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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

CAPE TOWN BUSINESS PLEDGE TO FIGHT HIV/Aids

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM SECRETARY GENERAL

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the commitment by Cape Town businessmen and -women, on behalf of their companies, to the fight the spread of HIV/Aids and to help educate their employees and customers about the pandemic. Only positive actions like these, will help our people to survive the onslaught of HIV and Aids.

Everyone must play a part - a National Plan of Action must be developed as a matter of urgency to bind together and commit all sectors of  society - individually and collectively - to deal with HIV/Aids in a responsible and caring manner.

Education and awareness - it is absolutely imperative that education and awareness regarding HIV/Aids is enhanced and kept at high levels until the pandemic has been beaten. Education and awareness must be specifically aimed at addressing the fact that young girls and women are particularly vulnerable, due to biological reasons and sexual relations (often coerced) with older men.

Awareness of HIV/Aids must permeate South African society, acknowledging that stigmas, intolerance and discrimination are democratically unacceptable and morally wrong.

The UDM commits itself to protecting and promoting the constitutional right of all South Africans to basic health care and believes that this, as well as HIV/Aids, should be elevated as the two major priorities, recognising that in these two areas the current government is failing to protect the constitutional rights of our people.

Enquiries:
Malizole Diko
UDM Secretary General

Pretoria
27 November 2001

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