At the World TB Day Commemoration on 24 March 2013 at Pollsmoor Correctional Facility, Yvonne addressed the offenders seated before her and said, “I am a Mama.” This said it all… Her level of caring; her passion!!! Thank you, Yvonne, for commending our proudly South African ‘Kick TB & HIV’ campaign and expressing your interest to collaborate with us in the future! And to our followers out there… WATCH THIS SPACE!!! The onslaught against TB & HIV is HUGE!!! Our Government is PROVING it; and the likes of Yvonne Chaka Chaka is LIVING it!!!
We are all at Pollsmoor Correctional Facility… A beautiful day; a beautiful venue! The day started off with a Kick TB & HIV activation with 500 offenders. Their level of knowledge of TB & HIV was impressive. They clearly enjoyed the programme and were very appreciative. We played a mini soccer tournament, and unfortunately the team from National Department of Health was defeated by the offenders to the extent of 4 – 0… Due to security reasons we unfortunately cannot publish any photographs.
The formal event, in a beautiful marquees tent, started at 11:30. There were so many good messages – it was a most uplifting day. The Minister of Correctional Services, Mr Sibu Ndebele enlightened us on what happens in correctional facilities – clearly these facilities are a source of hope and a new chance at life for offenders. Minister of Health, Dr Motsoaledi, informed that correctional facilities are their focal nodes this year, given the number of TB infections. The Deputy President, Mr Kgalema Motlanthe, was the Key Note Speaker. His message was inspiring and it is very clear that we have leaders who deeply care. The highlight was when 6 GeneXpert Machines were handed over to the Minister of Correctional Services by the Deputy President… This action said it all! TB & HIV will be ERADICATED in our Correctional Facilities!!! At World TB Day 2014, we will give feedback on our work in this regard!
The build up to World TB Day (24 March) is now tangible… Since 4 March our amazing team has been working VERY hard in Khayelitsha: door to door visits; screening and testing for TB and HIV; social mobilisation at schools and every hot spot imaginable – it was an incredible effort by so many people!
On 22 March Dr Motsoaledi visited the learners of Ludwe Ngamlana Primary School. He clearly enjoyed himself tremendously, playing with the learners and interacting with the community. We have a Minister of Health who really cares – it was a joy to behold!
Thank you to Mrs Dube, Principal of the school, for arranging to open the school for us on that day, which was in fact a holiday… Also a huge thank you to her dedicated and committed staff – you did this for your learners and we salute you! Looking back, it was a beautiful, beautiful day… 1400 learners now know how to ‘kick’ TB and HIV!!! Laduuuuuuuma!!!!!!