Monthly Archives: November 2016

MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe: 2016 festive message

We are once again, at the end of yet another exciting year, 2016 which was full of remarkable moments in many areas of our education in the province. As we welcome the Christmas and end-of-year season, with all the joy, excitement and merriment that is...

MEC Ismail Vadi: 2015/16 Gauteng Roads and Transport annual report

Speech in Gauteng Provincial Legislature on the 2015/16 Annual ReportMadam SpeakerWe welcome this debate on the (2015/16) Annual Report of the Department of Roads and Transport, gFleet and the Gautrain Management Agency as it presents us with an opport...

MEC Belinda Scott commemorates World Aids Day in Pietermaritzburg

UMgungundlovu District Champion, MEC Belinda Scott, together with uMgungundlovu District Mayor, Cllr Thobekile Maphumulo invite journalist to the commemoration of the World Aids Day event to be held in Pietermaritzburg tomorrow.Under the theme: "It is...

Minister Mosebenzi Zwane addresses North West Economic Lekgotla

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane (MP), will on 01 December 2016 address the Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies (VTSD) Economic Lekgotla in the North West Province. The Lekgotla is taking place from 30 November to 02 December 2016. Mining r...

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses World Aids Day Commemoration

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will tomorrow, Thursday 01 December 2016 address the World Aids Day Commemoration at Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton, Gauteng Province.

Deputy President Ramaphosa will be joined by Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, SANAC Deputy Chairperson Steve Letsike, Premier David Makhura and MEC and representatives of civil society.

In his message ahead of the commemoration, Deputy President Ramaphosa said As we approach World Aids Day on 1 December, we are inspired by the many actions taken by South Africans from all walks of life over many years to fight AIDS. Thanks to your efforts, we have the biggest HIV treatment programme in the world, with nearly 3.5 million people on life-saving anti-retrovirals.

We are bringing care and treatment of TB to the doorstep of vulnerable populations in correctional services and mining towns. 'Today, South Africans are living longer and more productive lives. Fewer people are dying from AIDS and TB. We have dramatically reduced mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

This has been made possible because all of us have worked together. 'We have risen to the challenge. We are acting in various ways � big and small � to spread information, fight stigma and promote healthy lifestyles. But the fight against HIV and TB is far from over.

The rate of new HIV infections is still extremely high. Of particular concern are the high rates of new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women. As we expand our treatment programme, we need to make prevention of HIV transmission a critical and immediate priority.

We have no choice. We must act now to stop the spread of HIV and TB. We must preach and practice responsible sexual behaviour. This means using a condom during every sexual act. It means not having multiple sexual partners. It means getting tested regularly.

It means working together in communities � as individuals and organisations � to combat stigma and discrimination. We will not overcome these diseases unless we work harder to overcome the economic and social problems that fuel the spread of these diseases.

We must ensure that all South Africans have shelter, food, water and decent sanitation. We must strive for gender equality in the home, in the community and in the workplace. We must stop violence against women and children.

We must create a society in which people are able to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around them. We call on all South Africans to play your part today and every day. The future of our country depends on you.

It is in our hands to end HIV and TB, concluded Deputy President Ramaphosa.

Source: Government of South Africa