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TAC faces closure due to funding

2011-11-24 07:22

Cape Town - Aids lobby group, The Treatment Action Campaign, faces possible closure in January because of a lack of funds, the organisation said on Wednesday.

"As a grant-funded organisation we just cannot afford to run a deficit... besides the fact that over 230 activist organisers will lose their income, the closure of TAC would be a setback for South African democracy," it said in a statement.

TAC depends on a five-year grant from the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) for a large portion of its work.

In July, the organisation failed to receive its R6.5m payment.

Department of health

"Primarily due to poor administration by the primary recipient [of the payment], the national department of health, the payment... continues to be delayed," it said.

If the funds were not paid in by the first week of January, the organisation would go into an unsustainable deficit by February.

"[This] means that we would have to retrench all our staff and close our offices at the end of January," it said.

The GFATM and department of health are scheduled to meet on Thursday to resolve the impasse.

"We call on them to make sure that the grant continues to operate and that all the sub-recipients are paid by the first week of January," it said.

"We also need to exist in order to enforce several court orders we have won over the years and to fight upcoming court cases, such as one against Christ Embassy, a church whose public advertisements have in the past claimed that they can cure Aids."

Health spokesperson Fidel Hadebe said he would only be able to comment on the payments once he had met with the GFATM.

"I find it difficult to comment because I have no details on what they [TAC] are saying. I will only be able to say something tomorrow [Thursday].

The TAC was formed by HIV-positive activist Zackie Achmat in 1998.

Comments
  • Seducect - 2011-11-24 07:44

    Very sad day if the TAC must close their doors. Typical goverment tactics: if someone is challenging them for their lack of transparency they will force you to shut down!

      ServaasD - 2011-11-24 09:23

      "closure of TAC would be a setback for South African democracy," What democracy???????

      Kala - 2011-11-24 12:01

      The 6.5Million would be better spent upgrading Zumas house. Another example of hown the ANC is doing it's hardest to increase unemployment. And another example of how they actually don't give a hoot about the poo or the AIDS epidemic

  • Missionman - 2011-11-24 07:45

    The entire health dept is a shambles and they what to introduce the national health scheme. Equipment being repossed etc. How will we survive forward going from a health point of view if we are all forced to contribute to this? Goverment ??????????????????????????????????

  • brett.susan - 2011-11-24 08:05

    Treatment Action Campaign has done its work now for its Big Pharmaceutical Company paymasters....no need for it anymore. WEll done TAC, you have managed to get the Government to fork out millions on the carcinogenic ARV's and now your job is done!

      Deon - 2011-11-24 08:13

      You sound like those that are also against Asthma pumps as it damages the heart. Forget long term effects, if you have severe Hiv or asthma you need these drugs to survive. Rather Cancer in 10 years than die in 6 months. The TAC helped to lower many drugs on the market, so they are not much liked by Pharmaceutical Companies.

      lmkhondwane - 2011-11-24 08:29

      I am still here because of those "carcinogenic" drugs and so is my cousin, uncle and several friends. Working at TAC has shown me the value of a human life and how one can do his best to make a difference, we might be faced with closing down, we have played our role and many lives have been saved. Thank you brett.susan lets hope AIDS doesn't come knocking on your door.

      Jeffrey - 2011-11-24 08:51

      You're a waste of the Earth's oxygen. See people who inspire you on FB are Jesus and Ghandi, don't think they'd want to associate with you. Maybe, Thabo the Poisoned Dwarf would welcome you as a FB friend.

  • Paul - 2011-11-24 08:08

    Are the pharmaceutical companies not paying your salaries?

      lmkhondwane - 2011-11-24 08:35

      not at all, would we have taken them to court if they were paying us?

  • Ruan Pretorius - 2011-11-24 08:13

    The Health Department has re-appropriated the funds for various other SCHEMES

  • lmkhondwane - 2011-11-24 08:34

    Whatever happens, I am proud to say I've been part of the fight for access to quality health care and I'm forever thankful for TAC for saving my life when I was about to die of AIDS. In the eight years I have been working here, I've become more sensitive to the suffering of my fellow human being and the opportunities to make a difference given to me by TAC will always be my most prizes memories.

  • Marion - 2011-11-24 08:49

    On tv news last night it was revealed that the Dept of Health owes suppliers of life saving equipment and meds more than R280 million and that is, apparently, not the full extent of the debt. Suppliers get paid in dribs and drabs. This comes as no surprise and I can only begin to imagine the pain of all the people who are affected by this gross mismanagement of taxpayers money. One little boy with cancer was turned away because the hospital (think it was Charlotte Maxeke)couldn't administer the treatment he need. ALL meds have side effects but the benefits normally far outweigh the risk of side effects. Where side effects are considered to pose too much of a risk then those meds are banned in SA. ARV's have saved many lives.

  • Lynn - 2011-11-24 09:05

    This is so sad.

  • nqobile.tshabalala1 - 2011-11-24 09:56

    TAC closure will lead to more HIV/AIDS death in South Africa, the South African government and Global Fund should save TAC, morethan 5 million people in South Africa rely on TAC with the treatment education TAC encouraging around the country, Save TAC now!!!

  • ludlowdj - 2011-11-24 10:14

    TAC only has itself to blame, they should never have allowed themselves to be put in a position where they were dependant on funds from the very organisations they are actively fighting against. The fact that they do however receive funding this way also puts their agenda and purpose in question, what is the really agenda of TAC??

  • TheWatcher - 2011-11-24 10:16

    100mil for a party but 6.5mil for an organisation performing an important community service? Useless tossers. Find the idiot responsible and fire him/her/it. Incompetence seems to be the status quo in govt depts these days. People get the jobs because they know/bribe somebody.

  • TheWatcher - 2011-11-24 10:16

    100mil for a party but 6.5mil for an organisation performing an important community service? Useless tossers. Find the idiot responsible and fire him/her/it. Incompetence seems to be the status quo in govt depts these days. People get the jobs because they know/bribe somebody.

  • Fran - 2011-11-24 10:41

    Why should TAC exist while they are against other organisations existance. I am a member of Christ Embassy and just like freedom of speech people should be allowed to make their own choices when it comes to Faith Healing and so on. God is the creator of everything even the devil knows that, they(TAC)are supportive of homosexuality and why are they not taken to court by Pastors and Christians though God is against their chosen lifestyle? What is their existance supporting in SA except speaking on Tv against good things that churches are doing? They said the preaching of faith and miracles is misleading so why cant they just say God doesn't exist? We live in a democratic society and it is wrong for other organisations to oppose others work. Why don't they take crook inyangas to court for helping criminals steal and kill people during robberies? I wish they close down for good for opposing God's work.

  • Had - 2011-11-24 11:12

    "Primarily due to poor administration by the primary recipient [of the payment], the national department of health, the payment... continues to be delayed," it said. SIMPLE SOLUTION - GET YOUR BOOKS IN ORDER. PROBLEM SOLVED.

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