Business and AIDS: Lots of concern, little cash

“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.

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Health Department cuts spending

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.

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