South Africa entered a new era in the fight against HIV/Aids on 1 December, as President Jacob Zuma introduced a radical plan to boost protection of affected individuals and prevent further infections.
Not only is a novel hairdressing programme helping empower unemployed women in the Eastern Cape, it’s also boosting their resourcefulness, as was seen during their annual hair show where they recycled rubbish and turned it into elaborate headpieces.
A dumpsite in the Johannesburg inner city has been transformed into a 1-hectare food garden supplying fresh vegetables to children and HIV-positive people, in a project demonstrating the enormous potential of urban agriculture.
A R9-million (US$1.2-million) grant has been awarded to South Africa’s Wits University to set up a medical education campus in the North West province to train more rural-based healthcare workers, of which there is a dire shortage.
National youth HIV prevention programme loveLife has released its second annual publication on the status of HIV in South Africa, showing that the rate of new infection among youth has dropped, but there’s still much to be done in other areas.