Ponyaneng Magabane Modikwa mine worker and Platinum health’s Collen Mohlatseleng in testing room
ONVERWACHT – World Aids is commemorated each year on the 1st of December and it is an opportunity for every community to unite in the fight against HIV/Aids scourge, to show support for people living with HIV/Aids and remembering those who have succumbed to the pandemic.
In commemorating the day Modikwa Platinum Mine lined up a series of events in creating awareness and consoling those infected. On November 29, the mine partnered with service providers such as the Aurum Institute, Platinum Health, Life Line, Zakheni and Limpopo’s department of health to conduct HIV screening at South 1 and South 2 shafts.
Tubatse HIV ambassador Ms Mohubedu Magabane lighting the candle
The mine proceeded with the screenings on November 30 at North shaft and on World Aids day they did the screenings at Plant and Central. Amukelani Modau, Modikwa’s Health and Safety Leader said the mine started programs that changed a lot of employees’ wellness. “When we started with this campaign in 2016 we encouraged our co-workers to get tested in order to know their status. We supported those who are infected and encouraged those who are negative to remain negative.
“Modikwa has more than 5000 employees and we are working together to ensure that the number of those that are infected does not increase. We encourage those infected to continue taking their medication.”
Tumisho Masete, an employee at the mine was thankful to know his status he also promised to live a healthy lifestyle. He applauded the mine for caring for its employees.
On the day, the mine organised HIV ambassador, Mohubedu Magabane who is living with the virus. She shared with the employees the way in which she lives a healthy lifestyle and pleaded with the mine to continue with the support.
“I found that I was positive back in 2008, I am still strong and beautiful. I gave birth to a beautiful girl three years ago. She is negative and I am enjoying my life. I am still beautiful, she said.
Modikwa Platinum mine cycling team
Truddy Mabena rendered a poem on the 16 days of activism. She recited that men should take care of their kids and women, and refrain from abusing them.
Modikwa’s Aids day also involved sporting activities like a fun walk / run which started from South 1 and ended at HRD Lapa. There was also cycling challenge which started at South 2 and also ended at the Lapa.