Strategic Aids plan widely welcomed

2011-12-01 12:44

Johannesburg - Cosatu and the National Union of Mineworkers have joined the Treatment Action Campaign in welcoming the expected launch of a new strategic plan to fight HIV on Thursday.

President Jacob Zuma was expected to launch the five-year National Strategic Plan (NSP) at a national World Aids Day event in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.

"It is a bold plan. South Africa is showing leadership at a time when many other parts of the world are retreating from their commitments on HIV," the TAC said.

Union federation the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it wanted to see a clear implementation programme and budget for the NSP's objectives.


"Will government and the department of health achieve its target to have 2.6m people on ARVs within 2013 and 2014?" HIV and Aids policy co-ordinator Jacqueline Bodibe asked.

Cosatu said if nurses did not receive adequate training, the goal to cut the number of new infections in half would not be reached. It was concerned by the number of people dying of Aids because they had tuberculosis as well.

Meanwhile, mineworkers affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers would gather at the Eskom College in Midrand to commemorate World Aids day.

"HIV/Aids is the greatest threat ever facing mineworkers in particular and construction and energy workers in general," spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said.

"The Num fully backs the minister of health's comprehensive response to the pandemic and appeals to all organs of society to rally behind government in the fight against the pandemic."

He said mineworkers were encouraged to get tested and know their status.

  • Impi - 2011-12-01 12:57

    "It is a bold plan. South Africa is showing leadership at a time when many other parts of the world are retreating from their commitments on HIV," the TAC said" IF EVER I HAVE READ RUBBISH, THEN IT IS THIS!!!!!!!!!!!! We are showing leadership against the fight against HIV/Aids?

      msendi - 2011-12-01 15:05

      Calm down Impi!!!!

      Servaas - 2011-12-01 15:10

      Ag news24. GFY.. Seriously.. cant say nothing about our village idiot president.

      Impi - 2011-12-01 15:20

      @Servaas. Don't worry they take turns at us. Last week it was me, this week it is you. I wouldn't call him the village idiot though. A far better definition of him is the spineless puppet of the Shaik Mafia, who are stealing us all blind! Let us see how long this comment lasts on here. Shaik will probably get Maharaj to call the Puppet to get it removed. No more freedom of speech, remember?

      Servaas - 2011-12-01 15:51

      Yes.. Because we are ANC, we cheat, lie, bribe and steal and run and cry like a little b*tch when someone says anything. F the ANC. F their bill, F Malema and F Zuma. Thats about how patriotic I will get. I am ASHAMED to call myself South African because of them. The ANC has done nothing but shame south Africans. Oh and it will be mission impossible if they can be in the news for something good for a change.. Not Zuma's EPIC fail moments of PLANS that do not work.. Like that stupid presedential hotline. I'm in SA for a year, then me and my daughter will be gone and will sit and watch the ANC burn SA further, bunch of clowns! Good Riddance to bad rubbish...

  • Msandi - 2011-12-01 13:01

    No one commenting on stuff that sounds somewhat progressive this afternoon? I guess everyone is gone to the testing station...

      Sharon - 2011-12-01 13:31

      All of the trolls went to get free T/Shirts for summer, just so the public and the world will think Zumas "new" plan will work.

  • Peter - 2011-12-01 13:24

    Just keep your zips up you twats...and stop treating it like its an airbourne virus!

      Maai - 2011-12-01 13:58

      Comment of the week!

  • dvanderwalt - 2011-12-01 13:48

    Ironic the photo of the roadside test in Cape Town. The person performing the test does not have glothes on and have blood of the person being tested on her finger.

      brett.susan - 2011-12-01 14:11

      good point

      ServaasD - 2011-12-01 14:16

      Yes, they can't even get the basics right. F this government is such a joke. I am actually ashamed to be South African and to be painted with the same brush thanks to our idiot government. They are a disgrace.

  • Breedlike - 2011-12-01 14:17

    Here is a couple of strategies I guarantee will work: 1.No glove no love. 2.Dont be a fool wrap your tool.

  • brett.susan - 2011-12-01 14:18

    o the TAC no doubt welcomes the move to roll out their paymasters' ARV's and thereby keep big pharma the massive industry that it is hardly serious about health, nutrition, abstinence....when the TAC proclaims the value of nutrition and multivitamin intake rather than ARV's and pap.

  • tandiees - 2011-12-04 21:42

    its very sad wat they do after ubaba uMandela fought and put them in power,now they're taking advantage of the fact that he's old and taking us voters for their fools at the sametym smooth talkin' us.i knw nothing abt politics but i can c wat is happening is not ryt my gorvement is corrupt and its disgusting and disgraceful...

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