Induction of SANAC Private Sector Forum Members Marks A significant Milestone
Tuesday, the 17th of March marked a significant milestone in the trajectory of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) when it held an induction of business leaders who will constitute the new SANAC Private Sector Forum (PSF).
The induction was chaired by the SANAC CEO, Dr. Thembisile Xulu who, during her opening remarks said, “Today is one of those special moments where we finally cement and solidify the participation of the private sector to make our response to HIV, TB and STIs truly multisectoral. The private sector has always been there, however, it was never fully constituted as a proper structure of SANAC. Thankfully, the lack of formalisation of their sector did not deter the sector from leading various programmes in response to HIV, TB and STIs,” said Dr. Xulu.
The Deputy Minister of Health and member of the SANAC Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), Dr. Joe Phaahla delivered a special address to welcome the new members. He echoed the CEO’s sentiments about the induction being a milestone. He also added that SANAC was established to be a tripartite structure made up government, civil society and the private sector. The private sector, he said, was never properly constituted.
“This induction is a milestone and a great achievement in bringing to fruition an outstanding task of formalizing the private sector participation within SANAC,” said Dr. Phaahla.
The members come from business formations such as the Black Business Council (BBC), Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and the Minerals Council of South Africa (MCSA) to mention but a few.
The induction precedes the launch of the PSF structure scheduled to take place in April and will be led by the Chairperson of SANAC and Deputy President of South Africa, Hon. David Mabuza.
Ahead of the launch planed for April, the following will be undertaken to complete the PSF formation process:
- Continued consultations with the business sector to strengthen and augment the PSF,
- Election of the PSF leadership (Chairperson, Deputy Chair etc.)
- Project plan development to guide the sector in implementing the National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV, TB and STIs.
Dr. Xulu said this process could not have happened at a better time as SANAC as SANAC will soon begin the consultation process to develop the new NSP.
“As we begin consultations, it is important that SANAC leads a truly multisectoral process driven by all the three structures that are all fully constituted,” said Dr. Xulu.