Vera Qwesha was not so different from most girls in South Africa, experiencing common struggles, such as peer pressure and various socio-eonomic factors - such as poverty, substance abuse, unemployment and domestic challenges. During her teenage years, she experienced a series of trials and tribulations which made her to be an outcast among society.
As we celebrate 39 years since the June 1976 uprising, more needs to be done to ensure that young people are educated, employed and empowered, writes Oliver Meth and Gerard Boyce.
Exposure to HIV may contribute to delays and failure of the development of new-borns in the in the absence of compensatory treatment provided by extra stimulation. The earlier the children are given treatment the better as this will assist with the development and preventing HIV. It is recommended that babies born to mothers with HIV be tested between 14 - 21 days after birth, at 1 - 2 months, and again at 4 - 6 months. Testing should be done using virologic HIV which looks directly for the virus in the blood.
Is Social Protection the Southern African Answer? This was a question posed by Dr Lucie Cluver to illustrate the impact that money and social support has on the progress of HIV prevention and adherence amongst young people.
The 7th SA AIDS Conference was officially launched at the ICC Durban. Conference chair, Dr Nono Simelela welcomed the speakers and delegates, and set the tone for the Conference with a powerful speech. She said that the conference is a meeting for people to reflect on the progress that South Africa has made in reducing the impact and spreading of AIDS.
Efficiently - doing a function with the least amount of effort and time
President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency J.G. Zuma, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mtethwa, Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Buti Manamela, Deputy Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Deputy Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Kenny Morolong and the Board of the NYDA, President of the Pan African Youth Union, Francine Lumunya,
“I have never used an ATM.” Two boys, orphan refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, grew up in a Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC) in Pretoria. Here they were safe. Here they had regular, healthy meals and could attend school – theirs was a childhood with significantly more care, provision and hope than many other children in South Africa face.
During the month of April, the Thuthuzela Care Centre (TCC) survivors in Mamelodi saw the conviction of a serial rapist who had raped 21 women from 2008 until he was arrested in March 2013, when he was caught using a victims cellphone.
I have written about the frustration of fundraising for nonprofit, community based organisations in South Africa before and feel the need to once again touch on this subject. My frustration level has not decreased. Some of the frustrations include: The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF):