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									                   Partnersat the forefront

               Message from Mr Ebrahim Rasool                     Message from Prof Russel Botman
                            Premier of the Western Cape           Rector and Vice-Chancellor: Stellenbosch University

      HIV and AIDS create conditions for separatism by            “In the battle against apartheid we scored a tremen-
      stigmatising some people and normalising others. This       dous victory in the face of considerable evil. The
      is worsened by communities that reject people living        solidarity of people from around the world strengthened
      with HIV and AIDS. It signifies an embedded                 us at some of our darkest moments. For the battle
      phenomenon of communities that are so desensitised          against HIV and AIDS we need the same solidarity, the
      that they no longer have compassion for their fellow        same passion, the same commitment and energy.”
      human beings.
                                                                  Further to these words by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond
      This rejection begins to tell us that HIV and AIDS are      Tutu, all of us here have at least one thing in common:
      not the enemies. We are dealing with underlying             the hope and belief that our solidarity, passion, commit-
      ramifications of separatism that require greater efforts    ment and energy will make a difference; that we are
      to foster conditions for accepting others, through          working towards keeping the promise.
      recognising their pain and by putting ourselves in their
                                                                  This hope is evident in an evening like tonight. It is an
      shoes. We need to instil human solidarity in people
                                                                  evening of awareness and gratitude towards all of
      across the world – not only against the onslaught of
                                                                  you, especially as this year we pay tribute to those
      HIV and AIDS, but as a necessary mechanism to deal
                                                                  who have taken on the responsibility of leadership in
      with prejudice in all forms.
                                                                  this ongoing struggle. It is a time to remember and pay
      The manifestation of prejudice is the seed of rejection     respect to people who have died from AIDS related
      on any ground, whether it is on the basis of religion,      illnesses. And it is a time to applaud those who continue
      culture, language or even illness. We need human            to take action to end the suffering, stigma and
      solidarity more than ever in our globalised world, where    discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS.
      society is still learning to deal with differences on a
                                                                  Much hard work is being done by many unsung heroes
      global scale and where rejection becomes the natural
                                                                  who are in this hall tonight. I salute you for your labour
      response to any kind of disparity. We need to re-instil
                                                                  of love and your efforts to turn the pandemic around
      compassion to enable humankind to nurture goodwill.
                                                                  and lessen its effects.
      The changes we seek will not materialise without ethical
                                                                  Much of the answer lies in access to prevention,
      leadership to stimulate a shift in perceptions about this
                                                                  treatment, care and support. We know that prevention
      disease. We need our leaders to help us make society
                                                                  remains the first line of defense and must be expanded
      a landscape of hope for people who are infected and
                                                                  alongside treatment. We know that measures to
                                                                  eliminate discrimination against people living with HIV
      I call on leaders from government, to churches, to          and AIDS must be in place and enforced. And we
      mosques, to schools, to community-based organisations       know that an effective response must involve people
      and individuals, to recognise that the battle against       infected and affected by HIV and AIDS because they
      HIV and AIDS has not been won yet. It will only be won      know best what needs to be done. Yet all this know-
      through the cultivation of human solidarity and             ledge is of limited consequence if we do not keep the
      dedicated leadership. This will replace the stigma and      hope, compassion and promise alive for those who
      ignorance that kill with the hope that heals.               are suffering.

   Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management
   Western Province Provincial Government

                           Gala Concert
                                       Jimmie Earl Perry

                                    Musical Director
                                      Jimmie Earl Perry

                         Conductor and Orchestrations
                                       Mike Campbell

                                Dance Arrangements
                                         Adele Blank
Head of Stage Services                                              Production Manager
      Marius Golding                                                     Derrick Wildeman
                                  Lighting Consultant
                                         Baayork Lee
Assistant Lighting Consultant                                                Lighting Design
         Merete Muenter                                                         Nicolas Tilney
                               Sound Design/Engineer
                                     Ricardo McCarthy
Stage Manager                                                Assistant Stage Manager
Catherine Channing                                                      Suzaan Keyter

     The Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management wishes to thank everyone in the Artscape
        team for their understanding of our work and for displaying the essential qualities
                               of a successful, working partnership.

  Our special thanks and gratitude also extend to the Signature Trust of BATSA for their continued
  support of the community mobilisation and educational theatre interventions that are channelled
        through the Africa Institute for HIV/AIDS Management at Stellenbosch University.

           On the
                                       ACT 1
               Grateful                                            Kunjalo

               I am grateful for the things that you have done
               Yes, I’m grateful for the victories we’ve won
               I could go on and on and on about your works
               Because I’m grateful, grateful, so grateful
               Just to praise you, Lord, flowing from my heart
               Are the issues of my heart, is gratefulness

               Step by Step               Jimmie Earl Perry and Kunjalo

               Now there’s a bridge and there’s a river
               That I still must cross
               As I’m going on my journey,
               Oh, I might be lost
               And there’s a road I have to follow,
               A place I have to go
               Well no one told me just how to get there
               But when I get there I know, ’cause I’m taking it

               Now this old road is rough and ruined
               So many dangers along the way
               So many burdens might fall upon me
               So many troubles that I have to face
               But I won’t let my spirit fail me, I won’t let my spirit go
               Until I get to my destination, I am gonna take it slow
               So people, don’t give up,
               You’ve got to hold on to what you’ve got
               Oh people, don’t give up,
               You gotta keep on movin’, don’t stop

               Prof Jan du Toit, Director of the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS
               Management, introduces Prof Russel Botman, Rector
               and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University

               Prof Russel Botman introduces Mr Ebrahim Rasool, Premier
               of the Western Cape

               Radetsky March                 Mike Campbell Orchestra
               Power of Your Love                  Rouchelle Liedemann
               Comedy Interval                            Dave Levinsohn
               Avalanche                  Jimmie Earl Perry, Kunjalo and
                                          Dance for All Youth Company
               Vicky Davis introduces the mini-musical Lucky, the Hero!
               I Believe                                           Kunjalo

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                       ACT 2
Message by Mr Elhadj Amadou Sy, Director of Partnerships
and External Relations at UNAIDS
Our Father                                         Kunjalo
Awards ceremony
Emmanuel                       Mike Campbell Orchestra
Devastation        Verity, Dance for All Youth Company
More Songs                 Dance for All Youth Company
Flying Without Wings       Jimmie Earl Perry and Kunjalo
Afrikaans Medley                                   Kunjalo
Ek is Veilig                        Rouchelle Liedemann
Power of the Dream         Jimmie Earl Perry and Kunjalo

Deep within each heart there lies a magic spark
That lights the fire of our imagination
And since the dawn of man
The strength of just “I can”
Has brought together people of all nations
There’s nothing ordinary in the living of each day
There’s a special part every one of us will play

Feel the flame forever burn
Teaching lessons we must learn
To bring us closer to the power of the dream
As the world gives us its best
To stand apart from all the rest
It is the power of the dream that brings us here

Your mind will take you far, the rest is just pure heart
You’ll find your fate is all your own creation
Every boy and girl, as they come into this world
They bring the gift of hope and inspiration
There’s so much strength in all of us,
Every woman child and man
It’s the moment that you think you can’t
You’ll discover that you can

I Can Go to God in Prayer                     Soloists:
              Theresa Sellidon, Rouchelle Liedemann
                                         and full cast

      The order of the show is subject to change.

   The use of all audio and visual devices is prohibited.
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                                   Action fronts
                                       on all


                    Message from Prof Jan du Toit                  Message from Mr Elhadj Amadou Sy
                         Director of the Africa Centre for         Director of Partnerships and External
                                 HIV/AIDS Management               Relations at UNAIDS
      Welcome to this commemoration of World AIDS Day              On this commemoration of World AIDS Day we should
      – it is the third year that the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS   remind ourselves that true leadership involves us all.
      Management has organised a gala concert to                   Let us look to each other and to our community,
      celebrate all the good work done regarding the               religious, youth, national and international leaders to
      prevention of HIV infection as well as disease               take the lead to prevent HIV infection, care for the
      management, and the 20th year the day is honoured            people who are infected and affected, to end stigma
      for global awareness.                                        and discrimination and to ensure that universal access
                                                                   for all really becomes a reality.
      World AIDS Day is an occasion to join together and
      turn our thoughts to the more than 40 million people         HIV and AIDS affect us all; people living with HIV and
      worldwide who are living with HIV and AIDS, over two         AIDS, friends and family members affected and those
      million of whom are children. But our observance             of us confronted by the epidemic in the daily exercise
      cannot end with remembrance. This is a day to                of our profession.
      rededicate ourselves to action. All of us have the power
                                                                   We should not be living in a world where the stigma
      to extend compassion, ease suffering and save lives –
                                                                   attached to the virus is still so widespread and so
      and we have a moral responsibility to do so.
                                                                   ingrained in our communities – or in a world where the
      On this World AIDS Day we should celebrate all the           feminisation of the epidemic continues.
      successes we and our partners are achieving, but we
                                                                   True leadership and change require us to think of HIV
      must also remind ourselves how much hard work lies
                                                                   and AIDS every day of the year. There are means to
      ahead. We will not defeat HIV and AIDS in a month or
                                                                   prevent infections among young adults, to treat people
      a year. But if we sustain our commitment – if we match
                                                                   who are living with the virus and to provide care and
      our compassion with action – we will one day bring
                                                                   support. We now need to ensure that those means
      hope to all people who are living in the shadow of HIV
                                                                   are put at the disposal of all who need them.
      and AIDS. It is the stories of overcoming, not just the
      stories of illness, that the entire world must hear.         Last year UN member states committed to scale up
                                                                   towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment,
      We need to ensure that there is access to adequate
                                                                   care and support by 2010. More than 2,5 million people
      prevention, care, treatment and support. All people
                                                                   in developing countries now receive antiretrovirals.
      have a right to access a comprehensive range of HIV
                                                                   HIV infections in many countries are declining.
      and AIDS services, no matter what their circumstances
      are. People need to know their HIV status and then           We are still facing a pandemic, but have reached the
      they need to own it, in terms of preventing HIV infection    stage where we can begin to turn the tide, as long as
      or managing the virus they are living with and stay          concerted action and leadership at all fronts are
      healthy and productive for as long as possible.              sustained and bolstered.

      Let us all pledge tonight to translate our concern into      • Sy’s responsibilities include directing UNAIDS’ work
      action. Let us resolve that we care enough to build a          with partners, communication and knowledge
      world free of HIV and AIDS for future generations, no          sharing. He also oversees the operation of the
      matter who they are or where they live.                        Programme Coordinating Board and UN Relations.

Academia at Maties
                                      gets practical
      IV and AIDS have reached frightening proportions
      globally, with the need for action becoming all the                                 The Africa Centre for
      more urgent. The Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Manage-                           HIV/AIDS Management is a
                                                                                   UNAIDS collaborating centre
ment at Stellenbosch University embraces this and believes                                on capacity building,
academic institutions should make a real difference in                             community mobilisation and
                                                                                       research dessemination.
society. “A university cannot only teach and conduct
research – we have a responsibility towards the community,”          AFRICA CENTRE FOR HIV/AIDS MANAGEMENT
says Prof Jan du Toit, Director of the centre.
The centre achieves this by presenting world-class comprehensive postgraduate academic programmes on HIV
and AIDS management, publishing topical research papers and dedicating time and effort to community
mobilisation. Over the past few years many worthy objectives in this regard have been reached.
The centre has come a long way. It all started with the realisation of the substantial economic impact of HIV and
AIDS: As the disease primarily kills people in their most productive years, it holds a severe threat to the wellbeing
of employees. Recognising that the battle needed to be taken to the world of work, South Africa’s presidency
challenged Stellenbosch University in 2000 to develop a programme that trains people in HIV and AIDS management.
The Postgraduate Diploma in HIV/AIDS Management (PDM) was introduced in 2001 and led to the establishment
of the Africa Centre in 2003. Today the centre also presents a masters programme, the MPhil.
The students of the centre are from a diverse demographic base, and come from all over Africa, Europe and
the USA. The part-time nature of the PDM programme enables students to combine it with their existing jobs. It
is delivered via the internet and supplemented with interactive satellite broadcasts, case studies and assignments.
The programme kicks off in January each year with a one-week summer school session.
The comprehensive programme addresses the broad aspects of the epidemic in different communities and
enables managers and other employees to enhance the quality of how it is managed in the workplace – and
there is no doubt that it is successful. There are numerous examples of students who are already making a
difference in the management of HIV and AIDS in their workplace or environment and who testify about the
difference the PDM makes. “I found the PDM pitched at the right level. We focused on the concrete details and
impact,” said Mr Carl Manser, Executive Director: Strategic Solutions at Careways, and part of the first PDM group.
Over the next few years the centre plans to double the capacity of its academic programmes, create a
specialised course for top management, expand their marketing, leverage the graduate network to expand
treatment and refine the course content based on new therapies and teaching technologies.
The impact of HIV and AIDS is multi-dimensional and needs a multi-faceted approach that centres around
successful partnerships. The Africa Centre therefore continues to collaborate with business, advocacy groups
and government agencies in South Africa and other countries to generate support for its initiatives.
The recognition also comes their way. Last year the Africa Centre became a UNAIDS collaborating centre and
towards the end of Septem-
ber this year they were a
finalist in the NGO category
at the Absa Healthcare
Initiative Awards.
Whether it’s from an
entertainment platform,
comprehensive academic
courses, much needed
research or a community
intervention, the Africa
Centre makes a significant
contribution in reducing the
personal, social and
economic consequences of
                                   Students of the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management during the PDM programme’s
                                                                          summer school of 2007 on Stellenbosch campus.

                                                          responsibly to society
            outh Africa has demonstrated humanity’s incredible power to
            overcome the greatest obstacles. It serves as an international
            role model of courage in adversity, strength in diversity and the
      power of unity. BATSA believes that, aside from every individual, every
      company operating in the country has the ability to continue building
      on this success. While South Africa has made enormous strides in the
      political and economic arena there remains a great need to lift vast
      areas of our population out of poverty.
      BATSA’s corporate social responsibility, which includes the corporate
      social investment (CSI) programme and social reporting process, has
      been incorporated into the company’s statement of business principles
      and is integrated into all business functions. BATSA has formulated a
      CSI policy that conforms to the group’s global guidelines and seeks
      to make an active contribution to social transformation in the country.
      The philosophy behind the company’s CSI activities is helping communities to help themselves, as the essence
      of true sustainable development lies in each community finding its own path to success. BATSA donates about
      R30 million annually to projects focused on empowerment, civic life, sustainable agriculture and HIV and AIDS.
      In 2003, before former president Nelson Mandela’s call for increasing funding and leadership from all sectors to
      turn the tide of the pandemic, the BATSA Signature Trust was established to address issues directly related to HIV
      and AIDS, particularly the impact on disadvantaged communities. To date the trust has funded projects aimed
      at caregiver training and support, preventative education and social research to the value of R25 million.
      Apart from sponsoring the educational theatre project of the Africa Institute for HIV/AIDS Management, the trust
      supported the construction of a new building for the Soweto Hospice. It allows for an improved service offering;
      including community in-patient unit admissions (for terminally ill people); home and day care; education and
      training; bereavement and emotional counselling as well as pastoral support. The capacity of the in-patient unit
      increased from 3 000 to almost 9 000 bed days per annum. The facility also houses a children’s therapy and
      multipurpose centre, a day care centre with income generating skills projects and social work support.
      In addition, the hospice distributes food parcels and nutritional supplements and ensures that people who should
      be on antiretroviral medication are referred to clinics. Various awareness campaigns are rolled out in schools,
                                                                                  at churches and at clinics to educate
                                                                                  the community about HIV and AIDS in
                                                                                  an effort to reduce the infection rate.
                                                                                           Earlier this year funding was allocated
                                                                                           to a project aimed at uplifting,
                                                                                           empowering and creating aware-
                                                                                           ness on issues relating to HIV and AIDS
                                                                                           through a comprehensive radio
                                                                                           campaign in KwaZulu-Natal. The
                                                                                           awareness programme focused on
                                                                                           providing listeners with a basic
                                                                                           understanding of the impact of the
                                                                                           virus and how it affects their lives.
                                                                                           BATSA remains committed to playing
                                                                                           a transformational role in South Africa.
                                                                                           CSI is not regarded as a feel-good
                                                                                           donation, but is seen as a relevant
                                                                                           investment in the future. BATSA regards
      Employees from BATSA’s Johannesburg office with the Africa Centre's director,        its role in contributing to the social
      Prof Jan du Toit at the back, and in front Ms Lanaine Abrahams and Mr Athol          transformation of the country as a
      Nicholson from BATSA’s Stellenbosch office, at the opening of the Soweto             privilege and an opportunity to inspire
      Hospice on 15 March 2007. The BATSA Signature Trust partially funded this project.   others to do the same.

Fresh spin
                          on HIV and
                       AIDS education
      IV and AIDS related information in all kinds of formats is everywhere.
      But there are still new infections, people still don’t know how to
      manage the disease so that they can extend their productive life
and people living with the virus are still discriminated against. A fresh
approach to tackle all these aspects was sorely needed.
Enter the Africa Centre’s community mobilisation arm, the Africa Institute
for HIV/AIDS Management, which cleverly combines entertainment with
education. Drama, music and dance are the most popular art forms and
accessible communication mediums in the world and have great potential
as an effective approach to HIV and AIDS education.
The first production of the institute’s Educational Theatre Company is the
mini-musical Lucky, the Hero!, written by actress Vicky Davis and directed
by Prof Jimmie Earl Perry, Director of Educational Theatre and Creative Arts.
The play aims to increase knowledge about HIV, fight discrimination and
stigma as well as encourage responsible sexual behaviour and HIV testing.
Lucky tells the story of a young man who contracts the HI virus. Through the
portrayal of how the community react to his status, the audience is informed
about HIV and AIDS. The mini-musical is presented in such a way that it relates
to the everyday world of the audiences. It was developed around theories
of behaviour change and includes a monitoring and evaluation protocol.
Since its first performance in 2005, almost 200 performances have been
presented. The feedback indicates that people are generally more informed
about HIV and more motivated to do something about HIV and AIDS related
issues. “We are proud of the measurable results of our work and of the
acknowledgement we receive,” Jimmie says.
The initial target audiences were farm workers in the greater Stellenbosch area,
but many successful performances have since been given at companies,
schools, churches and even military bases as far as Namibia. Because of illiteracy
and geographical isolation, rural audiences often miss out on HIV and AIDS
initiatives. This method overcomes these obstacles and truly includes the audience
in the drama by having them laughing and crying with the characters in the
sort of English and Afrikaans we all understand.
The actors were trained as HIV and AIDS educators and tell people everything
in a simple and understandable way. According to actress Christy-Ann Julies
the audiences are keen to talk about HIV after they have seen Lucky. “We
convince them that they can educate their community about HIV and AIDS,”
says fellow actor Ralston Oliphant.
For Hilton Andries, who plays the title role, Lucky is more than just a mini-musical.
“It is the chance to make an impact on people’s lives.” That is exactly what the
passionate people at the Africa Institute aim to do. They believe in educating
and empowering people through music and drama, thereby giving hope to those
living with HIV and AIDS.

• The Africa Institute’s                                Banking details for donations
  educational theatre                        Account name: Stellenbosch University
  interventions are sponsored           (Africa Institute for HIV/AIDS Management)
  by the Signature Trust of          Bank and branch: Standard Bank, Stellenbosch
  British American Tobacco                             Account number: 073 006 955
  South Africa (BATSA).                                          Branch code: 050610
                                                                     Reference: 9780
                                                          Making steady
                                                        he health sphere is one of the areas in which the Western Cape
                                                        Provincial Government strives to provide an efficient service, as
                                                        basic health care is a fundamental constitutional right. They aim
                                                    to improve the health of people in the Western Cape and beyond,
                                                    by providing a balanced health care system within the context of
                                                    optimal socio-economic development. This includes addressing HIV
                                                    and AIDS related issues at the core and at all different levels.
                                                    There are 32 multi-sectoral action teams that bring relevant role players
                                                    together to initiate local responses to the epidemic. A total of 353
                                                    projects are funded through community-based organisations.
                                                   Life skills and peer education: To address the rapid spread of HIV
                                                   successfully, it is essential to start education at an early age. A curriculum-
                                                   based life skills programme is available for all learners from Grade 1
                                                  to 7 throughout the province. A peer education programme is run in
                                                  131 secondary schools. Additionally, loveLife’s prevention programmes
                                                  are aimed at selected secondary schools, with 16 455 loveLife leaders
       Top: Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang,
                                                  at 139 schools.
       Minister of Health, and Mr Pierre Uys,
       Western Cape MEC of Health, welcome
                                                  Voluntary counselling and testing: VCT is offered at 473 health facilities.
       people at Cape Town station to attend
       the Partnership Against AIDS event in      There are 23 NGOs that employ 373 lay counsellors and provide the
       Langa on 9 October 2007.                   bulk of the pre- and post-test counselling services. The annual VCT
       Bottom: Mr Pierre Uys, Western Cape MEC
                                                  coverage of people 15 years and older was 9% at the end of 2006.
       of Health, gets tested in the ARV clinic
       at Somerset Hospital in Cape Town.        Prevention of mother to child transmission: A dual medication regimen
                                                 policy has been implemented throughout the province. This entails that
       all HIV positive mothers’ CD4 counts are taken and that a PCR test is done at 14 weeks on all babies born to HIV
       positive mothers. Transmission rates are measured as part of monthly cohorts and reported at six months. Significant
       results have been achieved: The transmission rate for the Western Cape decreased from 6,1% in 2005/06 to the
       current 5,3%. These statistics prove the effectiveness of dual therapy.
       Sexually transmitted infections: The STI programme remains a challenge for the Department of Health. The majority
       of people visiting public health facilities for STI related reasons are women. Since a significant proportion of
       people have their STIs treated in the private sector, the department has a partnership programme with 12 general
       practitioners to treat STIs jointly.
       Condoms: The Western Cape has an extensive condom distribution network that includes public sector and non-
       traditional non-public sector sites. From 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007 a total of 58 972 742 male condoms were
       distributed, which translates to 35 condoms per adult male of 15 years and older. Over the same period 254 426
       female condoms were distributed from 35 sites.
       Post-exposure prophylaxis: PEP, with the aim of preventing HIV infection after occupational exposure to the virus,
       is offered in all hospitals across the province. The department also has a PEP programme at designated sites for
       people who have been sexually assaulted.
       Antiretroviral therapy: The number of sites in the Western Cape providing ART has increased to 53 by June 2007.
       The monthly enrolment of new patients is steadily increasing. From the start of 2007 an average of 1 005 patients
       have been initiated on treatment each month. The data indicates that after four years on ART 76% of adults
       remain in care, while 82% of children remain in care after three years.
       Community home-based care: At the end of 2006/07, there were 79 contracted non-profit organisations providing
       home-based care (HBC) across the province. These NPOs employ more than 1 200 home-based caregivers.
       There were more than 18 533 people in care. An average of 242 281 HBC visits are done per quarter. There were
       16 hospice/respite centres providing 269 hospice beds across the province by June 2006.

      In touch
                       with research and education
          s a research and teaching institution of note, Stellenbosch University endeavours to make a difference
          in the lives of South Africans infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. The university’s HIV programme
          fulfills this objective on campus. Looking broader, the university aims to reach South Africans in general
  via various research initiatives and outreach programmes.
  The HIV programme focuses on a comprehensive HIV strategy. This entails moving towards a holistic approach
  to sexual wellness; acceptance of shared responsibility for the prevention and management of HIV through a
  workplace programme; prevention initiatives for students through peer education, outreach, gender campaigns
  and know-your-status drives; as well as HIV curricular integration based on best principles.
  In addition to the HIV programme there are several research initiatives on the university’s Tygerberg campus:
  Early antiretroviral treatment for HIV positive babies: Research by Prof Mark Cotton of the Children’s Infectious
  Diseases Clinical Research Unit (KID-CRU) at the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at Stellenbosch
  University and Dr Avy Violari of the Prenatal HIV Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand, led to a
  recommendation by the Data Safety Monitory Board that stakeholders such as the World Health Organisation
  (WHO) should consider new treatment protocols for babies born with HIV. The researchers conducted a clinical
  trial to determine whether early antiretroviral therapy (ART) over a limited period delays disease progression in
  HIV positive babies. The current standard of paediatric HIV care recommended by the WHO is to give infants
  ART only after they show signs of illness or a weakened immune system. The trial is due to run until 2011, but interim
  results already indicate that infants had a 96% chance of surviving if ART was started immediately after diagnosis.
  The dangers of BCG vaccination for HIV positive babies: Research by Dr Anneke
  Hesseling of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health led to the WHO
  sounding a warning that the bacille calmetic-guerin (BCG) vaccine, which is
  used worldwide to protect babies against TB, could actually cause TB in babies
  with immune systems weakened by HIV. The vaccine protects babies and young
  children against meningitis and disseminated TB. In most developing countries,
  the vaccine is routinely given to babies at birth. In this research it was found
  that when it is given to HIV positive infants, there is a high risk of severe vaccine
  complications. The WHO has consequently revised its recommendations regarding
  BCG vaccination in HIV exposed and infected babies.
  Testing for HIV in the labour ward: The Western Cape is currently the only province
  in South Africa where AZT is routinely added to nevirapine to prevent mother
  to child transmission of the virus during and shortly after birth. New research
  by Dr Gert van Zyl of the Virology Division at the Faculty of Health Sciences
  recently showed that dual therapy could cut the development of resistance
  to medication by half. The findings add weight to a campaign promoting
  the introduction of dual therapy countrywide. Nevirapine, administered in
  one dose to the mother in labour and then one dose to the baby, has long
  been the subject of controversy. In this research it was found that the rate of
  resistance to nevirapine dropped from an average of 35,7% in women getting
  a single dose to 17% among those receiving the dual therapy combination.
  Stellenbosch University makes an effort to conduct research on HIV and AIDS
  in partnership with the communities in which it works. This is why KID-CRU
  developed an advisory panel – the Community Advisory Board (CAB) – which
  serves as the voice between research teams and the community. Whenever
  KID-CRU wants to start new programmes, members of the unit must consult
  with CAB first. This interaction helps improve the knowledge and understanding
  of HIV and AIDS, promotes ethical research and offers opportunities for the
  community to be educated about research, HIV infection and ARV therapy.
               Top: The main campus of Stellenbosch University in its picturesque setting.
Middle: In March this year members of Stellenbosch University’s management marched
                      down Victoria Street in support of the university’s HIV programme.
         In front on the far right is Prof Julian Smit, Vice-Rector: Staff Development and
                           Community Interaction, accompanied by staff and students.
   Bottom: Nurse Yvonne Joubert conducts an HIV rapid test on Dr Sipho Masondo of
                            Student Affairs during the Each One Reach Five campaign.
   Remembering the
World AIDS Day
Gala Concerts
     of 2005 and 2006
           Theatre                     steps out
            he Artscape Theatre Centre has developed into a vibrant, multi-functional
            creative arts centre, emphasising sustainable theatre practice, education
            and development. Artscape is actively involved in social investment
       projects throughout the Western Cape. In an endeavour to embrace all
       communities, the theatre played a major role in establishing the isiXhosa
       festival in Langa, in partnership with the provincial Department of Cultural
       Affairs and Sport. This is complemented by structured community outreach
       programmes at Saron in the Boland and professional assistance with the
        annual Passion Play in Darling on the West Coast.
        During the rural outreach visits, Artscape arranges workshops and productions
        in partnership with Cape Town Opera, Cape Town City Ballet, the Cape
        Philharmonic Orchestra and Jazzart Dance Theatre. The next rural outreach
         project in 2008 will take place at Bredasdorp in the Overberg.
        Other projects with which Artscape is involved include the final dress
        rehearsal programme, whereby old age homes, orphanages and
        disadvantaged communities are invited to experience the magic of the
        theatre, providing performing companies with audiences before official
         openings. In line with tireless efforts to ensure the sustainability of theatre
         for future generations, Artscape has succeeded in broadening access
         to theatre facilities.
         Artscape is not only a large building providing professional space for
         cultural activities and performances. It is also a place where the South
         African nation is empowered through the promotion of creative excellence
         and cultural diversity.
           The performing arts speak a universal language that builds bridges. It
           unites young and old, rich and poor. Artscape is proud to be a crucial
           element in the Western Cape’s mantra to create a home for all.
           Top: A scene from the Passion Play earlier this year in Darling.
           Middle: Dizu Plaatjies with learners at his African music workshops
           during Artscape's rural outreach programmes.
            Bottom: Peter Voges directs one of the actors in the Passion Play.

                   Taking the
                 he theme for World AIDS Day 2007 and 2008 is leadership, which
                 emphasises the need for strong and committed action. This forms
                 part of the World AIDS Campaign’s umbrella slogan, “Stop AIDS,
             keep the promise”, which will remain the focus until 2010. The World
             AIDS Campaign (WAC) connects and strengthens HIV and AIDS
             campaigns from around the world.
             AIDS related issues becomes evident when one looks at the statistics:
              In 2006 there were 4,3 million new infections worldwide, more than in
              any previous year. The progress in halting HIV infections is far from the
               set targets. Many political promises are not kept, mainly due to a lack
               of leadership.
              Leaders are distinguished by their innovation, vision and action. To
              tackle the pandemic successfully, it is essential that leadership must
              be demonstrated at every level – by individuals and families, in schools
              and at work. By making leadership the theme for World AIDS Day,
               the hope is to inspire champions from many different settings in society
               to come forth as leaders. Tonight is a wonderful example of leaders
               from various walks of life and levels of society coming together to
                take a stand on HIV and AIDS, in the process inspiring others to
                become involved and do their part.

                     Pulling the
J   immie Earl Perry is a singer, actor, dancer and all-round performer with a wealth of experience. Setting an
    example for other artists, he uses his talent and experience in the fight against HIV and AIDS as the Director
    of Educational Theatre and Creative Arts at the Africa Institute for HIV/AIDS Management. Tonight he is
performer, director and producer.
Jimmie has worked with the industry’s finest, including singers Luther Vandross and Celine Dion, and conductor
Leonard Bernstein. He has performed in a variety of theatre productions and musicals, TV drama series and
commercials. His impressive repertoire includes being cast in the original Canadian production of Andrew Lloyd
Webber’s Cats, playing Papa in Starlight Express and Pontius Pilate and later Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. He
was also an original cast member in Cameron MacIntosh’s Miss Saigon in Toronto. His dream to see the world
was realised by four years of performing on cruise ships, including the QE2.
This US-born star grew up in Trenton in New Jersey. Through his parents he became involved with the St Paul AME
Zion Church, where he was exposed to gospel music played and sung by phenomenal musicians. That was the
beginning of his remarkable journey into the world of music and show business.
Jimmie attended the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, earning a music teacher degree and
performing in major choral works. He embarked on his show business journey in New York City, where he performed
in numerous Off-Broadway productions, attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in new York City,
toured with theatrical companies across the USA and landed his first international tour in a musical in 1976.
Jimmie was the guest soloist on the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir’s award-winning CD Glory Train. He performed
the lead vocal, along with the choir, for former president Nelson Mandela after his release in 1992. In 2001 Jimmie
performed during the European tour for the USA Gospel Singers, and was proud to have had the opportunity
to perform this in the famed La Scala opera house in Milan in Italy.
In 2006 Jimmie released his first South African produced CD, Power of the Dream, distributed by Gallo South
Africa. His music is a tasteful and cultured mixture of rhythm and blues, jazz as well as gospel. The album includes
well-known ballads from artists such as John Lennon, Stevie Wonder and Burt Bacharach, as well as original
offerings such as “Avalanche” and “Destination Africa”, melodies by Jacques Steyn of the instrumental group
DNA Strings to which Jimmie wrote lyrics.
All the songs were selected to weave a theme for humanity, with the focus on HIV and AIDS advocacy. As
Jimmie says: “We have the power to eradicate poverty, HIV and AIDS as well as TB – from the most vulnerable
and poor to those who are aware, more fortunate and have everything.” All the proceeds from sales of Power
of the Dream are donated to the Africa Institute for HIV/AIDS
Jimmie’s second South African CD will be released in 2008
and features South Africa’s premier gospel group, Kunjalo.
Although the CD primarily focuses on gospel music, it is a
great mixture of traditional and contemporary spiritual,
gospel and pop and African compositions, all arranged
by Jimmie and Kunjalo.
Ever since leaving America and Europe in 2004, Jimmie
has made Stellenbosch his home. He has since appeared
in various South African productions such as Orion, Laugh
Out Loud and Free Spirit, and on 28 December he will be
the guest artist in the musical games show Noot vir Noot.
Through his work at the Africa Institute he strives to empower
people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS through
the creative arts. Jimmie’s vision is to produce more live
shows, theatre productions and recordings to spread the
message that education, especially to the youth, is the
key to lowering HIV infection rates, eradicating stigma and
teach people to manage their life with or without the virus.
Jimmie is definitely not one of those performers who fall
into any one category. Apart from his diverse range of
training and experience, his passion for giving back to
others at every opportunity makes him stand shoulders
above the rest. And maybe the best part is that it gives
him “absolute joy”, as he says himself.

                                                                  Talent and care
                                            shine through
                                                   ulti-award winning performer Soli Philander has featured in South
                                                   Africa's entertainment and media industry for more than 20 years.
                                                   This versatile actor, director, comedian, playwright, columnist,
                                          TV and radio presenter is undoubtedly one of our country’s top entertainers.
                                          Soli’s dynamic television appearances have seen him in many guises. He
                                          presents the musical games show Liriekeraai and has hosted or featured
                                          in the comedy shows Lagnet, People of the South, Punch Line and It's a
                                          Funny Country. He has also appeared in the children’s educational
                                          programmes Bospraatjies and Kideo.
                                             He frequently hosted radio talk shows on Punt Geselsradio, presented on
                                             RSG and portrayed comic characters on Metro FM and AM Live. He is a
   freelance presenter for CapeTalk – where listeners to this talk radio station have requested that he bottle his
   laugh and sell it as a tonic. His repertoire includes numerous stage performances and direction of classic works,
   as well as those of South African playwrights such as André P. Brink, Pieter-Dirk Uys and Robert Kirby. He has been
   nominated for or received several best actor and supporting actor awards, as well as the prestigious Lifetime
   Contribution to the Arts award.
   Soli’s involvement in charity work for disadvantaged communities, schools and community organisations has
   been extensive. He is a patron of the Friends of The Red Cross Children's Hospital, and the organisation Feedback,
   and a board member of Dance for All. His passion for people lies at the heart of Soli’s community work and his
   involvement with the World AIDS Day concert: “The battle is not only about policy, resources and statistics – we
   also need constant reminding that we are dealing with human beings, and that what is most required in this
   struggle are manifestations of the higher aspects of our humanity.”

                                           Writing for the
                                                 icky Davis, best known as Tessa in the popular 7de Laan, is much
                                                 more than just an actress. With honours degrees in drama direction
                                                 and creative writing, she is also a highly talented writer – with a
                                          heart for people. That is why she is using her talents to make a difference
                                          in the battle against HIV and AIDS.
                                          In 2004 Vicky was approached by the Africa Centre to write an educational
                                          play about HIV and AIDS. The result was the centre’s highly successful mini-
                                          musical Lucky, the Hero!. The second piece out of Vicky’s pen, with the
                                          working title Lucky Fish, is currently being workshopped. It focuses on the
                                          management of HIV and AIDS in the workplace, the target audience
                                          being the corporate sector.
                                          Apart from acting, Vicky is part of the Tart & Koggel theatrical company.
   As a writer she has done work for Litnet, SABC2 and MXit as well as freelance writing of prose, essays, poetry
   and TV scripts. Her involvement with Lucky has opened new doors for her and she is planning to do research on
   the medium of educational theatre.
   To be involved in the community and make a positive difference is like breathing to Vicky. “I have an innate
   social conscience and can’t understand how people can live only for themselves,” she says. “The biggest mistake
   one can make is to think you are an island. Humanity is one big community that functions within group dynamics.”
   Vicky says celebrities do not realise the impact they can have. “If I have the power to make people listen to me,
   I want to tell them something that will improve their quality of life and will make a difference for the better.”

         Orchestra draws people
         ike Campbell is one of South
         Africa’s most well-known jazz and
         popular music writers. He has
arranged and conducted many orchestral
and big band productions for live
performance, radio, television and
commercial recordings and has many
years of experience in the music industry
behind him.
He graduated from the University of North
Texas in 1984, before taking up the position
of head of jazz studies in 1989 at the South
African College of Music at the University
of Cape Town, where he is now an
associate professor.
His involvement with the Africa Centre for
HIV/AIDS Management is multi-faceted.
He has done virtually all of the orchestrations for tonight’s gala concert and arranged and conducted Jimmie
Earl Perry’s CD Power of the Dream. He is also currently working with Jimmie and the music group Kunjalo on their
new CD project.
The Mike Campbell Orchestra (MCO) comprises many of Cape Town’s leading classical and jazz musicians and
varies from 45 to 50 players. It is essentially a symphony orchestra combined with an electric rhythm section and
vocals. South African artists who have appeared with the MCO include Gloria Bosman and Judith Sephuma,
among other jazz and commercial performers. The orchestra has a wide stylistic range, from Western classical
music to traditional and South African jazz, Latin and contemporary dance. They have performed at a number
of the country’s top social events.
In terms of future direction, the MCO hopes to continue combining the strengths of the classical, jazz and pop
musical traditions to produce quality music with a fresh sound.

                          In the orchestra tonight
      Violin I: Farida Bacharova, Lucia Scott, Galina Juritz, Petri Salomen, Piet de Beer, Candice Erasmus
       Violin II: Marc Uys, Waldo Alexander, Joanie Prinsloo, Eriel Huang, Davina Gordan, Kevin Cooke
                         Viola: Thomas Beckman, Azra Isaacs, Jane Price, Jeremy Hewitt,
                         Cello: Brian Shivro, Michael Viljoen, Theresa Burger, James Tagg
                                     Double bass: Colet van Zyl, Conroy Scott
                                         Oboe: Hilary Paterson, Karen Bam
                                       Flute: Bridget Salomen, Louisa Theart
                                         Clarinet: Mike Rossi, Becky Stelzner
                                        Bassoon: Michelle Davis, Simon Ball
                        Horn: Peter Amon, Sean Kierman, Pam Kierman, Eugene Kierman
                                             Harp: Roeleen Groebelaar
                                               Timpani: Frank Mallows
                                           Percussion: Bronwen Clacherty
                                                 Piano: Andrew Ford
                                               Guitar: Bruce Muirhead
                                               Bass: Shaun Johannes
                                                Drums: Kevin Gibson,
                                       Percussion: John Hassan (LP congas)

                                      Humour with
                                     ince he became a professional comedian in 1997, Dave Levinsohn has grown
                                     into a popular headline act. His off-the-wall re-examination of everyday topics
                                     has won him many fans all over the country, as does his ability to improvise
                                 when interacting with the crowd.
                                 Dave’s comical abilities come a long way – throughout school he was known as
                                 the class clown. He is a sought-after compere, has appeared at several comedy
                                 festivals and can be seen in a few television commercials, of which the most well-
                                 known is the award-winning “Big Black Box” advertisement for M-Web.
                                 Dave simply likes to make people laugh. He has a knack for finding the right tone
                                 and pitches his humour at a level everyone can appreciate, without being offensive.
   But the funny man can also get serious, and really show where his heart lies. His involvement with the World AIDS
   Day concert stems from a personal experience that has made a significant impact on him: “A week before my
   friend Garth died in 1995, he told me that nobody told him about this disease and he was angry. My involvement
   with this concert is to raise awareness for people like Garth, so that he can rest in peace.”

                                     Outside of the box
                                        erity’s songs are all about who and what we are – the essence of being
                                        human. Her band features top musicians from Mozambique and Congo,
                                        giving her music an African flavour, but with universal appeal.
                                 After winning a singing competition in the USA and being awarded a US working
                                 visa as an outstanding artist, she returned to South Africa in 2003 and worked on
                                 the documentary Our Own Stories, Our Own Voices, focusing on survivors of abuse.
                                 She has a passion for worthy causes. “It is a privilege to lend my voice to events
                                 that draw South Africans together to see how we can change this country one
                                 person at a time. The only way tomorrow will change is if we start doing something
                                 about it today.”
                                Verity is fast becoming a voice for change and possibility in South Africa. Her work
   in disadvantaged communities allows her to bridge social divides with her music and message and help effect
   change through her quickly expanding fan base. She is the perfect ambassador for all the things that are possible
   when we allow ourselves to shine and contribute to society in a powerful and uplifting way.

                                      Singing                  to praise
                                       ouchelle Liedemann started vocal training as a teenager of 16. In her last
                                       year of school she participated in three national singing competitions, walking
                                       away with the laurels in all three. It’s now a decade later, and she has become
                                 an established musician.
                                 Since the release of her first CD (there have been four) in 1999, Rouchelle has
                                 performed at numerous prestigious music events and has been the guest artist
                                 on the popular musical games show Noot vir Noot on two occasions. Workwise
                                 she is a presenter at Radio Tygerberg.
                                 It is an honour for Rouchelle to perform tonight. “Close friends of ours work at an
                                 HIV and AIDS orphanage and many of the babies there have such a short lifespan,”
                                 she says. “Young children who are exposed to HIV and AIDS are close to my heart.”
   As a mother of two toddlers, Rouchelle’s compassion for children who are HIV positive and who have to handle
   the disease at such a young age is understandable. This goes to show that every person with their unique
   circumstances and personality can play a role in the battle against the pandemic.

  Music that                                 uplifts communities
      unjalo is known for the vibrancy of their music. They artistically combine African and contemporary musical
      genres to bring out a sound that is unique to Kunjalo and which draws people in large numbers to experience
      a different sound.
Since the group’s inception in 2001, they have performed at various local and international events. On a local
level the group organised the One Voice AIDS Awareness concert at the Good Hope Centre in Cape Town. The
event was the largest ever staged by a local group and was attended by a crowd of about 8 000 people. They
have also recorded a televised Christmas production with Idols runner-up Gift Gwe. The group is a regular
performer at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Jazzathon, as well as various South African music festivals.
Kunjalo has undertaken five international tours. In 2001 and 2002 they received invitations to the USA. In 2003
Kunjalo was invited by a television network in Spain to do live recordings on a gospel channel. The organisers
extended the tour to include performances in London and Edinburgh. In 2004 the group again visited the USA,
where they performed in front of members of the US Congress, among others. In March and April this year Kunjalo
undertook another successful tour of the USA.
Kunjalo prides themselves on their close collaboration with Kunjalo Reach Out and Touch, a non-profit organisation
that aims to uplift the lives of less privileged people through its activities, which include feeding schemes, clothing
banks, activities for the elderly and Christmas parties for underprivileged children. Their personal experiences of
being less privileged make the members of the group aware of their responsibility to uplift others and make a
difference in the lives of talented youngsters exposed to social ills.
The group has been involved in projects with the department of safety and security as well as the department
of social services and poverty alleviation in the Western Cape. Both these projects were aimed at creating
awareness to the community of the services offered by the departments. The members of Kunjalo offer music
lessons to young children and the group aims to open their own music school within the next year.
Their involvement with the World AIDS Day concert is something they are serious about. They have a passion for
using their talents and voices to spread a message of love, hope and change in the era of HIV and AIDS. “All
of us could have contracted HIV if we had not made critical choices. As Christians it is not our place to pass
judgment, but to spread the message that God’s love is not restricted by our circumstances or HIV status,” says
Rosebud Busisiwe Mgada, the group’s administrator.
For Kunjalo their achievements so far are only the beginning of the road. The group looks forward to more
international exposure. They also aim to make their mark on the national front and to make sure that gospel
music in the Western Cape gets the recognition it deserves.

Who is Kunjalo? Pastor Manny Niekerk (manager/leader), Jennifer Kennedy
                                                                                       Banking details for donations
(treasurer), Antonina Niekerk (secretary), Rosebud Busisiwe Mgada
                                                                                                 Name of account:
(alto/administrator), Edith Brink (alto), Morraine Francke (alto), Wendy Alexander
                                                                                      Kunjalo Reach Out and Touch
(soprano), Mègan Johnson (soprano), Sellidon (soprano), Manuel Losper
                                                                                     Bank and branch: Absa, Parow
(tenor/vocal director), James Williams (tenor/guitar/music director), Deon
                                                                                          Account no: 406 420 2686
Kennedy (bass guitar), Rorick Sellidon (drums), Rodney Buys (keyboards), John
                                                                                                     Type: Cheque
Pienaar (additional keyboards), Donvino Prins (saxophone)

       A new outlook
                        through movement
             ance for All (DFA) is a non-profit organisation that has been teaching
             dance to historically disadvantaged children and youth in Cape Town
             for 16 years. In 2005 DFA formed its own youth company (DFAYC).
       Philip Boyd, a former principal dancer with CAPAB (now Cape Town City
       Ballet), founded Dance for All in 1991 as Ballet for All, starting off in a classroom
       in Guguletu with 34 children participating. These numbers quickly multiplied
       and Philip expanded the programme to include various dance forms.
       DFA now runs an outreach programme that includes classical ballet, African,
       contemporary, musical theatre and Spanish dance for 900 children in Guguletu,
       Nyanga, Khayelitsha, Athlone, Strand, Barrydale and Montagu. More than
       teaching dance, these classes help the children develop beyond a physical
       level by fostering creativity, self-discipline, self-esteem and confidence.
        Apart from providing a positive extramural activity, DFA has become a highly
        regarded school of dance, successfully training a new generation of
        professional South African dancers. Sixteen DFA “graduates” are now working
         professionally in the performing arts industries in South Africa and abroad.
         The DFAYC has a unique signature style, presenting a dynamic neo-
         classical/afro-contemporary repertoire that includes some of their own
         works as well as diverse pieces by local and international choreographers.
          Since its inception the DFAYC has continued to develop its artists throughout
          2006 and 2007, thus gaining further experience for the young dancers and
          establishing a name for the company. Long-running partnerships have
           been strengthened with dance organisations such as Cape Town City
           Ballet (CTCB), Jazzart and La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre and new ones
           have been formed with artists such as Jimmie Earl Perry, Buskaid and Verity.
           In February this year four of the dancers were invited to perform with the
           Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble in Paris. These performances were a
            resounding success with standing ovations. On 15 July the same dancers
            performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Such performances expose
             South African talent and promote the DFAYC internationally.
            For the growth and development of any professional company it is
            important to have outside artistic influences. The DFAYC is privileged to
            work with the likes of Prof Brian Vernon (head of dance at the University
             of Central Florida in the USA), Adele Blank, Nadia Krylova, Brian Bertscher
             and Kristine Elliott (director of dance at Stanford University in the USA).
             The second collaboration with CTCB has proven to be most successful
             for the dancers of both companies, working together in Kami and Tango
             Nights. In October the two companies performed alongside one another
              in Queen at the Ballet.
              To build new audiences and grow the youth market, the DFAYC annually
              presents an extensive school workshops programme. The dancers also
              assist with teaching on DFA’s outreach programme on an ad hoc basis,
               further developing their range of artistic skills and creating positive role
               models for other young people in their communities to emulate.
               Tonight’s dancers: Zandile Constable, Amy Koyd, Nqaba Mafilika,
               Xola Puytye, Tiran Willemse, Veronica Berezowsky

                                                            Banking details for donations
                                                        Name of account: Dance for All
                                                Bank and branch: Nedbank, Rondebosch
                                                           Account number: 1048055205
                                                                   Branch code: 104809

    In the right
     he uniqueness of the World AIDS Day gala concert is that it
     provides an outlet for communicating important information
     in a very creative way, says Baayork Lee, lighting consultant
and staging director at tonight’s event. “The use of theatre is a
wonderful way for all cultures to find a common bond. This concert
is a perfect example of how well the different art forms can blend together to teach a large audience about
HIV and AIDS prevention and awareness.”
She is positive about how much progress is made with spreading the message each year: “We have a long way
to go, but we have also come a long way in our awareness and prevention work. This gala event has been a
part of that progress and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.”
Baayork began dancing lessons at the age of three. Two years later she was chosen to be in the original production
of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. Today she is a world-renowned Broadway producer, director,
choreographer and author. Baayork is best known for her long association with A Chorus Line. Based on her life,
she originated the role of Connie Wong in this legendary show. Baayork has since directed more than 35
companies of the production. She is also the co-author of On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line.
But her theatre career is much richer, and Baayork’s directing credits include The King & I, Cinderella at the New
York City Opera, Barnum, Porgy and Bess and Jesus Christ Superstar’s European tours. Her credits as resident
choreographer for the Washington Opera at the Kennedy Centre include the world premiere of Goya (with
Placido Domingo) and Sly (with José Carreras), among others. Baayork also used her exceptional talent in operas
all over the world. These include Aida, La Gioconda, Spring Parade, The Nose and The Cunning Little Vixen.

                                      Setting the
                                    eing assistant lighting consultant and assistant staging director at tonight’s
                                    event is part of theatre guru Merete Muenter’s first visit to South Africa. Her
                                    motivation to be part of the concert stems from the positive difference the
                                people at the Africa Centre have made: “Learning about how Jimmie Earl Perry
                                and Jan du Toit were able to blend theatre and HIV and AIDS awareness into a
                                vehicle to help populations confront such serious health issues was a true inspiration
                                to me. That made me realise that you can do what you love to do in addition
                                to making a positive difference in people’s lives.”
                              Theatre productions are often only staged for commercial reasons, and Merete
                              says that is what makes the World AIDS Day concert stand out from the rest.
“Having the rare opportunity as an artist to produce a piece of theatre with the initial purpose to help a wide
audience of people is something unique and rewarding for everyone involved.”
Merete is originally from Buffalo in New York. Her involvement with the stage has seen her in many appearances.
Her directing credits with the Prospect Theatre Company in New York include Sure Thing, Variations on the Death
of Trotsky and The Duck Variations by David Mamet. She was also assistant director/female swing for the European
tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Baayork Lee. For the European tour of West Side Story, Merete acted
as resident director/dance captain. At the New York Musical Theatre Festival she was assistant producer for
Emerald Man in 2006 and for Such Good Friends in 2007.
Her performing credits include A Chorus Line, Anyone Can Whistle, The Wizard of Oz and West Side Story. Her
choreography credits include Sherlock Holmes – The Early Years at the New York Musical Theater Festival. She
was also involved with regional US productions of The King and I and It’s a Wonderful Life.

                            Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management
                                            Anja Laas
        Tel: 021 808 2964, Fax: 021 808 3015,,

                                      AIDS Legal Network
                                         Sandy Okkers
           Tel: 021 447 8435, Fax: 021447 9946,,

                                    BATSA Signature Trust
                                     Lanaine Abrahams
                            Tel: 021 888 3407, Fax: 021 888 3423

                                    Belhar Outreach Forum
                                        Veronica Smith
                             Tel: 021 952 0665, Fax: 021 952 4137

                                     Careways Group
                                    Adrienne Connolly
                           Tel: 021 442 5410, Fax: 021 442 5408

                                          David Russell
        Tel: 021 852 3527, Fax: 021 852 9327,,

                                    Health Policy Initiative
                                      Caroline Mbi-Njifo
            Tel: 012 991 4370, Fax: 012 991 5196,

                                        Ikamva Labantu
                                          Pat Hawkins
        Tel: 021 461 8338, Fax: 021 461 6823,,

                        Leadership in Strategic Health Communication
                                         Michelle Munro
                    Tel: 021 808 3136,,

                                       Mpho Modise
               Cell: 082 586 5548,,

                                     Openly Positive Trust
                                       Anne Mabena
                     Cell: 084 400 2016,

                                     Radio Tygerberg
                                     Helena de Lange
                           Tel: 021 948 8801, Fax: 021 948 8870

                                     Restoration Ministries
                             (HIV support in correctional centres)
                                            Lesly Uys
                 Cell: 078 385 2232, Cell: 084 846 9944,

                                 Sothemba AIDS Action
                                   Nomfuneko Salaze
                          Tel: 021 948 7699, Fax: 021 948 5740,,

                                   Treatment Action Campaign
                                          Pumeza Runeyi
        Tel: 021 364 5489, Fax: 021 364 4187,,

                                     UNAIDS South Africa
                                     Dr Mbulawa Mugabe
        Tel: 012 354 8490, Fax: 012 354 8491,,

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Acknowledgements      Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management
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                                                                                                          RE FOR

Proff Jan du Toit (Director) and Jimmie Earl Perry (Director of Educational Theatre
    and Creative Arts), Rialdo Alexander (Administrative Assistant), Burt Davis
  (Manager: Community Mobilisation), Bianca Farao (Administrative Assistant),
         Anja Laas (Manager: Academic Programmes), Ernest Samuels
        (Administrative Officer), Renice Williams (Manager: Programmes)
                           Stellenbosch University
    Mohamed Shaikh (Senior Director: Communication and Public Relations),
Susan van der Merwe (Head: Marketing and Communication), Lynne Rippenaar
  (Editor: Campus News), Martie van der Linde (Head Public Relations Officer)
                      Western Cape Provincial Government
Lionel Louw (Chief of Staff: Office of the Premier); Phillip Grobler (Head: Ministry of
Health), Faiza Steyn (Director, Communications: Department of Health), Msokole
   Qotole (Deputy Director, Health Programmes: Department of Health), Jimmy
    Ledwaba (Deputy Director, Health Programmes: Department of Health)
                                    Alfred Williams
                                  Donation of flowers
                                  Graphic Design
                            Soretha Botha, Mike Berry
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                                 Technical Team
                   Accoustics: Aki Kahn (Eastern Accoustics)
                         Monitor Engineer: Abdul Berten
        Accoustics Stage Crew: Keith Nakiwe, Eslyn Belellie, James Murtz,
                    Sergio Croy, Isaac Moshine, Morne Lucas
                   Standby: Grant Gibson, Kurt Heartzenburg
                Additional Décor: Anton van Zyl/To-Netts Décor

                               Artscape Team
     * The Artscape Theatre Centre in DF Malan Street on the Foreshore in Cape
                             Town is a cultural institution
                      in terms of the Cultural Institutions Act, 119, 1998.
        Council: Dr Marcus Balintulo (Chairperson), Ms Ruth Benjamin-Swales,
      Ms Fatima Diké, Prof Brian Figaji, Adv Nona Goso, Prof Nomvula Mtetwa,
                      Mr Michael Thompson, Mr Pieter Toerien
            Management: Mr Michael Maas (CEO), Mr Alastair Cockburn
        (Director: Operations), Mr Pieter Lourens (Director: Business Services),
       Ms Marlene le Roux (Director: Audience Development and Education)
          Artscape Theatre Centre: Mr John Hawkins (Theatre Manager),
           Mr Hadley Tituss (House Manager), Ms Jenny Pappadopoulos
       (Box Office Manager), Mr Guy Burbidge (Theatre Planning Manager),
            Mr Marius Golding (Head of Stage Services), Mr Ryan Ward
        (Publications Coordinator), Mr Brian Zellie (Maintenance Manager),
                    Mr Derrick Wilderman (Production Manager)


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