HIV-AIDS STILL A SERIOUS PROBLEM IN SOUTH AFRICA WITH NEARLY SEVEN MILLION AFFLICTED WITH THE DISEASE
(Mrs Cwengekile Myeni, manager of the Hillcrest Aids Centre Gogo group, Mrs Phindiwe Mashiloane, assistant manager, and Ms Rebekka Stredwick, Volunteer Gogo Group)
For the second time in 16 years, South Africa will be hosting the International Aids Conference from July 18 to 22 to place the spotlight on one of the most-deadliest pandemics to afflict the world. More than 20 000 delegates from Africa and other parts of the world will descend on the coastal city of Durban to highlight the effects of the HIV-AIDs virus and to work together to combat the disease. Since the last conference in the city in 2 000, South Africa has made tremendous strides in curbing and controlling the disease through the introduction of anti-retroviral drugs and various educational and social programmes. Subry Govender travelled to a rural area regarded as the epicentre of Aids in the province of KwaZulu-Natal and compiled this radio feature on the situation in South Africa today to coincide with the International Aids conference.