North West PCA Gets Back on Track

Aug 11, 2022 | News

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After its disestablishment in 2014, the North West PCA was relaunchedby Deputy President David Mabuza in his capacity as the Chairperson of SANAC. The process towards the reestablishment of the NW PCA was led by the NW MEC of Health, Madoda Sambatha who was assigned this role by the former Premier Prof Job Mokgoro and his provincial cabinet.

The process was a result of long advocacy call by the SANAC Civil Society and the adoption of a position by SANAC Plenary to persuade the province to re-establish its PCA. The reestablishment was supported and closely monitored by the SANAC Secretariat.

Since its relaunch, the PCA like every other new structure, went through phases of development. Despite the then Premier’s demonstration for Political will and support for the PCA, there were several intersectoral
differences that affected the progress of the PCA. These issues set the PCA off track and stole hope away from the PCA members and the communities again.

However, the arrival of the new Chairperson of the NW PCA, Premier Bushy Maape, hope has been restored to the people of the NW including members of the PCA. As described by the members of the AIDS Council and his political associates, Premier Maape is a humble leader who is willing to listen and has a heart for people. His takeover of the AIDS Council was met with a baptism of fire as a result of long-standing challenges predating him, SANAC however, through the leadership of the SANAC CEO, Dr. Thembisile Xulu, ensured that the Premier was well prepared.

Under his stewardship as chairperson of the PCA, the NW PCA has made exceptional progress. Civil Society is organized and for the first time since the relaunch of the PCA, CSF has its own plan. The PCA is convening regularly as expected with the Premier co-chairing the meetings with the Civil Society elected chairperson, who is also a co-chair of the PCA (Mr Pinampi Maano). The MECs are attending the PCA meetings. All District AIDS Councils have been established and the Premier committed to engaging the Mayors to lead their AIDS Councils. There is now so much optimism on the HIV, TB and STIs response in the province and the Premier has made a commitment to support the PCA in order to improve its functionality.