Please note that a briefing session will be held from 11h00 to 12h00 at the Foundation on 30 May, 2011.
The following two videos illustrate the work the Foundation is doing with regards to HIV and AIDS in the dialogue space:
14 June, 2011 – In 2007, the Nelson Mandela Foundation launched the community conversations programme, with the aim of facilitating discussions around the “burning issues” that concerned communities across the country. HIV/AIDS is without doubt one of the most serious challenges the country faces today, and this became the focus of the community conversations programme.
December 13, 2010 – The Nelson Mandela Foundation completed the third and final year of the HIV/AIDS community conversations programme with a series of World AIDS Day dialogues. This year the South African theme for World AIDS Day was “I am responsible. We are responsible. South Africa is taking responsibility,” and the Foundation commemorated the day by hosting community conversations in all nine provinces.
December 3, 2010 – The Nelson Mandela Foundation Dialogue Programme hosted an HIV/AIDS community conversation in KwaMakhutha in KwaZulu-Natal to commemorate World AIDS Day.
November 30, 2010 – According to new research by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Sub-Saharan Africa has made immense progress in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
November 18, 2010 – The Nelson Mandela Foundation hosted a two-day consultative forum at Cedar Park Hotel and Conference Centre in Sandton this week to reflect on the two-year HIV/AIDS community conversations programme.
November 17, 2010 – The Nelson Mandela Foundation hosted a two-day community dialogue on HIV/AIDS consultative forum at Cedar Park Hotel and Conference Centre in Johannesburg on November 15 and 16, 2010.
November 12, 2010 – Through the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s HIV/AIDS community conversations process, the people of KwaMakhutha in KwaZulu-Natal have identified a major problem leading to the spread of HIV/AIDS in their community.
October 1, 2010 – During August 2010, a host of community conversations were held in 11 designated areas countrywide as part the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s dialogue initiative to raise community awareness and reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS.
September 17, 2010 – Three orphaned teenage girls have a roof over their heads after conversations facilitated by the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s dialogue team led the community of Giyani, in Limpopo, to build a four-room house for them.
June 28, 2010 – During May and early June of this year a series of Nelson Mandela Foundation community conversations were held in towns representing six provinces across South Africa.
Common concerns emerging from some of these communities included drug and alcohol abuse, unprofessional treatment by clinic nurses and a shortage of clinic and medical staff.
June 14, 2010 – The Nelson Mandela Foundation’s HIV/AIDS community conversations facilitator, Motlatsi Lekhuleni, recently attended a dialogue in the Khakhala Village in Giyani in the Limpopo Province.
Below, Lekhuleni shares his views on the importance of taking local practices into account in order to facilitate positive social change.
May 11, 2010 – “I had a boyfriend who didn’t value my opinion; whatever he said went. When the relationship started, we did not trust each other so we used a condom, for a while. Eight months into the relationship, we just stopped using condoms without even knowing each other’s status.
April 15, 2010 – Although socio-economic issues, such as poverty, gender violence and joblessness, burden many people across South Africa, proactive communities are finding ways to work together to alleviate their circumstances.
February 9, 2010 – In the village of Khakhala, on the outskirts of Giyani in the Limpopo Province, getting people in the community to use the free condoms from the local clinic is not the problem.
February 3, 2010 – Since 2008, the Nelson Mandela Foundation has been using the Community Capacity Enhancement (CCE) methodology as the basis for its community conversations and has trained a cadre of facilitators from the community in this methodology.
December 3, 2009 – On World AIDS Day, December 1, 2009, some of the facilitators who have been involved with the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s community conversations on HIV/AIDS went to Tshwane to witness the announcement of a significant and positive change in government’s HIV/AIDS policy in South Africa.
December 2, 2009 – In an article marking World AIDS Day, The AIDS war can be won, Times Live columnist Raenette Taljaard speaks of the impact of a Nelson Mandela Foundation HIV/AIDS community conversation she attended.
December 1, 2009 – As part of its ongoing work with communities throughout South Africa about the awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS, the Nelson Mandela Foundation convened 120 dialogues this year – 12 conversations in 10 communities in all nine provinces.
Dec 1, 2008 – The Nelson Mandela Foundation has published a booklet describing the series of 10 community conversations on HIV/AIDS around South Africa in 2008.
In his foreword to the booklet, Foundation CEO Achmat Dangor writes: “The 2008 dialogues held in 10 community settings have created a body of knowledge that policy makers, scientists and activists will certainly find useful. Most importantly, these dialogues have helped the local participants to confront that “unspeakable” presence in their midst: HIV prevalence and AIDS mortality. They now have the potential to be empowered and to act decisively.”
Nov 17, 2008 – The Nelson Mandela Foundation convened a community conversation run by newly trained facilitators at Soshanguve, in Gauteng, yesterday.
“Community conversations” is a Nelson Mandela Foundation initiative aimed at facilitating dialogue about HIV/AIDS within communities.