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Arrest opens wounds for victim’s family

June 30, 2000       News  

LIMPOPO – Months after her daughter was murdered in an act of domestic violence, Joyce Rasilavhi said the arrest of the man who allegedly killed Portia Rasilavhi, 35, has re-opened wounds.

Presidential AIDS Panel to meet next week

June 30, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

While government make final preparations to host the final meeting of President Thabo Mbeki’€™s international AIDS panel, tasked with discussing the link between HIV and AIDS and anti-HIV therapies, UNAIDS has revealed that South Africa has the largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS (4,2-million).

Journalists, ethics and HIV/AIDS

June 29, 2000
Health Journalism  

An article by Kerry Cullinan published in The Star, June/ July 2000. It is death rather than renaissance that draws the foreign press to Africa. But where are the ethics that protect HIV/AIDS sufferers from unscrupulous journalists?

Silencing the voice of affordable medicine

June 7, 2000
HIV Treatment  

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) has denied allegations by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) that the U$100-million HIV/Aids grant made by the pharmaceutical giant last year to five southern African countries, including South Africa, was an attempt to “silence the voice of affordable medicine”.

SAA’s  HIV policy in contravention of the Employment Equity Act

June 2, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

South African Airways “is not too sure” whether it is presently carrying out pre-employment HIV testing on prospective cabin attendants.According to a stipulation in the Employment Equity Act all employers need to get authorisation from the Labour Court to carry out pre-employment HIV testing.

AIDS vaccine for SA to come under the spotlight at AIDS 2000

June 2, 2000
HIV Prevention  

South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative (SAAVI) scientists and co-workers will present some 25 papers at the World AIDS Conference to be held in Durban in July with a model-type vaccine developed by 2005, according to Dr Walter Prozesky, head of the initiative.

Seeking solutions for SA rather than debating link between HIV and AIDS

May 26, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

South Africans should move beyond the counterproductive debate about the cause of AIDS to an engagement with President Thabo Mbeki’€™s main thrust of argument ‘€“ seeking solutions that are appropriate to our circumstances in Africa, according to Professor Daniel Ncayiyana, editor of the SA Medical Journal (SAMJ).

A second chance

May 22, 2000
Mental Health  

A challenge facing many deinstitutionalized psychiatric patients is finding suitable employment. At Fountain House, run by the Cape Mental Health Society, patients receive training and temporary work assignments to give them a second chance.