Live life to fullest, activist tells HIV+ employees

2008-12-02 00:00

AIDS activist and musician Musa Njoko has encouraged people living with HIV to come out and live their life to the fullest.

She was speaking to hundreds of employees at the Glodina towel manufacturing company in Hammarsdale this week.

In celebrating World Aids Day, the company was also marking its achievement in becoming the first company worldwide to be accredited with an internationally recognised HIV and Aids management programme.

Njoko was invited to be a motivational speaker at the function, which was attended by Finance and Economic Development MEC Zweli Mkhize.

“I am not proud to be HIV positive, but I am also not ashamed. I am not a liability to my country because of my status, but I am an asset because I have so much to bring … I am an African woman, a mother, a sister, and a successful musician and motivational speaker,” said Njoko. She was received with loud applause.

Mkhize, who was previously Health MEC in the province, said Njoko is one of the heroines in the fight against HIV/Aids.

He also congratulated the company on its achievement.

“You have made history. In future any company that receives this accreditation will say ‘after Glodina’. We have been calling on business leaders to take charge of HIV in the workplace, but some did not think it was their responsibility”. Mkhize said it is in the interest of business to ensure that employees are healthy and therefore productive.

While there are a number of HIV and Aids programmes that provide counselling and testing as well as education campaigns, the South African National Standards (SANS) 16001:2007 is the first internationally accredited management system.

sandilez@witness.co.za

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