Private Sector Forum
The private sector has made significant advances in response programmes for HIV, TB and STIs in the workplace, however, these epidemics still pose an economic threat to the sector, contributing to the high rates of absenteeism and poor productivity. Apart from the workforce already in the system, the private sector faces a serious threat due to the following challenges:
- 38% of new infections were attributed to adolescents 15-24 years of age – this is the future workforce
- most men in the 25-35 age bracket do not know their status and may succumb to the illness sooner and therefore render less contribution to the economic output of the sector
The South African private sector’s response to the HIV, TB and STIs epidemics varies greatly between sectors and is therefore uncoordinated. Over time, there has been much less focus on advocacy and prevention as AIDS programmes have mostly become more mainstreamed and integrated into on-going corporate health and wellness programmes. South Africa subscribes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and if the private sector response to HIV and TB is not reinvigorated, the country is unlikely to meet the targets by 2030.
An integrated response to HIV, TB and STIs as well as the COVID-19 pandemic is necessary given their impact on society. Government has an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), which is chaired by the Deputy President, and it is fully constituted. It is composed of 13 Government Department Ministers who are part of SANAC. The Civil Society Forum, whose chair is the Deputy Chair of SANAC, is also fully constituted and meets from time to time for the purposes of SANAC business. The Civil Society Forum is composed of 18 civil society sectors.
However, the Private Sector Forum, which was a recommendation of the SANAC Private Sector Engagement Strategy, was yet to be established. SABCOHA participated actively in SANAC structures and activities, as private sector; but it is not representative of the South African private sector. SANAC Secretariat also has data sharing agreements with the Council for Medical Schemes and Minerals Health and Safety Council. The proposal was for the Private Sector Forum to be established within SANAC as part of the process of reinvigorating the private sector response to HIV, TB and STIs, integrating a response to the novel COVID-19 pandemic.
The establishment and launch of the Private Sector Forum ensure that the broader private sector in South Africa is fully represented and actively participates in SANAC structures and activities; and is well-coordinated and contributes towards the national response to the epidemics. Moreover, the establishment of this Forum will ensure a fully constituted SANAC.
- Sensitise the private sector to take responsibility for the impact of their operations on HIV, TB and STIs.
- Mobilise the private sector to increase their Social Responsibility Investment into the response to HIV, TB and STIs.
- Mobilise the private sector to be an equal and strategic partner to government and civil society in the response.
- Streamline and coordinate the private sector response and contribution to the NSP.
- Monitor progress of the NSP implementation and hold SANAC constituencies accountable including the entire private sector.
- Create a platform for strategic information exchange to guide the Private Sector Forum response and actions.
- Support joint strategic thinking, build positions and advocate on key issues with the South African Government, Private Sector, and other stakeholders.
- Ensure that Private Sector Forum perspectives, experiences and concerns are collated and communicated through the relevant SANAC Committees, structures, and processes.
- Direct the achievement of the Private Sector Forum vision, mission, and goals.
- Adhere to the Private Sector Forum Terms of Reference and other governance documents; amend and review periodically if necessary.
- Convey mandate to the Private Sector Forum deliberation and resolutions.
- Elect the Private Sector Forum Chairperson(s), Committee Member(s) and Task Teams.
- Promote contribution to the NSP response through the development and contribution of inclusive networks and the fair and transparent selection of representatives for key constituencies.
- Ensure Private Sector Forum participation and involvement in the NSP programmes and interventions for effective processes and procedures that maximise partnership by securing active engagement.
- Act as a source of strategic information on the HIV, TB and STIs epidemics, grounded in the lived realities of those who are infected and affected, in the workplace. Lead private sector grounded mapping, data gathering and research processes.
- Provide consultation and normative guidance through programmes.
- Ensure appropriate service provision and accountability, through monitoring activities by establishing and resourcing robust systems for overseeing and reviewing programmes to hold all partners to account for the effective implementation of the NSP.
- Chairperson: Ms Nompumelelo Zikalala
- Deputy Chairperson: Dr Itumeleng Funani
- Members of the Programme Review Committee and Plenary:
- Dr Thuthula Balfour
- Dr Lesego Rametsi
- Dr Tshepo Sedibe
- Members of the Resource Mobilisation Committee:
- Mr Carl Menser
- Mr Simphiwe Mabele
|Full Membership List||Business Formation|
|• Dr Thuthula Balfour||• BUSA|
|• Mr Carl Menser||• BUSA|
|• Mr Andries Voster||• BUSA|
|• Dr Lesego Rametsi||• BUSA|
|• Dr Tshepo Sedibe||• BUSA|
|• Ms Pam Nkuna||• BUSA|
|• Mr Simphiwe Mabhele||• BUSA|
|• Ms Mpumi Zikalala||• BUSA|
|• Dr Itumeleng Funani||• BBC|
|• Dr Ntombi Mutshekwane||• BBC|
|• Mr Nicholas Moufhe||• BBC|
|• Mr Maphale Maponya||• BBC|
|Full Membership List||Business Formation|
|• Ms Judy Nwokedi||• BBC|
|• Ms Daisy Seakgoe||• BBC|
|• Ms Norma Korateng||• BBC|
|• Ms Thozama Gwente||• SAITA|
|• Lindiwe Zulu||• SAITA|
|• Ms Madi Koena||• SAWPA|
|• Ms Mantwa Mokoena||• SAWPA|
|• Dr Rajesh Patel||• CMS|
|• Dr Francois Griesel||• CMS|
|• Mr. Michael Willie||• CMS|
|• Ms Lerato Mosiah||• CMS|
|• Mr Phakamile Nkomo||• CMS|