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No new HIV infections in next 20 years: Motlanthe

2012-03-24 18:00

Johannesburg - The government plans to bring down new HIV infection rates to zero in the next 20 years, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Saturday.

Motlanthe was addressing workers and dignitaries at the Goldfields mine in Carletonville, Gauteng, on the occasion of world tuberculosis (TB) day.

He said the National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and sexually transmitted infections (STI) would aim at eliminating new HIV and TB infections, mother to child HIV infections, and have zero preventable deaths as well as discrimination associated with the two viruses.

Targets for the next five years would include reducing new HIV infections by half, ensuring that 80% of people who need treatment for HIV received it, and that 70% of these should still be alive and still on treatment after five years.

The plan also aims to halve the number of new TB infections and related deaths, create a legal framework to protect the rights of people living with HIV and eliminate the stigma related to both, within the next five years.

Provincial Aids councils

In order to support these targets, HIV, TB and STI interventions will be included in the work of all departments and the SA National Aids Council (Sanac) would establish provincial Aids councils. These in turn would create district and local Aids councils.

Motlanthe said informal settlements would be under the spotlight in the new plan:

"The second most critical area of our focus for the first year of implementation is the provision of comprehensive health services in informal settlements across the country."

Schools would also be provided with a comprehensive health programme.

Motlanthe said stigma and discrimination had hampered attempts to fight the disease, and that government was poised to fight this.

"Lastly, we want to prioritise the human rights and access to justice component of our interventions. We will embark on a countrywide, well-organised campaign to address stigma and discrimination. This has been identified as one of the key activities in this first year of implementation," he said.

The campaign would also include mechanisms to ensure that where rights were violated, there was redress and justice.

Comments
  • Frank - 2012-03-24 18:06

    Now he,s a doctor as well.

      Koos - 2012-03-24 18:14

      We will see what nature has to say about that.

      Grootrot - 2012-03-24 18:16

      I think the call is noble, however to pass on the responsibility to mining houses was to be expected. If Motlanthe and co can make a TB and HIV test obligatory before a person starts working in a mine as well as on a six monthly basis and then get rid of this thing that you can refuse a HIV test, then it will help. However Mothlanthe is going to sleep as peace tonight... he has a scapegoat - the mining companies are forced to do a job that is illegal.

      Eduard - 2012-03-24 18:48

      what? What the hell is wrong with the world. Some people don't have 20y to live. Get a bloody cure. That means spend money on research. Tell China, they want to do business with Africa, well then, get a bloody cure before you take the resources out of the ground!!!!!

      Eduard - 2012-03-24 18:48

      what? What the hell is wrong with the world. Some people don't have 20y to live. Get a bloody cure. That means spend money on research. Tell China, they want to do business with Africa, well then, get a bloody cure before you take the resources out of the ground!!!!!

      bluzulu - 2012-03-24 18:54

      C'mon be realistic for Pete's sake; A large % of Mine workers have contracted the disease which culminates in TB cases are due to insufficiently protected workers in the mines hence the Employee should cover these costs (Treatment and compensation)not the government with your taxes cos' that's who will pay the bill if they are treated in the Public hospitals and become wards of the state. Yessss...... It's not like these mining house's are driving little Figo's around are they? these folk are living the Champagne and Caviar life most of the public aren't. These mining houses are Billionaire companies from the resources of this country , they have the money to do this quiet easily or they can hand the mine to the Government. If they do not want to Nationalize RSA mines then we must force them to reinvest in RSA.Hopefully this is just the start.

      JungleJim - 2012-03-24 19:07

      bluezul what you say? we must nationalise mine and then bring down hiv. we must further agenda of youth league for all nation. are you with me? we say what we mean and mean what say

      bluzulu - 2012-03-24 19:22

      Hey JJ

      Francois - 2012-03-24 19:56

      Bluzulu, firstly the mining companies are surely owned by a lot of rich individuals, including Ramaphosa, Sexwale and Motsepe, but also by a lot of common individuals who invested in them either directly of via their retirement or pension funds. I agree that does not pardon the mining companies if they do not adhere to the laws as they are laid down, the people responsible must certainly take the flack. Now since you are active on this website and full of criticism, pretend that you are the new president and you can lay down the laws, please tell us all what your solution for a prosperous South Africa will be and how we should all make peace with the past, including mining deaths and illnesses. Looking forward to it.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-24 20:20

      I'll tell you what mate, Maybe I should come back home and start my own party. I reckon we can become a super power in 30 years and live first worl standards ( at least 75% of the country). As far as I am concerned I do not know everything however I definitively put the RSA People of all cultures ahead of everything else.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-24 20:26

      @ Francois, There you have me wrong , if these people you mention have shares in these companies , they must pay their % too.

      Anthony - 2012-03-24 20:26

      bluzulu--dont forget the contribution your president Mbeki and dr beetroot your minister of health made to this issue--you must be so proud of them

      Francois - 2012-03-24 20:37

      Bluzulu, if a mine gets a penalty, which can happen with the class action against the gold mining companies for lung desease, those mining companies will have to fork out and the investors in that will pay their penalty in that the share prices will drop. I think that most of the people will respect each other's culture and indeed did after the reconciliation that Madiba brought - thus your ideal is possible. You however have not answered all of the questions: How do we make peace with the past? We had the TRC and we have a new constitution with the latter allowing amongst others AA to right the wrongs of the past, but it was so criminally applied that for example education is lying on the ground and started to dig. We will not have a stable country if Zuma and co continue to blame apartheid for the lack of education, but then by some black people's own acknowledgement the current education with ALL of the resources is worse than bantu education in the homelands. Thus, in my opinion we have a peace settlement in the 1996 constitution and it should be applied. What are your suggestions? And now not to criticise you, you are sitting in NZ, I am in SA and on Saturdays, I teach disadvantaged kids maths and it is shocking to hear the stories they have to tell. One girl asked me at the beginning of the year: "Francois (yes they can address me on my name), can you just please give us the curriculum and teach us the important things."

      bluzulu - 2012-03-24 21:28

      @ Francois, All are problems are due to the large proportion of poverty. Listen crime is not due to Culture rather Socio- economic profile. Please don't be ignorant and think there are no criminals in let say Iceland, Once you address this then everything else will fall in place. Everyone needs a place to call home. It makes a Human being feel like he belongs. When more people need to feel like they have a stake in this country and less feel like "Lets burn the place down " then we are on our way to ...mmmmmmmm lets say Eden and give it a Biblical text as it is Sunday morning. In regards to shareholders having to pay ,,,,,well they can have the 2014 Porsche and skip the 2013 version. geez man you portray these people as window washers on the side of the street.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-24 21:55

      Francois, people that have invested in mines take on the same risks as any stock on the market. Do you expect special treatment for these investors?

      Francois - 2012-03-24 22:00

      Bluzulu, your comment of 20h26 SA time had reference where you said that if someone has a % in a mining company they must pay - not every individual shareholder has enough influence in the management of a mining company, thus they need to live with what happens to their investments - they are risk takers. I am a shareholder in a mining company, but I can surely not drive a grand car, or I can drive only a grand car. Thus not all shareholders have grand cars and mansions, Sishen Iron Ore's shareholders who includes a lot of there workers, surely do not all drive in luxury cars. I never said that criminal activity is a genetic trait, I agree, poverty is a MAJOR contributor. I think with your intellect and research capacity you will find that education is probably one of the key elements of getting someone out of poverty. However, one cannot better your education if the labour union that represents the majority of the teachers, SADTU, has Cosatu by the short and curly and Cosatu has Zuma there and then Zuma is preciding over a government that was found by a government agency to siphon off R 30 bn per year. If I was president, I will declare teachers a critical skill and they are not allowed to strike. I will send in the army, not for conflict, but to install discipline at all schools and I will fire Motshekga who could not solve the EC's problems. Now let us hear your ideas, as you still have not put forwards one, except for a new party, which we all want Julius to do.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-24 22:30

      Aha , So you have a vested interest in this topic which makes you biased even if you don't know that you are, that's cool. Like I said any investment is a risk, personally I have invested in properties and a 1969 Dodge Superbee with 440 commando motor (6 pack) as there is less risk attached to these investments. I try to live to what I need instead of what I want and ensured my future is covered by these assets. Francois , As you can understand there is so much thats needs attention we cannot go into all of it however in broad strokes, heres what we do; Change existing exports to ensure more is reinvested in this country. This will have a domino effect as all facets of this domestic economy will accelerate with funding. Proper governence goes without saying. Invest in modern power generation thereby creating a new industry and jobs. Tighten the ropes on overseas imports, A few entrepreneurs are getting super rich by closing down local companies and importing cheap equivalents. Install a 80% local content in all State enterprise purchases. man we can go on and on, however as you can see I do know what I',m talking about. Don't you?

      Francois - 2012-03-24 22:55

      Nope, Bluzulu, the VP address was shown on TV as well and he referred to people working underground and yes working underground certainly increases your chances of getting TB especially if you have Aids. Well in fact most of South Africans do have one or the other strain of TB, Aids in some cases just cause it to become harmful. I do not invest in gold mining, due to exactly the high risk of law suits for health problems and the environmental law suits are probably on their way. Change existing exports to ensure more is reinvested in this country - diificult without electricity and the lack of skills - both ANC conundrums. This will have a domino effect as all facets of this domestic economy will accelerate with funding. Proper governence goes without saying. Invest in modern power generation thereby creating a new industry and jobs - this was said in 1998 already and I agree, Mbeki disagreed. Tighten the ropes on overseas imports, A few entrepreneurs are getting super rich by closing down local companies and importing cheap equivalents - Nope local industry must become more effective so that we can compete. Install a 80% local content in all State enterprise purchases - agree especially t shirts from China and that eliminate the procurement of arms. Now how do we make peace with one another and with the past?

      bluzulu - 2012-03-25 08:03

      How do you teach Humans to treat one another as Humans ? Seems Religion is not the way, Francois I can't tell you how we get into people's heads and flip that switch , unfortunately it is going to change a few Generations to mend that failing, The worse thing about that scenario is it is down to human behaviour , which last time I checked it is down to each citizen doing whats the expectation of a RSA citizen.

      Francois - 2012-03-25 16:40

      Firstly Bluzulu, apologies for the delay in answering. You have displayed well informed opinions on SA and could quote problems in the country dating back from the time when the Afrikaner, of which I am one, have been oppressed. That makes apartheid even worse, but that is another debate for another day. Your ideas on SA's future are also sound. Religion may be the answer and to quote Gandhi: "Jesus Christ was great, it is his followers I cannot stand." I think that true religion can make a difference, but that gospel needs to be preached. Let me make the question more easy: What will make you to forgive? Sure the laws in this country was stacked against you and a lot of other South Africans and we cannot change the past, we can only change the future. Most of the South African to whom I speak and the range from obviously a lot of Afrikaners, but also black, colored and Indian people would like this country to be a success. That is not going to happen if the present government is going to continue to blame apartheid for everything that is wrong in society, after almost 18 years of democracy, government must also take some responsibility. We are not going to get to treat one another as human beings if the one side is always going to be blamed,simply because you are the devisive. Back to the question:What will it take for you to forgive and not go off?Sure as for people like Generaal, take it from whom it comes.What do we need to do to live together with the past buried?

      Louis - 2012-03-25 18:43

      Frank this guy is a joke. All that is required is that the they must stop shagging everything that moves.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-26 09:29

      @ Francois, I see everyone as an equal9 i have even helped 5 RSA familiesof all cultures ) settle in NZ however the continual posts here regarding the disparaging of the struggle is really unforgivable. Seems some people is RSA condone the past. Admitted this is a small %. of the RSA public. People should be judged as an individual which it seems to a "Null and Void inference" here. RSA is a young democracy with SOME Corrupt individuals however this will correct itself in time.Time is what is required and Time marches at it's own pace. I have friends of many different cultures from Chilean to Vietnamese. I love it, how do you teach others to love the differences between cultures and not look down on them for those differences is an issue bonded in time. Sorry , I did not get the teaching issue you were talking about however I do agree with you that Teacher are critical to RSA. Anther item at the top of RSA agenda should be the Manufacturing of our Raw product to a stage where it is sold for 5 x it's value rather that the current situation where other countries are processing our raw material and selling it back to RSA for a huge profit. This would also ensure Job creation. I don't hate anyone , I found this website a couple of weeks ago and was shocked as some of the posts. I suppose Ateroa is so relaxed, I need this to add some stress to my life, just kidding. As Louis has remarked , this discussion will not make any difference in RSA perceptions. It has been nice topic.

  • Vlam - 2012-03-24 18:07

    And the moon is made of cheese.

      Melanie - 2012-03-24 18:14

      amen!!!

      Brad.Kopping - 2012-03-24 18:17

      Give this Vlam a bells!

      JungleJim - 2012-03-24 19:07

      i never heard of this thing about moon and cheese. must be a white believ

  • Melanie - 2012-03-24 18:10

    pls mr vice pres, levae these diseases alone! U want 2 get rid of business..some of us are self employed by having biotech businesses due to tb and hiv. Now u want me close my business? Safrica is a breeding country for hiv, and i wonder how will u win this one. Forget, dude..its business, and americans/europeans bring funds 4 us 2 survive due to this.pls abeg

      Nettie - 2012-03-24 20:18

      Good golly miss Molly!

  • Bomb - 2012-03-24 18:11

    If it was anyone else but the aANCer, maybe, but otherwise......HAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-03-24 18:15

    An ambitious target. I wonder what happened to Zuma's 5million jobs by 2020? Probably short lived and tossed on the shelf with the rest of their promises...I'll give this program 4 months and it will be scrapped cause of lack of funds...and guess who will have to foot the bill.

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-03-24 18:16

    trying to assuage your collective conscience for murdering 350 000?

      JungleJim - 2012-03-24 19:08

      stoop being antirevolution, you must transform you mind to understand the anc you leage agenda

      patrick.saunders123 - 2012-03-24 21:03

      @junglejim it's amazing how you can type and appear to be thinking at the same time when in actuality you aren't thinking at all. You have no clue and never will have a clue.

  • Frans Van der Poll - 2012-03-24 18:18

    Oh come on vice pres. you can't stop TB, corruption, violence ect. Maybe you fool yourself but definitely not the people.

  • Nettie - 2012-03-24 18:18

    "Plans" will not help only action.

  • Melanie - 2012-03-24 18:18

    now that we are closer to finish the trials for the gel, how then are we gonna make moni if the infection rate drops?who will b our clients?rather talk about controlling the spread of the bug, and not dropping the rate.

  • Sarah Thaw Nee Little - 2012-03-24 18:20

    What a joke. They are never going to get that right from a nation that cant keep taking their TB meds and ARV's!

  • Melanie - 2012-03-24 18:20

    now that we are closer to finish the trials for the gel, how then are we gonna make moni if the infection rate drops?who will b our clients?its all about business, cause ur government mr vice pres kills us on tax, tolling systems, food commodities, petrol, etc...

  • Smell - 2012-03-24 18:22

    Great. Our government has finally acknowledged that HIV causes AIDS. Our government have thus finally encouraged people to wear condoms. The state has finally started to dish out those "toxic" antiretrovirals. And the HIV epidemic is slowing down. This is not rocket science folks. Now what the dickens happened again from 1998 to 2006? Ah, the garlic and beetroot approach did not work. Pity that 300,000 Africans lost their lives because of a horribly misguided government policy. I think Mr. Mbeki owes the nation a sincere apology for persisting with his horribly misguided HIV/AIDS policies while ignoring the advice from our mainstream medical community. And BTW, TB is caused by a bacterium, not a virus.

  • Henry - 2012-03-24 18:23

    Do you plan on fitting every household with a shower Mr Motlanthe?

      Brad.Kopping - 2012-03-24 19:14

      OUCH xD nice one

  • Mandu - 2012-03-24 18:23

    Wow, really?? That's a little too ambitious, no?

  • jaap.kotze - 2012-03-24 18:24

    Powerful stuff, he smokes!

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-24 18:30

    Great goals now lets try an achieve an "A" on this task.

      JungleJim - 2012-03-24 19:08

      you are antirevolutin

  • Tanie - 2012-03-24 18:35

    Who gave all these mentally retards of ouvrou mense huis access to the internet?

      Francois - 2012-03-24 20:41

      Jou man, tannie Marikie.

  • Melanie - 2012-03-24 18:37

    literally ur telling people to stop having sex...impossible! Ur dreaming mr government, hiv is here to stay and i make part of my living due to hiv, tb, sti and other comm diseases. Microbacteria don't talk, so please manage the macrobacteria- malema

  • Eduard - 2012-03-24 18:49

    what? What the hell is wrong with the world. Some people don't have 20y to live. Get a bloody cure. That means spend money on research. Tell China, they want to do business with Africa, well then, get a bloody cure before you take the resources out of the ground!!!!!

  • Bigsexy.jm - 2012-03-24 19:19

    Who says you will be charge in 20 years? President Zille sounds just lovely

      bluzulu - 2012-03-24 19:27

      Come on now, you really don't believe that , Do you? Well it's going to be a long 20 years for you unfortunately.

      JungleJim - 2012-03-24 20:59

      bluzol, stop it, you embaras yoself prez malema in 2 years. viva viva black balk

      Mandla - 2012-03-24 21:03

      N u know what,dey dont even think abt dat,yes Zille sounds nice,bt hey u cant trust dat smile

  • marnalouw - 2012-03-24 19:48

    Really? They really are wasting time with making bullcrap predictions like this. Unrealistic.

  • Andrew - 2012-03-24 20:03

    He is living in cloud cuckoo land. This is Africa and we all know their attitude to sex. Teachers and the pupils and those going for their children. Send him to an institution for observation. What an ignorant fool. Look into the morror and see where the problem lies.

  • Trevor - 2012-03-24 20:17

    And pigs might fly.

  • Anthony - 2012-03-24 20:18

    --quote-- 'motlanthe said stigma and discrimination had hampered attempts to fight the disease'- -lets not forget what that intelectual giant Mbeki and doctor beetroot our minister of health contributed ----criminals

  • MattQ4 - 2012-03-24 20:24

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • Karin - 2012-03-24 20:43

    The success of any project depends on the support from the people! Stop fooling yourselves with a 1001 promises and start to deliver! We would like a article that says: NO MORE HIV INFECTIONS.

  • Karin - 2012-03-24 20:43

    The success of any project depends on the support from the people! Stop fooling yourselves with a 1001 promises and start to deliver! We would like a article that says: NO MORE HIV INFECTIONS.

  • Nettie - 2012-03-24 21:00

    Sorry no action no satisfaction!

  • smasangwana - 2012-03-24 21:14

    Theory is prevailing but South Africans will be satisfied by manifestation of whatever 'Doctors' have said in public

  • smasangwana - 2012-03-24 21:14

    Theory is prevailing but South Africans will be satisfied by manifestation of whatever 'Doctors' have said in public

  • smasangwana - 2012-03-24 21:14

    Theory is prevailing but South Africans will be satisfied by manifestation of whatever 'Doctors' have said in public

  • Sheik - 2012-03-24 21:16

    The ANC has great faith in being in power that long to make predictions that far in advance. I think by then this Country will be colonised by the Chinese and the ANC will be bowing down to their new Masters (They already listen to them when dishing out Visas)

  • Dave - 2012-03-25 03:51

    Hey, I don't wish HIV or TB on anyone I know or myself for that matter, but let's face facts. We are breeding at such a rate that soon we'll breed ourselves into extinction. Its nature’s way of culling....there's simply not enough world and resources to sustain humans at this rate. It's time for people to think about how many children we have, because all these deceases start in overpopulated areas. Rather spend the money on conserving our planet, educating people or alternatively space exploration…..because we’ll need to!

  • Francois - 2012-03-25 07:29

    As for the comment of 21h55, no I don't expect special treatment for the investors in mining companies. I also expect that the management of these companies see to it that they abide by the laws. I also expect these companies as legal entities to pay up for any harm they cause or law they break, but I also expect government to do its job. I expect government to educate the people about Aids and TB. A lot of the mining companies already have campaigns to do so, but they or any other company cannot do anything if the are not allowed to do HIV tests. The people who refuse these tests are usually those with high risk behavios, thus unless one can get an obligatory programme introduced for employees (and therefor you must change the law), Motlanthe's speech is worth less than the paper it is written on.

  • Marion - 2012-03-25 08:24

    Who gets to decide which 80% get the chance to live on ARV's and which 20% are just left to take their chances without ARV's? The same people who have decided that murderers and serial rapists have the right to life!

  • William - 2012-03-25 08:32

    Now they are even playing GOD....

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-03-25 08:34

    ANC shall we try get the small things right first then concentrate in the bigger things. People get reinfected from all around the world.

  • hendrik.vdberg - 2012-03-25 19:44

    too little.. test everyone and treat 100% and do it in 5 years

  • Quanta-His - 2012-03-26 09:23

    Hope it will come true..

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