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Deputy Minister celebrates World AIDS Day with Gauteng crèche

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- as part of their 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign to encourage a 0% HIV/AIDS new infections rate.

Deputy Minister of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Hlengiwe Mkhize,was welcomed to a World AIDS Day celebration yesterday at Mompati Crèche in Diepsloot. As part of their 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, and encouraging a 0% HIV/AIDS new infections rate the event was co-ordinated and hosted by the National Children and Violence Trust (NCVT) in conjunction with New Start, South Africa's largest non-profit HIV prevention programme.

The Deputy Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize inspired guests to look for solutions within the community to combat HIV/AIDS. She also encouraged community members to register co-operatives (co-ops) to help develop and uplift the community in which they are living. “The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services aims to leverage off of different channels of communication to promote awareness and encourage prevention of the spread of the disease,” said Mkhize.

New Start was on site demonstrating how to use different contraception methods, including the newly introduced female condom. The non-profit organisation (NPO) shared the importance of consistent HIV/AIDS treatment to extend one’s life expectancy. “Parents attending the event were also encouraged to disclose their children’s HIV status to their educators as this information could save another child’s life,” said Bridget Seabi, Social Worker at NCVT.

During the session, attendees raised concern as to what to do if their partners did not want to be tested. In response, members of NCVT and New Start emphasised communication between partners and offered voluntary HIV/AIDS counseling and testing.

“We are grateful to everyone who took the time to come and commemorate World AIDS Day with us. NCVT provides counselling to survivors of gender-based violence and child abuse in Diepsloot and other communities; we were very happy to visit Mompati Crèche in order to help educate and equip community members with much needed information to help combat social issues such as HIV/AIDS,” said Seabi.

To close off the event on a healing note, NCVT Senior Social Worker, Judith Mthombeni, led the candle lighting ceremony in remembrance of those who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

The NCVT invites the youth to attend a Community Dialogue at Cosmo City Multi-purpose Centre tomorrow, 03December 2015 as part of their 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. Surrounding NGOs are welcome to join forces with the NCVT to help reach out to more people. Food parcels and other basic necessity donations are welcome.

To make donations or volunteer towards NCVT causes, members of the community can contact ncvtprojects@iafrica.com | +27 11 705-1960 | 079 390 1775. For more about NCVT, please visit www.ncvt.co.za.

Caption: The National Children and Violence Trust (NCVT) volunteers, together with Deputy Minister of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Hlengiwe Mkhize (in pink) and the community of Diepsloot, celebrated World AIDS Day yesterday at Mompati Crèche in Diepsloot EXT 13. [High resolution images available on request]

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