Media Alert: Youth - the Key Focus for World AIDS Day 2012 | Western Cape Government


Media Alert: Youth - the Key Focus for World AIDS Day 2012

29 November 2012

Western Cape Government Health will have a World AIDS Day celebration with a Production Event where approximately 1 500 guests, ranging from high profile dignitaries to the youth of Cape Town will attend.


Date:  Friday, 30 November 2012
Time:  15:30 – 18:00
Venue: His People Centre, C/o Solly Smiedt and Joe Hattingh, N1 City, Goodwood


Western Cape Government’s plans for World AIDS Day include:

Twelve youth colloquiums were held during the run-up months to World AIDS Day, where responsible adults were exposed to the realities of youth vulnerability. The intention was to get them to understand youth issues and ultimately understand how the youth would like to access services. This included how the youth experience substance abuse, interpersonal violence and attention from older men and women (so-called ‘sugar mommies and daddies’). Researchers working on these issues were invited to do presentations on their findings on the impact of these social problems on the youth. It served as a ‘safe space’ where the youth could be heard rather than spoken to by government authorities.


A World Aids Day Production Event – 30 November 2012 (Formal program: 15:30 – 18:00) where approximately 1 500 guests, ranging from high profile dignitaries to youth of Cape Town, will attend. Guests will include representatives from NGOs working with young people, health staff, and a selection of the youth that participated in the 12 local colloquiums.


The official sign-off of the Western Cape Government’s Provincial Strategic Plan for HIV, STI and TB 2012 – 2016 will take place early in 2013.

Media Enquiries: 

Darren Francis

Assistant Director: Communications

Tel: 021 483 6632

Cell: 083 430 3299