2023 News

Kings support TB HIV Care initiatives in the Eastern Cape

In the lead-up to World AIDS Day, members of the abaThembu Royal Family in OR Tambo District in the Eastern Cape, led by His Majesty King Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo, decided to throw their weight behind a campaign that emphasises the importance of HIV treatment adherence and retention in care.

Treatment adherence was just one of the challenges addressed at the Eastern Cape’s AIDS Day commemoration, which was held at the North End Stadium in Matatiele on Friday, 01 December. The Royal Family encouraged members of all communities to attend, and they will continue to facilitate community engagement by hosting advocacy workshops and seminars, meetings with traditional leaders within the Kingdom, and cultural events to engage directly with affected individuals and provide support and education.

In addition, the King Dalimvula Matanzima Foundation (KDMF) has agreed to partner with TB HIV Care to address the intertwined challenges of tuberculosis and HIV in the Eastern Cape – a cause that resonates with KDMF’s commitment to community upliftment.

Both royal families recognise the pivotal role they can play, and look forward to leveraging their networks, resources, voice and influence to bring about positive change – and transform the health and wellbeing of their people.

Many thanks to Siphamandla Mabesi, TB HIV Care Communications Coordinator, who is driving this initiative and working hard to build strong relationships with key stakeholders in the Eastern Cape.

World AIDS Day 2023

On Friday, 1 December TB HIV Care attended a number of World AIDS Day events around the country, including the National Event in Mandeni, KZN; the Eastern Cape Provincial Event in Matatiele; and the Western Cape Provincial Event in Khayelitsha, where TB HIV Care joined the community in raising the voices of the youth, paving the way for the younger generation to lead the way to health and wellness.

Our Correctional Services Programme celebrated the day with the Rustenburg Area Commissioner Officer of Correctional Services in LMN (Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West), who invited TB HIV Care to  deliver a talk on U=U and the linkage of released inmates back into the community.

Our Key Populations team marked the day with a special outreach in Wynberg, where HIV testing services were offered to clients and residents.

TB HIV Care’s Annual Stakeholder Meeting

On Thursday, 09 November special guests, our Board of Directors, management team and ‘tenners’ (those hitting the 10-year service milestone at TB HIV Care during the last financial year) joined Prof. Harry Hausler at the Double Tree Hotel in Woodstock for TB HIV Care’s Annual Stakeholder Meeting (ASM).

It’s an important event on our annual calendar as it gives Prof. Harry Hausler (CEO), Lionel Janari (Chairperson) and Greg Wesson (Treasurer and Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee) a chance to present our programmes’ performance and financial standing (FY2022-2023) – as well as connect with our funders, partners and stakeholders.

This year’s ASM was held under the theme Mental Health in TB and HIV Programmes, and it was incredible to hear Babalwa Makhonco Mbali (Senior Social Worker), Sabelo Chumane (Social Worker) and Dr Clare Hoffman (Mental Health Specialist) speak about the realities on the ground, and how mental health services are layered and delivered through our programmes in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

The keynote address was delivered by Jenn Drummond, HIV Prevention Branch Chief, CDC South Africa, who flew in specially for the event, and we can’t thank her enough for her reflections and insights on mental health, including the call to “holistically address all the individuals we serve.” Jenn Drummond saluted TB HIV Care for “leading the way” in addressing and incorporating mental health in TB and HIV programming, and it was a privilege to hear her speak.

As always, a highlight of the ASM was our ‘tenners video’, which celebrates team members with ten years under their belt at TB HIV Care! It was special, too, that many of the Cape Town ‘tenners’ could join us in person.

Laurene Booyens (Chief Programme Officer) flexed her MC skills (thank you Laurene!) and managed to keep everything on track (despite the odd technical hiccup) with warmth and humour. All in all, it was a great morning spent in the company of a great team, so thanks to all those who joined us in person or online!