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
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.
TAC'S THIRD NATIONAL CONGRESS TO DEBATE PROGRESS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF TREATMENT PLAN
22 September 2005
- Congress takes place against backdrop of President Mbeki continuing to ignore HIV/AIDS impact
- Theme: Women and People with HIV Leadership for a People's Health Service
- 600 delegates to attend from across South Africa
- Speakers include:
- Zwelinzima Vavi, the General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions
- Rev. Molefe Tsele, the General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches
- Cheryl Carolus, veteran ANC leader
- Leading HIV scientists, including:
- Dr Francois Venter
- Prof Quarraisha Abdool-Karim
- Click here to go directly to the agenda
TAC's third National Congress starts in Cape Town on Friday 23 September 2005, and lasts until Sunday afternoon, 25 September 2005. Media are invited to attend all sessions of the Congress.
The Congress takes place against the backdrop of continued attempts by parts of our government, led by President Mbeki, to overlook and ignore the horrendous impact that the HIV epidemic is having on our society. Statistics produced by the government have confirmed the claims made by TAC and many others of dramatic increases in natural deaths in South Africa over the last few years. Yet, despite this, South Africa's HIV treatment programme continues to reach only a fraction of those in need and the country faces an unprecedented situation of beginning 2006 without a new strategic plan to prevent HIV infections. This crisis and its possible solutions will obviously be one of the main issues facing the TAC Congress.
The TAC Congress brings together over 600 delegates from all over South Africa. Many of the delegates are community activists who live with HIV and are in the best position to speak about the realities of access to HIV prevention and treatment at community level. This year our Congress will also benefit from presentations by leaders of civil society organisations, including Rev Molefe Tsele, the General Secretary of the SACC; Zwelinzima Vavi, the General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions; and veteran ANC leader, Cheryl Carolus. Leading HIV scientists, including Dr Francois Venter and Prof Quarraisha Abdool-Karim, will also make presentations on the latest scientific and medical breakthroughs around HIV.
Regrettably, despite invitations to the Deputy President, the Minister of Health, the Head of the Department of Health's AIDS Programme and others, no senior government officials are participating in the Congress. It is particularly unfortunate that the Deputy-President, who heads the South African National AIDS Council, has ignored or spurned all our attempts to meet her. TAC regards this as another missed opportunity for honest debate and collaboration on saving lives.
Venue: Cape Town Ritz Hotel, Sea Point
Friday 23 September
12:00 – 16:00 Registration
18:30 – 20:30 Opening rally hosted by Linda Mafu, TAC National Organiser
18:30 – 18:45 Vuyiseka Dubula, TAC Western Cape Treatment Literacy Co-ordinator
18:45 – 19:15 Prof Quarraisha Abdool Karim, epidemiologist at the University of Kwazulu-Natal
19:15 – 19:30 Believe Dhliwayo, Zimbabwean HIV activist
19:30 – 20:00 Presentation of TAC Awards – Zackie Achmat
20:00 – 20:10 Explanation of electoral process – election officer
20:10 – 20:30 Screening of TAC Video
Saturday 24 September
8:30 – 13:15 Plenary
8:30 - 9:00 Introduction to plenary
9:00 – 9:15 Dr Molefe Tsele, SACC
9:15 – 9:35 Cheryl Carolus
9:35 – 10:05 Dr Francois Venter, HIV Clinician, Johannesburg General Hospital
10:05 – 10:30 Discussion
10:30 – 11:00 Announcement of NEC nominations & NEC Resolution
11:00 – 11:30 Tea Break
11:30– 12:30 Chair’s Report & Discussion - Zackie Achmat
12:30 – 13:15 Women, AIDS & Activism Presentation - Sipho Mthathi
13:15 – 13:30 Introduction to Commissions
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Commissions
Prevention, Organising and Engagement, Treatment, Women, AIDS and Human Rights, A People’s Health Service, Children & HIV
16:00 – 16:30 Tea Break
16:30 – 17:30 Report back on Commissions
19:30 – 22:00 Concert featuring TAC choirs
Sunday 25 September
9:00 – 9:30 Treasurer’s Report & Discussion - Mark Heywood
9:30 – 9:45 Explanation of Election Logistics – Electoral Officer
9:45 – 11:30 Elections
9:30 – 11:30 Treatment Literacy Workshop in Main Venue – Nomfundo Eland
11:15 – 11:45 Tea Break
11:45 – 12:30 Summary of Resolutions - tbc
12:30 – 13:00 Announcement of NEC
13:00 – 13:15 Zwelinzima Vavi - COSATU
13:15 – 13:30 Newly Elected TAC General-Secretary
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
Media interested in attending should call Molly on 021 788 3507.
For media comment, please call deputy-chairperson Sipho Mthathi, national organiser Linda Mafu or spokespersons Denis Matwa and Nokhwezi Hoboyi on 021 788 3507.
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