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Public Consultation on Draft National Policy on Intellectual Property – 27th Sept

Posted on | September 20, 2013 | No Comments

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SECTION27 invite their members, and interested members of the public and local media to attend a consultation regarding the Draft National Policy on Intellectual Property, 2013, which was recently released by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for public comment.

Consultations will take place from 10h00-14h00 on Friday, September 27th at the following locations:

Johannesburg: SECTION27 offices, 5th floor, Braamfontein Centre, 23 Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, 2001

Cape Town/Khayelitsha: Blue Hall, Khayelitsha Site C (After Caltex garage street going into the taxi rank. The hall is on your right by the Site C Male Clinic. the consultation will be signposted).

The purpose of these consultations is to discuss the contents of the draft policy, and provide opportunities for public input into the joint submission to be developed by TAC, MSF and SECTION27. A discussion of the draft policy will be preceded by a brief overview of patents and how they affect access to affordable medicines in South Africa, and the objectives of the Fix the Patent Laws campaign. Light refreshments will be provided.

For further information, please visit our website:

Please RSVP your attendance for the relevant consultation at the doodle links provided below:

Johannesburg: RSVP:

Contact: Julia Hill, MSF –

Cape Town/Khayelitsha: RSVP:

Contact: Lotti Rutter, TAC –


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  • About the Campaign

    fix the patent laws
    Fix the Patent Laws is a campaign co-founded by SECTION27, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in 2011. Since then, the coalition has grown to include 38 other organisations fighting together to push South Africa to amend its patent laws to prioritise public health. Through this blog we will highlight how amending South Africa’s Patents Act 57 of 1978 will reduce the cost of medicines, improving the health and saving the lives of millions of South Africans.

    The members of the Fix the Patent Laws Campaign are as follows: Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Doctors Without Borders (MSF), SECTION27, the South African Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (SANCD Alliance), DiabetesSA, EpilepsySA, Marie Stopes South Africa, Stop Stock Outs Project (SSP), South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), Cape Mental Health (CMH), the South African Federation of Mental Health (SAFMH), Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders Alliance (SABDA), as well as the following members of the Cancer Alliance and Advocates for Breast Cancer: Breast Course 4 Nurses, Breast Health Foundation, Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), Cancer Heroes, Can-Sir, CanSurvive, Care for Cancer Foundation, Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa (CHOC), Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA), Igazi Foundation, Look Good Feel Better, Love your Nuts, Lymphoedema Association of South Africa (LAOSA), Men’s Foundation, National Council Against Smoking, National Oncology Nursing Association of SA, Pancreatic Cancer Network of SA (PanCan), People Living With Cancer (PLWC), Pink Trees for Pauline, Pink Phoenix Cancer Foundation, Pocket Cancer Support, Project Flamingo, Rainbows and Smiles, Reach for Recovery, South African Oncology Social Work Forum (SAOSWF), The Pink Parasol Project, The Sunflower Fund, Vrede Foundation and Wings of Hope.

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