IN PICTURES: World AIDS Day in SowetoA TAC activist address the attendees at the World AIDS Day event last year. PHOTO: Denvor De Wee/Spotlight

IN PICTURES: World AIDS Day in Soweto

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On Tuesday South Africa commemorated World AIDS Day in Soweto under the theme: We’re in the together, Cheka Impilo.

Spotlight photographer Denvor De Wee was there to capture the event in pictures.

Deputy President David Mabuza, also chair of the South African AIDS Council (SANAC) delivered the keynote address during the World AIDS Day event in Soweto. PHOTO: Denvor De Wee/Spotlight
Some young people living with and impacted by HIV shared some emotional stories. Here Deputy Minister of Social Development, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu comforts a young person. PHOTO: Denvor De Wee/Spotlight
This year’s World AIDS day event was held at the Itireleng Community Health Centre with a government delegation led by Deputy President David Mabuza, civil society organisations and residents. PHOTO: Denvor De Wee/Spotlight
The government delegation led by Deputy President David Mabuza listened to adolescents living with HIV sharing about their needs and ongoing challenges with accessing HIV services. PHOTO: Denvor De Wee/Spotlight
There are 7.6 million people known to be living with HIV and about 5 million who are currently on treatment in South Africa. During the World AIDS Day event in Soweto on Tuesday, government leaders got a glimpse into the stories and lives behind these statistics. PHOTO: Denvor De Wee/Spotlight
Elbow bump: US Ambassador Lana Marks also attended the event. PHOTO: Denvor De Wee/Spotlight
This year’s World AIDS Day was commemorated under the theme: We’re in this together, Cheka Impilo. PHOTO: Denvor De Wee/Spotlight
Deputy Chair of the South African AIDS Council Steve Letsike. PHOTO: Denvor De Wee/Spotlight
Dr Thembisile Xulu, SANAC CEO delivered the vote of thanks. PHOTO: Denvor De Wee/Spotlight
Many activists attended the World AIDS Day event in Soweto. PHOTO: Denvor De Wee/Spotlight
Members of the community, activists and civil society organisations attended the community dialogue session at the Itireleng Clinic in Dobsonville. PHOTO: Denvor De Wee/Spotlight
Deputy President David Mabuza made various commitments during the World AIDS Day event in Soweto. PHOTO: Denvor De Wee/Spotlight

 

TAC youth leader, Thulina Moukangwe. PHOTO: Denvor De Wee/Spotlight
TAC chairperson Sibongile Tshabalala. PHOTO: Denvor De Wee/Spotlight