Newcastle Local Municipality is making significant strides in the fight against HIV infection and the socio-economic impacts of AIDS. The Special Programmes Unit of the Municipality has intensified interventions aimed at assisting individuals to change behaviours that render themselves, families and the community at large, vulnerable and susceptible to HIV infection. About 100 Local Aids Council members gathered at Newcastle Council Chamber on the 11th of November 2015 ahead of the World Aids Day, December 1.
In his opening remarks, Honorable Mayor AF Rehman commended Samke Dube and the Special Programmes Unit team for the hard work and excellent services they have rendered towards the fight against HIV/Aids and the establishment of War Rooms. “We should be able to identify and assist needy individuals, especially those on medication and ensure that they take their medication as prescribed. Newcastle Municipality does not want to help statistics but people. We should be able to say these are the people we have assisted, not numbers”, said Mayor Rehman.
Communities were also encouraged to make use of the sidewalks and gym facilities available at Play Parks around Newcastle to keep fit and healthy in order to make sure that sicknesses are manageable. Mayor Rehman also touched on the issue of unemployed and indicated that the Municipal Special Executive Committee will deal with unemployment to ensure that people have jobs.