Eskom workers join HIV testing campaign

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Pretoria - Over 2000 workers at the Eskom Medupi Power station in Lephalale, Limpopo, are expected to be tested for HIV today, as part of a campaign to test 15 million South Africans before June.

The three-day testing campaign, which kicks-off today, is a partnership between the Department of Health, construction giant Murray and Roberts and power utility Eskom.

The HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) campaign was launched in May last year by South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, with a target of testing 15 million people by June. 

Since his appointment, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has placed a huge emphasis on prevention as part of responding to the HIV and Aids challenge in the country. 

Today, the minister will lead the testing activities accompanied by Eskom's Chief Executive Brain Dames, Eskom board chairman Mpho Makwana, Limpopo MEC for Health and Social Development Dikeledi Magadzi, Murray and Roberts executives and other senior representatives from the Limpopo Provincial Government. - BuaNews