The South African Council of Churches (SACC) welcomes the new spirit of consensus
and co-operation that has emerged following the Cabinet's historic decision to develop,
by the end of September, a plan for the provision of anti-retroviral medications through
the public health system.
In its annual meeting earlier this week, the Central Committee of the SACC applauded
the government's action and called on churches to ensure that people living with
HIV/AIDS realise the maximum possible benefit from the new opportunities created.
A resolution adopted by delegates from the SACC's 24 member denominations urged
churches to make their resources available to facilitate effective implementation of the
treatment plan. In particular, it asked local churches to monitor the initiative and to help
communities to bring bottlenecks or other problems to the government's attention in a
The Central Committee also directed members of the SACC's National Executive
Committee to meet with the government to identify and address potential obstacles to
prompt action and to discuss ways to consolidate the progress achieved, especially with
respect to the political leadership of the programme.
For further information contact Dr Molefe Tsele 011 241 7817
13 August 2003