Local AIDS council launched in Ba-phalaborwa Municipality
By: Blessing Mabunda
Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality has official launched Local Aids Council and members of Ba-Phalaborwa municipality Local Aids Council. The launch was held on Thursday, 20 April 2016 at Ba-Phalaborwa Municipal Activity Hall.
Ba-phalaborwa’s Jonas Mahesu said “the municipality is committed to achieving a free generation as well as offering free quality support to all residents that are affected or infected with the pandemic disease”.
The launch which was styled as LET OUR ACTIONS COUNT HIV, TB & STI RESPONSE, was attended by EXCO members , Cllr Sophie Magomane ,Cllr Thompson Nkuna, Chief whip Eric Hlungwane , Ba-Phalaborwa Pastors Fraternal, Counsellors ,Officials from the local department of health, South African Local Government Association(SALGA) and Civil Society amongst others.
Acting Mayor of the day Cllr Sophie Magomane said “the launch of the local Aids Council this year is yet another step in the continuous journey to combat the HIV and AIDS in our communities.’ Today we re –affirm our commitment as a municipality to scale up and intensify the multi –sectoral response to HIV and TB and as an incoming council, we are looking forward to walking hand in hand with our stakeholders in the next five years to ensure that our society is not only educated but capacitated”, she said.
Magomane also said “changing dynamics in gender equality also play a critical role in helping communities to turn the tide of HIV and TB in many family structures.’ The inequalities between men and women typically leave women and girls vulnerable to the HIV infection and its impacts. Since gender is a social construct, we have the power to shape perceptions and norms in our communities for better”.
Yvonne Basani Nkwinika from Phakgamang Home Based Care in Namakgale was appointed as Deputy Chairperson of the local Aids council while the Council will be chaired by the Honourable Mayor Pule Shayi.