The North West government recently held the reconciliation and world AIDS commemoration at Mogwase Stadium, Moses Kotane Local Municipality, under the theme ‘Unity in diversity, I have the right to know, prevention is my responsibility’.
“We have gathered here today to commemorate World Aids Day and to highlight achievements reached with regard to the HIV/AIDS programme. As we do this, we also want to reflect on milestones we have achieved as provincial government in fighting the scourge of HIV/AIDS”, said the MEC for health Dr Magome Masike on presenting the purpose and background of the day. “The need to coexist peacefully is greater than to harbour conflicts amongst communities and individuals. It is therefore apt to commemorate these two together”, elaboarated Dr Masike.
Speaking in a humorous metaphoric tone, the keynote speaker Premier Supra Mahumapelo urged the community to refrain from having unprotected sex and to take care of their diet. HIV/AIDS activist Matlakala Maropefela who has lived with HIV for the past 18 years also shared her moving story. The community was also entertained by the likes of Mmausi, Chomza and others.
Prior to the proceedings the entourage visited the Moses Kotane Hospital. The Acting CEO indicated that they are encountering infrastructural challenges. Part of their major concern is a sewage treatment plant which is not functional.
The Acting CEO further indicated that the sewage problem is currently being taken care of. MEC Dr Magome Masike and Premier Supra Mahumapelo further related that they are aware of the matter and is currently being dealt with. “I think we must make time to come back. We will have to start from the beginning, when this hospital was constructed, regarding compliance issues and so on”, said Mahumapelo. “If the quality of service is lower, it means we are compromising the health of our people, and in turn it compromises our image and standing as a government”, Mahumapelo emphasized.