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Monday, September 18, 2006

A Welcome Change
Let's see what comes of it, but Government's announcement that it wants to mend fences with the TAC and other AIDS bodies is a great sign. Government spokesperson Themba Maseko said:
"... the deputy president's office will take steps to ensure that there is interaction with all other players who have a meaningful contribution to make in the fight against HIV and Aids. The meeting underscored the need to take concrete steps to mend relations and raise the level of interaction between the government and stakeholder groupings."

This once again highlights Government's decision to sideline Manto as the public face of the ANC's AIDS programs, which I think we'll continue to see in the immediate future. It seems finally that Government has woken up to the fact that this is a serious issue, that simply cannot be ignored in the face of terrible human tragedy.