The City of Tshwane's Multi-sectoral AIDS Management Unit closed the commemoration of the AIDS Candlelight Memorial in style at the Stanza Bopape Community Hall on 25 May 2017.
The event, which was attended by different traditional leaders in the region, is a Global Health Council programme observed annually during May.
The Candlelight Memorial is a mobilisation project that encourages communities around the world to become more active in addressing the challenges people face who are affected by HIV, AIDS, STIs and TB through participation in a worldwide memorial.
Speaking on behalf of the MMC responsible for Health and Social Development, Ms Seabelo Kgarosi Atamlefac (living with the disease), said that she was happy that more people were coming around now that they realise that HIV and AIDS is not a death sentence.
Kgarosi led a group of AIDS survivors to light candles in remembrance of those who lost their lives due to the diseases, as well as those living with them.
The Candlelight Memorial was first commemorated in 1983 and it has since been observed internationally on the third Sunday of May each year, led by the Global Network of People Living with HIV.
Khosi Mashego, the Director of the Multi-sectoral AIDS Management Unit, said she was pleased with the outcome of the campaign. "The focus was to get more people to come together and discuss how they can improve the HIV and AIDS stigma, and we have achieved that," said Mashego.