SANAC Chair, Deputy President Mabuza Launches the Private Sector Forum
Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa and Chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), Hon. David Mabuza, led the official launch of the SANAC Private Sector Forum on 11 June 2021 at Sandton ICC in Johannesburg.
SANAC is a national body established by cabinet to coordinate the national response to HIV, TB and STIs through three formal structures – government, civil society and the private sector. Until recently, the private sector had not been formalized and was participating as one of the sectors within the SANAC Civil Society Forum. The structure is now fully constituted, and members have been inducted. The members come from business formations such as the Black Business Council, Council for Medical Schemes, Business Unity South Africa and the Minerals Council of South Africa to mention a few.
Speaking at the launch, the newly elected Chairperson Nompumelelo (Mpumi) Zikalala said, “As leaders in various industries across the economy, we are digging even deeper to sharpen our collaborative efforts to fight HIV/AIDS and TB, which is important now in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fight against Gender Based Violence and Femicide. We bring along with us a wealth of experience in our efforts to respond to HIV/AIDS, TB, and STIs as part of our safety, health, and wellbeing workplace and community programmes.
“We believe in the power of partnerships, and we continue to work closely with Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), Black Business Council (BBC), South African Waste Pickers Association (SAWPA), South African Informal Traders Association (SAITA) and the South African Business Coalition on HIV and AIDS (SABCOHA), in implementing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of “good health and wellbeing”.
Deputy President Mabuza said that SANAC recognises the valuable contribution that the Private Sector Forum can play in transcending inequalities in our health care system and in access to treatment. He also commended some of the initiatives led by the various business formations, “We are encouraged by the fact that many companies are implementing programmes that are aimed at providing health services, not only to their employees but also to community members within the areas of their operations,” said Deputy President Mabuza.
The Deputy President officiated the formal launch alongside the Co-Chairperson of SANAC Ms. Steve Letsike, SANAC Inter-Ministerial Committee Members, SANAC Civil Society Members as well representatives from business, development partners and labour.