shutterstock_50419843The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) was formed in 2000 as a body that coordinates the national response to HIV and AIDS in South Africa. It brings together civil society, all government departments, and the private sector under one banner.

The work of SANAC is guided by the National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs, and TB 2012-2016 (NSP), a detailed 5-year plan. Among the objectives of the current NSP are:

  • addressing social and structural barriers that increase vulnerability to HIV, STI, and TB infection,
  • preventing new HIV, TB, and STI infections,
  • sustaining health and wellness,
  • increasing the protection of human rights and improving access to justice.

The NSP further recognises men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people as key populations in the HIV epidemic. While many of the Sector member organisations work on MSM and transgender people, the Sector advocates on the behalf of a broader set of minorities defined by sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

Many Sector members sit on the National Task Team (NTT) to address hate crimes perpetrated against LGBTI people in South Africa. The NTT was formed in 2011 by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to address the disturbing prevalence of rape perpetrated against those who identify as or ar perceived as lesbian, bisexual, or transgender—sometimes referred to as corrective rape based on the idea that women will be “cured” by being forced to be with a man. The NTT later expanded the purview of its mandate to deal with all hate crimes perpetrated against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

The Sector is comprised of health service providers, national programme implementers, community-based organisation, human rights activists, researchers, and technical experts, to name a few broad categories. All members work with MSM or with LGBTI more broadly.

The Sector is represented on the SANAC Civil Society Forum by the three Sector leaders. If you’d like more information about the Sector, please contact one of them. The Sector leaders are:

shutterstock_56751643Dawie Nel
Director, OUT LGBT Well-being
012 430 3272

Nonhlanhla Mkhize
Director, Durban Lesbian & Gay Community & Health Centre
031 312 7402

Brian Kanyemba
Senior Research Assistant, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation
021 650 4223