Members of the National AIDS Council

AIDS ribbon


Elise Levendal


Women sector


Director of the Progressive Primary Health Care Centre for Learning.

General nursing experience and a senior tutor. Worked as a counsellor in various community groups with a special focus on women’s health in detention and torture. Has done work on women’s role in society, church and in leadership. Was nominated in the past for the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights.


Bongani Khumalo


Business sector


Deputy Chief Executive of ESKOM.

Has trained in broadcast journalist. He is a board member of several institutions, among them the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa and the South African Institute of International Affairs. ESKOM is one of the parastatals with a good HIV/AIDS workplace programme in place.


Lucky Mazibuko


People Living with HIV/AIDS


Journalist at the Sowetan newspaper where he writes a weekly column.

Trained by UNAIDS in the Greater Involvement of People Living with AIDS (GIPA) project. Mazibuko has been HIV positive for seven years and is a founder member of the National Youth Power Against HIV/AIDS as part of the Sowetan’s Nation Building Campaign.


Henrietta Bogapane


Disabled People


Member of Parliament who has been active with the Disabled People of SA (DPSA) since 1998.

She has represented DPSA in various structures such as the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) and the Women’s National Coalition. She was also involved in the drafting of the Employment and Occupational Act and plays a role in the Partnership Against AIDS initiative.


Sizwe Shezi




General Secretary of the KwaZulu-Natal Youth Council and president of the SA Youth Council.

He is involved in various community projects in KwaZulu-Natal with a focus on youth. He is also a member of the South African AIDS Youth Programme.


Majoro Rapele Lehasa


Traditional healer


He is chairperson of the Harrismith Hospital Board and regional HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis organiser. Lehasa is also involved in support groups in Harrismith.


Chief M Mzimela


Traditional healer


Chairperson of the House of Traditional Healers.


Rev Cedric Mayson


Religious sector


National co-ordinator of the Commission on Religious Affairs.


Dr Mark Ottenweller


Non-Governmental Organisations


An American physician who has lived in South Africa for many years. He is director for African Hope Worldwide

Has co-ordinated community based AIDS care, support and prevention in 15 African countries, including South Africa. Director of the Soweto Hope Worldwide Project.


Ncumisa Nongogo


Legal and Human Rights


National training co-ordinator for the AIDS Legal Network of SA.

After she completed her articles at the Legal Aids Clinic in 1997, Nongogo joined the AIDS Legal Network in KwaZulu-Natal where she was involved in lobbying and advocacy work. She is also involved in the Gender AIDS Forum, NACOSA and Targeted AIDS Interventions.


Nomonde Gongxeka




Actress, producer, presenter and director at the SABC. She has researched and produced many television and radio productions. Acted in Soul City and Yizo Yizo. Involved with the Twilight Shelter in Hillbrow, World AIDS Day celebrations, the Hope Worldwide AIDS campaign, the Partnership Against AIDS and condom week.


John Moeti




Professional football player and former Bafana Bafana midfielder. Has acted as captain of the national team.

Has received many awards for excellence in sport such as the PSL Player of the month. He is involved in community work, especially soccer clinics with the youth.

He participates in the Partnership Against AIDS.


Zwelinzima Vavi


Trade Unions


President of the Southern African Trade Union Co-ordinating Council and General Secretary of the Congress of SA Trade Unions.

Member of NEDLAC.


Dana Cooper




General manager of Action Stations at the SABC.

Has marketing and sales experience in various private businesses such as Pharmacare and Colgate-Palmolive.


Sibongiseni Dhlomo


Local government


A private family practitioner

Has worked at King Edward VIII Hospital before joining a private practice. A member of the Health Professions Council of SA board. Currently completing a Masters degree on the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases among teenagers.


Nobulawo Nhlapo


Hospitality Industry


Training manager at Sandton Sun and Towers

Has been involved in training for Southern Sun since 1993.



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