A CEFAMOL e a Embaixada da África do Sul estão a organizar um Seminário subordinado ao tema “África do Sul: Oportunidades para o Setor Automóvel”, inserido no Ciclo de Conferências “Engineering & Tooling: Oportunidades e Desafios, o qual decorrerá no Hotel Mar e Sol, em S. Pedro de Moel, no próximo dia 1 de fevereiro, a partir das 14h30.
Este evento sobre a indústria automóvel na África do Sul e as oportunidades de negócios para as empresas portuguesas, visa contribuir para aumentar as relações económicas entre os dois países tendo como oradores Jorge Maia (IDC), Luís Reis (AICEP) e Joaquim Rodrigues (CR Moulds).
Num ambiente dinâmico, esta sessão será complementada por um almoço, com o objetivo de promover a interação, conhecimento e convívio entre os diferentes agentes da indústria.
A participação exclusiva no seminário, que se insere no Projeto “Tool2Market” é gratuita, sendo a mesma sujeita a inscrição prévia. A inscrição no almoço é facultativa aos participantes.
The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Jacob Zuma, has on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and the people of Portugal following the passing on of former President Mário Soares.
President Zuma recalled that former President Mário Soares, who died aged 92, was the historic first leader of the Portuguese Socialist Party and he was known in Portugal as one the founding fathers of the democratic era that started in 1974. He was a constant figure in the country’s public life, both prior to the 25 April 1974 revolution and in the subsequent 40 years of Portuguese democracy, having been a former political prisoner and later an exile in São Tomé and Príncipe and France during the rightist Salazar dictatorship.
President Zuma noted that the late Soares will also be remembered for the key role he played in the decolonisation of Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Angola, São Tomé and Príncipe and Mozambique, as well as for his meeting and support with ANC President Nelson Mandela in 1993 in the run-up to South Africa’s own democratic transition and his subsequent highly successful State Visit to South Africa in November 1995.
President Zuma said the people of South Africa share the loss of the Portuguese people and stand with them in this time of grief and mourning.
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World AIDS Day is commemorated each year on the 1st of December and is an opportunity for every community to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and remember those who have died.
The UNAIDS World AIDS Day theme for 2011 to 2015 is: “Getting to Zero”. This year, South Africa will focus on ZERO DISCRIMINATION, without losing sight of the other ‘zeroes’: zero new HIV infections and zero AIDS related deaths. We call on all South Africans to join our Zero Stigma, Zero Discrimination campaign for World AIDS Day 2014.
The aim of this campaign is to ensure that the rights of people living with HIV and AIDS are not violated, and that discrimination on the basis of HIV, AIDS and TB is reduced, and ultimately eliminated.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, as chair of South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) will mark World AIDS Day on 1 December 2014 in Virginia, Lejweleputswa, in the Free State under the theme “Zero Stigma and Discrimination”. This annual event allows people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.
This year’s World AIDS Day is taking place against the backdrop of South Africa hosting the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban in July 2016. This will be the second time that Durban will host this conference, having hosted the event in 2000.
HIV and AIDS in South Africa
South Africa has been relentless in its mission to turn the HIV, AIDS, and TB epidemics around and there are notable achievements to celebrate. A review of our efforts in addressing the HIV and AIDS epidemic over the past 20 years, paints a mixed picture. There have been many scientific advances in HIV treatment and we now have a much better understanding of the virus More people are receiving antiretroviral treatment, which means HIV infection rates are decreasing. There is also a scientific optimism around the benefits of treatment as prevention, and progress towards a cure and vaccine.
However, despite these advances, stigma and discrimination still persist for many people living with, or affected by HIV. World AIDS Day 2014 is an opportunity for all South Africans to remind themselves that HIV is still a reality and that it is incumbent on all of us to continue fighting prejudice, stigma and discrimination.
South Africa has come a long way in the fight against HIV and AIDS. In 2012 government implemented the National Strategic Plan on HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Tuberculosis 2012 – 2016.
In 2010 government also scaled up its antiretroviral treatment programme. A further expansion is planned from January 2015 to bring South Africa in line with World Health Organisation treatment guidelines. As part of this, the Department of Health will start HIV-positive patients with a CD4 count of 500 or less on antiretroviral treatment, as opposed to the present CD4 count of 350. All HIV-positive pregnant women will also receive lifelong treatment, regardless of their CD4 counts. Currently, HIV-positive pregnant women receive treatment until they stop breastfeeding.
Despite our many advances we still struggle to eliminate the stigma associated with HIV infection and the resultant discrimination. There are still people with limited knowledge of the facts about how to protect themselves and others.
Former President Nelson Mandela said: "Many people suffering from AIDS and not killed by the disease itself are killed by the stigma surrounding everybody who has HIV and AIDS.”
The devastating effects include abandonment by spouse or family, social ostracism, job and property loss, school expulsion, denial of medical services, lack of care and support, and violence.
It also results in a lower uptake of HIV preventive services and postponing or rejecting care. Women tend to experience greater stigma and discrimination than men and are more likely to experience its harshest and most damaging effects.
World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public that HIV has not gone away and that collectively, there is the need to increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education to maintain and achieve the aims and objectives of the country as set out in the National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB 2012-2016.
Why stigma and discrimination matter
Stigma and discrimination can be as devastating as the illness itself and may mean abandonment by a partner or family, social exclusion, job and property loss, school expulsion, denial of medical services, lack of care and support, and violence for those affected by them. These consequences, or fear of them, mean that people are less likely to come in for HIV testing, disclose their HIV status to others, adopt HIV preventive behaviour or access treatment, care and support.
Every sexually active South African is at risk of contracting HIV. We call on all South Africans to recognise that HIV and AIDS are chronic diseases, and that people living with HIV can have full and happy lives. We each have a responsibility to treat those who are struggling with an HIV-positive diagnosis with compassion, those struggling with AIDS with care, and ourselves and our sexual partners with respect. Addressing stigma and discrimination is important in mitigating the impact of HIV.