16 Days of Activism 2018
This year marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day commemorations which takes place annually on 1st of December.
A Significant progress has been made in the AIDS response since 1988, and today three in four people living with HIV in South Africa, know their status, furthermore the number of AIDS related deaths has been on a consistent decline from 276 921 in 2007 to 115 167 in 2018. The total number of people living with HIV in South Africa has however increased from an estimated 4.25 million in 2002 to the 7.52 million by 2018 according to StatsSA.
This day is specially commemorated as a moment to stand and unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It’s also an opportunity for the world to show support for people living with HIV and in remembrance of those who have died from AIDS related illness. As part of honouring this day, SABC employees took time to commemorate this day on the 30th of December 2018. From Group executives, line managers and employees, employees took turns at the Radio Park and TV reception to get tested.
Employee Wellness Manager, Nomusa Kweyama highlighted that “we know how important the day is, so we decided that we celebrate World AIDS Day before the actual day. This year’s world AIDS day is on Saturday and some of the employees won’t be at work.” And she further stated that “the whole aim of the initiative is to get our employees tested and know their status. And after employees have tested, we give them a token of appreciation and a certificate, which is something they can take home.”
Minutes after he just got tested the SABC, Group Executive of Human Resource, Mr Jonathan Thekiso acknowledged the initiative by saying “I think this initiative is a worthy process for the SABC for it to be a forefront of conscientizing our employees on AIDS. I want to congratulate the wellness team for this initiative and we looking forward for this to be done annually.”