Durban geared up for World Aids conference - Radebe

Durban – South Africa is prepared to host the world's top scientists, civil society members and policymakers when the Aids 2016 conference convenes in Durban in July, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said.

Radebe was on Monday addressing media on the preparedness of the city ahead of the 21st Aids conference that will be held from July 18 to 22.

Radebe said all spheres of government were working closely to ensure the conference is well organised.

"The province of KwaZulu-Natal and the city of eThekwini have over a number of years acquired great experience and efficiency in hosting large-scale national and international events.

"We can therefore confidently promise visiting and local delegates that the conference will be efficient and safe and that the logistical support will enable delegates to focus on the principal objective of advancing the global fight against HIV and Aids."

Radebe called on residents to "open their hearts and homes as we welcome delegates".

"AIDS2016 will provide a global platform to raise awareness about the work that remains to be done to make the end of Aids a reality."

South Africa will, for the second time in partnership with the International Aids Society, host the biannual international Aids conference.

The International Aids Society is the world's leading independent association of professionals involved in the fight against HIV, boasting 16 000 members in 170 countries.

The upcoming conference will be held at the Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal under the theme: "Access Equity Rights – Now".

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