The Centre for the Study of AIDS (CSA) in collaboration with the University of Pretoria runs a para-legal advice bureau for people living with HIV/AIDS in Hammanskraal. The bureau is called The Place and it offers HIV related information along with structural assistance to Thulani Mvula, a community-based HIV activist and support group coordinator.

Thulani’s vision is to empower people living with HIV to live full and healthy lives and not to internalise the discrimination that they face on a daily basis. He says that the people he works with are not aware of their rights and thus cannot defend themselves against unfair treatment. The Place also expressed the view that the HIV positive community is not aware of the legal and other services available to them.

Following a needs assessment with Thulani and officers of The Place, three students from the LLM/MPhil in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa programme decided to compile an HIV information pamphlet for the Hammanskraal community. The pamphlet was printed in both English and in Setswana, the local language. It sets out the basic legal rights which people living with HIV/AIDS enjoy in the healthcare and employment settings as well as information on the process for applying for a social grant. The pamphlet also contains the contact details of service providers of concern to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Hammanskraal area.

The pamphlet was launched on 22 May 2013 at one of the support group meetings that Thulani hosts at the Jubilee clinic. It will be useful to the members of the support group in understanding their rights and in reaching out to other members of the community suffering from HIV/AIDS. 

pdfDownload the HIV/AIDS pamphlet in English
pdfDownload the HIV/AIDS pamphlet in Setswana


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