• PinkDrive


    PinkDrive, an initiative of Cause Marketing Fundraisers, is fast becoming one of South Africa’s best-loved community initiatives. PinkDrive is an indispensable, tangible breast cancer public benefit organisation. With the message ‘Early Detection Saves Lives’, PinkDrive’s aim is creating an accessible breast cancer education and screening programme for all South African women.
    The PinkDrive initiative currently powers the Mobile Mammography Unit and the Mobile Educational Unit which travels with qualified nurses to approximately 108 community clinics as well as to corporate organisations in Gauteng. In the clinic, the nurses host breast health educational talks educating the people of breast cancer and the importance of early detection. The mobile breast check units are then open to the public to have free clinical breast examinations done by the PinkDrive nurses.
    The PinkDrive Mobile Mammography Unit travelled to KwaZulu-Natal from Monday, 27 May until Friday, 31 May 2013. The unit visited public hospital in collaboration with the management to offer free mammograms to women without medical insurance.
    The unit, which is a mobile breast, clinic visited the Madadeni Hospital in Newcastle the following day the unit operated at the Ladysmith hospital. On Wednesday, 29 May 2013 the unit drove to the Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg and proceeded to operate at the Addington Hospital on Thursday, 30 and Friday, 31 May 2013. The unit then proceed to raise awareness of breast cancer at the Comrades Marathon. By the end of the tour the PinkDrive had offered and done 133 mammograms for free to women and men, who without this assistance would not financially afford this vital breast health service. The tour was proudly funded by the Bidvest Group, who has been a loyal sponsor of breast cancer awareness and education.
    “In the last half of 2012, the Bidvest Group began supporting PinkDrive through various activities, such as the Pink Tie Dinner and The 94.7 Cycle Challenge. This year, the organisation wanted to give its full support to the initiative by supporting it in all its endeavours. PinkDrive does such amazing work in providing services to women from disadvantaged communities and it is great to be a part of such a life-changing initiative,” explains Alma Burger, corporate social investment manager for the Bidvest Group.
    “I would like to congratulate PinkDrive for the partnership and support they continue to give us, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health. In 2010, PinkDrive came into our province with such an important programme for breast cancer awareness and the challenges that are faced largely by South Africa’s women. It is my dream that this relationship between the Department of Health and PinkDrive becomes stronger. We will do everything on our side to smooth the way for the PinkDrive’s programme in KwaZulu-Natal; providing the logistical support that they need. Thank you very much PinkDrive. Keep working with us, we love your support and wish to ensure that your programme is well received going forward” said the MEC of KwaZulu-Natal during his visit at the breast health activation in Cator Manor, Durban.
    According to the initiative’s records:

    • 58 364 people educated about breast health;
    • 45 912 people got free clinical breast examination; and
    • 4618 mammograms provided to women without medical insurance.
    With the help of committed celebrity supporters; sponsors, donations and sporting initiatives, the PinkDrive has become a well known and established brand that is widely supported, in particular by the sporting fraternity. Runners, cyclist and swimmer have the opportunity to race for PinkDrive at various sporting events throughout the year, further giving an opportunity for PinkDrive to reach out to more communities. Tremendous support and commitment from subsidiary organisations ensures the progress of multiple support structures and fundraising initiatives.
    As part of the sustainability of their business model, both units are also booked out to Corporate Wellness Days, to offer on-site clinical breast health services, which in turn ensure more women in the community of getting free mammograms.
    Over 180 Comrades Marathon runners ran in pink colours in support of the cause, who raised funds for the cause. Runners registered for minimal fee of only R250 and got a PinkDrive goodie bag which had fun and great accessories to pimp the runners pink to help raise awareness of the breast cancer.
    PinkDrive offers many opportunities for public involvement, like donating money, spreading the word or assisting with fundraising and events. By making sure the trucks keep on moving, the PinkDrive can make a significant difference on the health of our nation.
    To view the PinkDrive  in the Prodder NGO Directory, click here..

  • 4.6m South Africans Took HIV Test – Motlanthe

    More than 4.6 million South Africans took an HIV test since April, according to Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe.

    Speaking at a World AIDS Day event in Mkhondo, Mpumalanga, Motlanthe pointed out that of this number, 800 000 (17 percent) tested positive for HIV.

    He explains: "It means that friends, colleagues and families should talk about HIV in their workplaces, homes and communities, and take appropriate action to care for those infected and affected."

    To read the article titled, “Motlanthe commemorates World AIDS Day,” click here.
  • UNICEF Report Focuses on Children and AIDS

    The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says a generation of babies could be born free of AIDS if the international community step up efforts to provide universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and social protection.

    In its report entitled ‘Children and AIDS: Fifth Stocktaking Report 2010’, UNICEF found that millions of women and children, particularly in poor countries, fall through the cracks of HIV services either due to their gender, social or economic status, location or education.

    The organisation states that while children have benefited from substantial progress made in the fight against AIDS, more must be done to ensure all women and children get access to the medicines and health services designed to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission.

    To read the article titled, “UNICEF says HIV-free generation achievable,” click here.
  • AIDS Halves Swazi Life Expectancy – MSF

    Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), warning of a health emergency in Swaziland, says the twin epidemics of AIDS and tuberculosis are ravaging that country, helping to halve life expectancy to 31 years.

    The Geneva-headquartered medical charity points out that, "The co-epidemic has contributed substantially to a halving of life expectancy within two decades - from 60 years in the 1990s to 31 in 2007."

    The organisations further says Swaziland has the highest rate of HIV infection in the world at 26.1 percent, adding more than 80 percent of people suffering from tuberculosis have also been infected with HIV.

    To read the article titled, “AIDS halves Swazi life expectancy,” click here.
  • Scientists Proclaim Breakthrough in HIV Prevention

    Scientists have proclaimed a breakthrough in research into the use of an antiretroviral microbicide which they say could prevent more than 500 000 new HIV infections in South Africa alone over the next decade.

    The scientists say that an experiment with a trial group of South African women shows that those who used a vaginal gel containing tenofovir, an antiretroviral drug, were 39 percent less likely to become infected with HIV during sex than those who did not use it.

    They say the gel is also 51 percent effective in preventing genital herpes infections in the women participating in the trial, noting that women with genital herpes run a high risk of HIV infection.

    To read the article titled, “Scientists proclaim breakthrough in HIV prevention,” click here.
    All Africa
  • Legal Grounds: Reproductive and Sexual Rights in African Commonwealth Courts, Volume II

    ‘Legal Grounds: Reproductive and Sexual Rights in African Commonwealth Courts, Volume II’ is a compilation of case summaries and analytical highlights that draws attention to the interpretation and application of human rights norms by courts in African Commonwealth countries. It focuses on issues pertaining to reproductive and sexual health and rights, including gender-based violence, marriage-related gender discrimination, validity of customary and religious marriages, property inheritance and distribution, abortion and claims of fetal interests, and HIV discrimination.

    Legal Grounds II is a tool for organisations, individuals, and institutions of learning. Though the study of reproductive and sexual health as a human rights discipline on the African continent is still at a relatively young stage, a number of countries, including Nigeria and South Africa, are developing the discipline in their tertiary institutions. This publication is a compelling resource for students in this field. In addition, it is a contribution towards a knowledge base for jurisprudence that bears directly or indirectly on reproductive and sexual health as human rights, and is conducive towards building and entrenching a human rights culture on the African continent.

    For more information, click here.
  • Getting Up-to-Date on Children and HIV: Same Old Story – Or a New Story?

    The HIV Prevention Research Unit (HPRU), Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking (HIVAN), are hosting a discussion forum on the topic ‘Getting Up-to-Date on Children and HIV: Same Old Story – Or a New Story?’ on 25 May 2010 in Durban.

    The broad realities of children in relation to HIV remain largely unchanged; however exciting developments are emerging which provide opportunities for all of us to transform the current challenges into more humane lives for all people including children.
    In South Africa, HIV/AIDS violates all rights of all children to some extent due to the scale, scope and context of the pandemic. However recent developments in our understanding, in the political will and in our own organising provide fertile ground for meaningful changes for children. While we are in reverse gear for achieving our MDGs through realising children’s rights, we can change direction.

    This presentation will cover the latest developments around children and HIV/AIDS: information on changes in understanding, policy and social mobilising; on developments in across a wide spectrum of topics from treatment for children, disclosure with children, infant testing and the HCT campaign, PMTCT and care and support work including Community Care Workers.

    Dates: 25 May 2010
    Time: 12h15 – 14h00

    Speaker: Cati Vawda, Director, Children’s Rights Centre

    RSVP: HIVAN / HIV-911: Stewart Kilburn, tel: 031 260 3331, fax: 086 554 1238, email:
    For more information on HIVAN/HIV-911 and for directions to the venue, click here.

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    Event venue: 
    MRC Building 491 Peter Makaba Road (Ridge Road), Overport
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  • South African National AIDS Council

    The objectives of SANAC are to:
    advise government on HIV, AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) policy and strategy, and related matter;
    create and strengthen partnerships for an expanded national response to HIV and AIDS in South Africa;
    receive and disseminate reports on all sectoral interventions to HIV and AIDS and consider challenge;
    oversee continual monitoring and evaluation of all aspects of the National Strategic Plan on HIV & AIDS and STI’s (NSP) (2007-2011).
  • Five Years to Children Born HIV Negative

    The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria says a world where all children are born free of HIV infection is possible in only five years if donors continue to fund global efforts to combat the virus.

    The fund states that in addition tuberculosis (TB) transmission will be halved by 2015 and malaria will be eliminated as a public health problem by 2020 if it increases funding for its programmes.

    According to health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, the fund has provided treatment for 400 000 of the 920 000 people who are on ART in the country. Motsoaledi says that the funding has helped the country to progress in achieving the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals on time.

    To read the article titled, “Five years to children born free of HIV,” click here.
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  • loveLife Comments on the 2010/11 Budget

    The pessimist in us all waited with baited breath to criticise the Finance Minister and point fingers at the lack of response towards social and economic drivers stifling the growth of South Africa and its future aka our young people. However, the 2010 budget speech by Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, presented what seems like a good balance between economic development imperatives and social services. This not only made the pessimist take a backseat as we listened in anticipation, but caught the attention of at least every NGO, NPO and company striving to uplift the country.

    As South Africa’s largest comprehensive national-scale HIV prevention programme, this year’s budget speech was not only of great interest to every loveLife activist, but an indicator of the commitment of the South African government towards a sustainable HIV free future for young people.

    We believe that the real drivers of new HIV infections among young South Africans have less to do with a lack of knowledge and awareness of HIV and more to do with a complex interplay among socio-economic factors, societal expectations and pressures as well as an individual sense of hope and outlook on the future.

    A comprehensive strategy is needed to address the specifics of the epidemic in South Africa, its resources and infrastructure and the socio-cultural context. It needs to seek to achieve sustained engagement with the first generation of young people growing up in the new South Africa who are exposed to greater benefits and opportunities than their parents, but still face many of the socio-economic legacies of the past such as poverty, unemployment and a lack of social and economic opportunities. 

    Among young people in particular there is a high association between school leaving and the odds of HIV infection as well as greater risk of infection and unplanned pregnancies among young people who have dropped out of school compared to their same age counterparts who are in school. We also know that young people who feel that they can really “be someone” are less likely to put themselves at risk for HIV. They have a sense of personal opportunity and possibility – that they can make choices for themselves and be part of the mainstream of society.

    The new agenda for HIV prevention will have to be cognisant of these factors and focus on achieving a better balance between supply driven approaches (messaging about what to do and condom distribution) and demand driven approaches (building hope and social capital among young  people to make them want to change their behaviour).

    The new wage subsidy for inexperienced youth announced by the Minister on Wednesday is a creative first step in ensuring that young people have better job prospects and provide them with hope for the future. The sense of limbo they experience when they leave school will be counteracted by real connections to real opportunities.

    We furthermore welcome the greater investment in FET colleges to give young people more options and better preparation for school leaving. This will contribute to the reduction of the high school dropout rate from grade 10.  It remains a critical priority in building a real and sustainable future for young South Africans.

    For now the pessimist has quieted down, but we realise that the success of this budget does not only depend on the extent to which our current administration manages delivery. but also in how civil society and the private sector play their role in ensuring that success.

    Together we must create the reality that change is possible and that it requires action that will help young people achieve their goals and enable them to stay free of HIV.

    Grace Matlhape
    Chief Executive Officer
    Grace Matlhape
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