Mining houses pledge support for fight against HIV/Aids – by David Oliveira ( – July 18, 2016)

JOHANNESBURG ( – Major miners Anglo American and Harmony Gold have pledged their support for the United Nations’ HIV/Aids organisation UNAids’ global #ProTEST HIV campaign.

The campaign is aimed at positively contributing to the goal of ending HIV/Aids by 2030, by highlighting the importance of voluntary HIV testing, which is a critical intervention to help link care and support for those infected with HIV and other prevention programmes.

On the occasion of the twenty-first International AIDS Conference, being held at the Durban International Convention Centre, in KwaZulu-Natal, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani on Monday said the company’s partnership with UNAids would assist in achieving the first HIV-free generation by 2030.

“At Anglo American, we aim to be partners in the future with our host countries and communities, through both operating excellence and directing our efforts where they will have the most sustainable positive impact. The health of our employees is of course one such area.

“I am proud of the results of our steadfast support of HIV/Aids awareness, testing and treatment over 30 years. More multistakeholder efforts like this campaign will help us all meet the global goal of ending Aids by 2030,” he said.

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