IT’S ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR #AIDS2016
Written by: Menelisi Ndwandwe
Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, announced that South Africa is ready to host the 21st Biannual International Aids Conference in Durban next month.
Speaking at the media briefing on Monday, Radebe, stated that the preparations were on point.
“To ensure the success of the event, President Jacob Zuma recently established an Inter-Ministerial Committee at the conference compromising of 16 ministers, the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) as well the Mayor of eThekwini,” said Radebe.
He added that the committee will conduct the inspection of the venue for the conference at the Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre and the surrounding facilities.
Premier of KZN, Willies Mchunu, self-confessed that the government will spend a lot of money on the event but society will benefit.
“Let us all participate in this upcoming conference, all of us ought to gain something. There will be lot of scientists and experts from all over the world,” explained Mchunu.
“The province will ensure that all logistical arrangements are finalised smoothly,” he added.
According to Radebe, the conference will be the biggest in all spheres and the international community will see the achievements the country has done in fighting HIV and Aids.
“This historic event will bring together 18 000 conference delegates attendees and 1000 journalist representing 180 countries,” said Radebe
“The conference will offer a best-in-class programme with more than 500 sessions, workshops, and programme activities.” he adds.
MEC of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, highlighted that they will demonstrate to the world how under the stewardship of Minister Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, they have made it easy to distribute the antiretroviral drugs.
The high-level of participants that includes Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Motsoaledi, Former First Lady Graca Machel, Former President of Malawi Joyce Banda, Charlize Theron, Prince Henry of Wales and Executive Director of UNAIDS ,Michel Sidibe to name the few.
The conference commences on the International Mandela Day and will finish on the 22nd of July.