“We are burying about three truck drivers a day because of AIDS, and at this rate we will have no drivers left by 2003,” says Paul Matthew, acting chief executive office of the Road Freight Association’s training board. But even though forecasts for the trucking industry are dire, Matthew says it’s a “slow process” getting employers to put money into fighting the epidemic.
Despite the HIV/AIDS epidemic, government has cut health spending over the past year and it will spend even less per capita next year. “Add to this the pressure of HIV/AIDS and it becomes clear that we have more difficulties ahead of us,” Tshabalala-Msimang told the first-ever consultative meeting between herself, health MECs, MPs and MPLs dealing with health matters.
The killers of Aids activist Gugu Dlamini may not escape justice, thanks to a public outcry that has caused the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to intervene after charges against the accused were dropped.