In the face of the National Health Laboratory Services facing collapse due to non-payment which will lead to a great loss of lives and interruption of essential diagnostic services, TAC Gauteng held a demonstration ant the MEC of Health offices in Johannesburg yesterday (12 December 2011)with the intention of showing concern regarding the imminent disaster that is facing our health system. The MEC was not available to receive the memorandum from TAC, but she sent out her Chief of Staff Mr Malibongwe Khanjana to receive it on her behalf as she was in a meeting. This comes as a shock because the TAC Provincial Council had received confirmation from her that she will be available. This goes on to show the no-commitment our leaders have when it comes to hearing the voices of the people they are serving. One wonders how important that meeting was compared to hearing the people you are supposed to taking care of their wellness. The chief of staff conveyed a message from the MEC saying that she will arrange a meeting with TAC to discuss the issue, but at this point meetings and discussions are not going to make any difference as a very important institution that plays a great role in the management of amongst other TB and HIV is facing bankruptcy and collapse.