One of the last documentary film projects I worked on before leaving the film industry in 2003 was a feature-length documentary on Zackie Achmat.
We spent a lot of time filming Zackie in his Muizenberg home in Cape Town, next door to the Treatment Action Campaign’s offices.
The following year, the TAC’s then National Manager, Nathan Geffen, asked me to assist TAC in organising the first People’s Health Summit in East London.
This brought about a sideways shift into event coordination, primarily for the civil society sector.
For over a decade, from 2004 – 2014, I worked with the TAC on more than 10 projects, including:
- The People’s Health Summit, 2004. 500 delegates in East London.
- TAC National Congress, 2005. 600 delegates in Cape Town.
- A TAC/iBase joint experts’ meeting, 2006. 50 delegates from 15 countries, Cape Town.
- A series of launch events (2006 – 2007) for Friends of TAC (FoTAC) in Cape Town, Johannesburg & Durban, with celebrity hosts Pieter-Dirk Uys, Zola 7 and Amanda Laird Cherry.
- A Women in Leadership Conference, 2007. 60 participants including the actress Emma Thompson.
- Most recently the TAC 10-year Reunion, 2014. 120 guests in Johannesburg.
In addition to the general event coordination requirements for the above, I also managed a countrywide audit of TAC’s 10 000+ members in 2004 and developed and curated display materials for a number of TAC exhibitions.
From June 2006 – October 2008 I coordinated the Joint Civil Society Monitoring Forum, a group of civil society organisations monitoring the nationwide ARV rollout. Over this period, I put together seven meetings for the JCSMF in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.
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