World AIDS Day

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.

Red Lace Race 2019

TB HIV Care’s inaugural ‘Red Lace Race’ took place in Khayelitsha on Saturday, 01 December last year to mark World AIDS Day 2018.

The event saw a relatively small turn-out, but ran smoothly (with wonderful support from the City of Cape Town) and great fun was had by all.

TB HIV Care has big plans for the Red Lace Race and the organisation is now working closely with staff, stakeholders and community groups (incl. the Khayelitsha Athletics Club and the City of Cape Town) to plan the Red Lace Race for 2019.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, 30 November. Watch this space!