Former presidents to visit SA

Monday, March 1, 2010

Pretoria - Four former presidents are to visit South Africa this week to share experiences and best practices for scaling up HIV and AIDS prevention.

The Presidency said the former presidents of Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia will pay a visit to the country on Thursday and Friday at Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's invitation.

"The visit will afford the Champions for an HIV-Free generation an opportunity to interact with members of Parliament, health practitioners as well as members of the national and KwaZulu-Natal AIDS councils," said the Presidency.

Visits to health sites in Cape Town and KwaCaluza in Pietermaritzburg will also be made.

The champions will pay a courtesy call to King Goodwill Zwelithini in Durban on Thursday.

Botswana former president Festus Mogae launched the Champions initiative at the 17th International AIDS Conference in Mexico City aimed at mobilising national leaders to revitalise their commitment to HIV prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa.