Demonstrations on 4 November 2004

  • Cape Town: Meet at Keizersgragt Street at 11am for a march to Parliament
  • Pretoria: Meet at Church Square, Pretoria at 9am for a march to the Pretoria High Court
  • Bisho: Meet at the Bisho Legislature at 11am
  • Pietermaritzburg: Meet at Market Square at 10am
  • Polokwane: Meet at Department of Health at 10am
  • Nelspruit: Meet at Government Complex, Riverside Mall at 10am
Why the TAC is going to Court on 4 November 2004

24 October 2004 - TAC correction to misleading Department of Health Statement

Please note that TAC has not withdrawn its legal action or its claim that the Ministry of Health has a legal duty to have an implementation plan and to make it publicly available.

TAC Statement on the misleading D.O.H. statement
TAC Pamphlet Explaining 4 November Action
Misleading D.O.H. statement
Actual Court Papers

21 October 2004 - After a long break, we have started publishing the TAC newsletter, Equal Treatment. October 2004 (1.6MB, zipped file containing 4 PDF files)

Equal Treatment

20 October 2004 - TAC Statement and Newsletter on Auditor-General's Qualified Audit Opinion of the Department of Health

TAC Statement:

  • Detailed TAC Statement
  • "AIDS body in deep financial trouble" by Lucky Mazibuko (Reprinted from The Sowetan, 12 October 2004)
  • "Scandalous Shenanigans" by Lucky Mazibuko (Reprinted from The Sowetan, 12 October 2004)

19 October 2004 - The TAC is campaigning for the Minister of Health to release the implementation plan of the antiretroviral rollout, including sites, dates and targets.

Access to Information Court Case

4 October 2004 - TAC and ODAC publish and distribute Right to Know pamphlet explaining why the TAC is taking the Minister of Health to court on 2 November

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See the news archive for past newsletters and news items.

    Please visit Gideon Mendel's interactive exhibition The Harsh Divide, hosted on Guardian Unlimited. (Requires Flash Player) Some of the people featured in the exhibition are now receiving antiretroviral treatment through the TAC Treatment Project.