Today marked the end of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children awareness campaign and the SAPS Provincial Men for Change and Women's Network commemorated the day and observed the World Aids Day at Revival Church in Block BB, Soshanguve - North of Tshwane.
The event was co-hosted by Tshwane North Corridor with Thola Ulwazi Home Based Centre in Block BB. The centre offers help to over 8000 HIV/AIDS patients who are taken care of by 168 volunteers who visit them at home to lend a helping hand, through medication, bathing, feeding, laundry and cleaning their houses.
Amongst other reasons for the two structures of Men for Change and Women's Network to visit Thola Ulwazi was to make a difference in the Centre through philanthropic work.
The two structures led by the Provincial Champion, Major General Mateisi and accompanied by the Acting District Commissioner of Tshwane, Major General Mohajane dug deeper in their pockets to buy cleaning detergents for the Centre and the Blood Pressure machines to minimize the stress of visiting patients with inadequate resources.
Delivering her keynote address, Provincial Champion, General Mateisi told the packed church to start speaking robustly about HIV/AIDS pandemic. "We need to make sure that we maintain good health. Risky behaviour is a No, No... You must encourage each other as friends. We need to be robust and avoid polishing and brushing issues of HIV /AIDS aside. If we polish these issues people won't learn," said General Mateisi.
The Provincial Champion went further to implore older and experienced police women to take the new Constables under their wing and advise them about taking care of themselves in the workplace.
"Colleagues preach this to new Constables. It's our responsibility to take care of them. Speak out about employee health and wellness. Its part of networking, we need to educate them.
The rainy weather could not dampen the spirit of those in attendance as all present actively took part in discussions. Ms Xolile Manana, a 26-year-old HIV/AIDS Activist shared her experiences in the township about stigma and discrimination who encouraged mainly her seniors to open up and never shy away to speak out against stigma and discrimination.
In closing, a candle lighting ceremony was conducted and the men and women of the cloth prayed for divine intervention.