ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR, CLLR LBR DHLAMINI ON THE WORLD AIDS DAY COMMEMORATION AND 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISIM FOR NO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Theme: “HANDS UP FOR #HIV PREVENTION AND IT IS IN OUR HANDS TO END HIV AND TB
STANDERTON TOWN HALL: LEKWA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY
· Honourable Speaker, Councillor H.M Khotha
· Chief Whip of Council, Councillor M.L Molaba
· Honourable Members of the Mayoral Committee, Councillors V.T Malinga and B.P Malinga
· Honourable Councillors
· Bishops and Pastors
· Sector Departments
· Private and Business Sector
· Officials of the Gert Sibande District and Lekwa Local Municipality
· Non-Government Organizations and Non-Profitable Organizations
· Home Based Cares
· HIV and AIDS Activist
· All protocol observed
I wish to indicate my humble gratitude to have this opportunity to address this eminent house and the people of our municipality.
In it’s 2014 World Aids Day report, which reveals the latest global HIV statistics, UNAids authors reveal “this confidence is based on a combination of major scientific breakthroughs and accumulated lessons learned over more than a decade of scaling up the Aids response worldwide”.
In order to reach the end of the epidemic the following “fast-track targets” need to be achieved by 2030:
- 90% of people with HIV need to know they’re infected with the virus;
- 90% of people who know their HIV status need to be on treatment; and
- 90% of HIV-positive people on treatment need to have suppressed viral loads (viral loads low enough for HIV infected people’s immune systems to remain strong and for them to stop being infectious).
Nearly 90% of HIV infection occur in just 30 countries worldwide, including Brazil, SA, Angola, Swaziland and Zimbabwe among other. As June 2014 according to UNAIDS report only 38% of Adult and 24% of children with HIV are on treatment, New infections among Adults has dropped by 38% since 2001, new infections among children have decline by even more by 58% from 580 000 in 2001 to 270 000 in 2016
In Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 70% of the world new HIV infection occur, Aids related death have drop drastically between 2005 and 2016
2012 ANC Survey has shown an alarming 47.4% of HIV Prevalence within Lekwa Area of Jurisdiction which required a multi-sectoral approach towards the fight against HIV/AIDS. While in 2014 we have seen a significant decline in HIV Prevalence of 35.0% this is a clear indication of a successful HIV programme implementation by all stakeholders within the municipality.World Aids Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died on HIV related diseases. World AIDS Day 2016 provides us with the opportunity to remind ourselves that HIV has not gone away and that collectively, there is the need to increase knowledge and awareness and to continue to fight prejudice, stigma and discrimination.
Lekwa Municipality have a functional Local Aids Council that implement programs that are inline National Strategic plan 2012-2016. Together we must fight for HID/AIDS FREE GENERATION. This can be done collective and with integrated programmes. Our young people have to be actively involved on HIV/AIDS related programmes and have to be on a forefront. Lekwa Local Municipality is committed on supporting initiatives that will help us to reduce the new infections of HIV/AIDS. Further we’re committed in making sure that those who are living with HIV/AIDS are well taken of and have access to ARV’s and other medical sources.
World Aids Day is also commemorated during the period of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.
The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World AIDS Day.
During this time, the South African Government runs a 16 Days of Activism Campaign to make people aware of the negative impact of violence on women and children and to act against abuse. We are firmly committed to lead a coordinated effort to sustain the campaign into its next decade.
Every year, government, civil-society organisations and the business sector work together to broaden the impact of the campaign. By supporting this campaign, thousands of South Africans have also helped to increase awareness of abuse and build support for victims and survivors of abuse.
It is for this reason that we have earlier walked from Sakhile to Standerton in-order to make the community out there aware of these activities as they link to each other. Awareness programmes on issues of women and children have to be a day to day programme. We can change lives by making sure that every minute your get in engaging with people you make them aware of HIV/AIDS and No violence against Women and Children. ONE ON ONE programmes have to continue. Messages like these have to find space in our gatherings including church services. We must not forget people living with disabilities on these activities as they’re part of the community and are also affected if not infected.
Thank you for taking your time and spend it with us. Siyabonga, Dankie, Thank you, Reyalebowa.
“Together moving Lekwa Forward”
I THANK YOU