Capricorn District Municipality held a successful candlelight memorial at Mankweng on 31 May 2019. The candlelight memorial is commemorated annually in May, to remind people of all those affected by HIV. The candlelight was coupled with the launch of the positive action campaign, aimed at strengthening the people living with HIV sector representation in all Aids councils.
The aim of the candlelight memorial is to remember those who died of HIV/Aids, promote care and support for people infected and affected by HIV, give hope for those taking care of orphans who lost their parents as a result of Aids, and to strengthen the sector for people living with HIV.
The National Chairperson of Positive Action Campaign, Molahlehi Taba, said that CDM and Polokwane Municipality are an example to the whole country in what is usually referred to as partnership against HIV/Aids.
Speaking during the candlelight memorial, Cllr. Calvin Masoga, called on people not to give up or give in to the reckless utterances and dubious acts that seek to deter them from the main focus in fight against HIV. He further urged people to instead embrace and support the people who work tirelessly, dedicating their time and efforts in creating more awareness amongst communities.
The Candlelight memorial is one of the world’s oldest and largest grassroots mobilisation campaigns for HIV Awareness. This year’s memorial was held under the theme Intensifying the fight for Health and Rights. The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial takes place every third Sunday in May and this year, 2019 marked the 36th Annual International Candlelight Memorial.