The Archbishop of Cape, the Most Revd Njongonkulu Ndungane, and the Rt Revd David Beetge, Bishop of The Highveld and provincial dean, met today [Wednesday 12 January] with South African Deputy President, Jacob Zuma, to brief him on a proposed US$10 million dollar award for a new HIV and AIDS educational programme to be facilitated by the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (CPSA).
The programme will be sponsored by the United States government, as part of its President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
PEPFAR has awarded the CPSA $US10 million over five years for a programme to be known as Siyafundisa ("Teaching Our Children").
Siyafundisa is an educational programme targeted at preventing the further spread of HIV and AIDS through the promotion of abstinence among young people. Siyafundisa will be implemented in communities across Southern Africa and, as with other HIV and AIDS-related initiatives of the CPSA, it will not be restricted to Anglicans but function, as far as is feasible, ecumenically.
For further information, please 'phone Penny Lorimer, Media Liaison for Archbishop Ndungane, on 082 894-1522