Sector Initiative

A number of sectors in South Africa have initiated advanced programmes to tackle HIV/AIDS. Research and other information on these sectors will be published here.

Additionally, in 2003 the Bureau for Economic Research found that small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa did not have the infrastructure or the capacity to develop HIV/AIDS workplace programmes. SABCOHA is working with a number of organisations to address this issue, including Eskom Holdings Limited, Daimler Chrysler and the ILO Project (involving Volskwagen SA’s eight supplier companies as part of a broader ILO Pilot Project) and the Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC) .

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Research

The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Selected Business Sectors in South Africa 2005:

ber-logoThe SABCOHA survey on the impact of HIV/AIDS on selected business sectors in South Africa was conducted by the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) among respondents in the mining, manufacturing, retail, wholesale, motor trade, building and construction, financial services, and transport and storage sectors. The survey took place from 20 July to 6 September 2005 and 1 032 companies participated in the survey.

Apart from the fact that the survey was expanded to the transport and storage sector and certain new questions were introduced, the 2005 survey is a repetition of the 2003 and 2004 HIV/AIDS surveys by the BER and SABCOHA. The results from the 2005 survey did not differ dramatically from that of the 2004 survey. This serves to affirm the findings of the previous surveys and validate the findings of the 2005 survey.

The survey results suggest that the mining sector, followed by the manufacturing and transport and storage sector, are the worst affected among the sectors surveyed.

International

Swedish Workplace HIV & AIDS Programme (SWHAP)

The partnership between the Swedish Workplace HIV and AIDS Programme (SWHAP) and SABCOHA validates the supply chain methodology that the coalition has launched as its primary intervention in the SME sector. This Swedish-funded partnership serves as a pilot project for the supply chain model within the supply chain SMEs that serve established Swedish companies operating in Gauteng.

Five Swedish companies with well-functioning flagship HIV and AIDS workplace programmes have each identified five of their most valuable suppliers or customers to participate in the programme. Through this programme they can now share their own expertise and experience of HIV and AIDS workplace programmes to enhance the health and sustainability of their supply chains and to make a further contribution to fight the effects of the pandemic.

The strategic partnership with SABCOHA is in recognition of the experience that it has in project managing such interventions. This programme, however, comes with a Swedish edge to it based on the networking cycle principle that has as its basis the practice of like-minded SMEs engaging with and learning from each other and growing together. It also reflects the socially oriented nature of the Swedes in that it is based on the close co-operation of employees and management.

Automotive

Durban Automotive Cluster (July 2008):

dac-logoSABCOHA has signed an agreement with the DAC to implement HIV/AIDS management programmes in their organisations’ vendor supply chains. The memorandum of understandings were signed on Friday, 11 July 2008.

Through the vendor chain programme, SABCOHA seeks to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on sustained profitability and economic growth by ensuring that business is a key part of an integrated effective national response to HIV/AIDs.

The objectives of the programme are to:

  • Promote a programme to develop the capacity to fight HIV/AIDS in the SAPREF supply chain and within the DAC;
  • Minimise the risk to which suppliers and thus indirectly SAPREF, are exposed in respect of managing HIV/AIDS;
  • Maintain the organisation’s supply chain;
  • Demonstrate leadership in the southern African region in managing HIV/AIDS; and
  • Develop international quality practice in respect of how the private sector responds to HIV/AIDS.

SABCOHA will manage all the technical components of the programme, contract with sub-contractors who will implement the programme, and manage these contractors: SABCOHA, as part of the CDC agreement, will directly fund the delivery of the components of the programme. The DAC will be responsible for playing a co-ordination role with contractor/supplier liaison role.

JBIC and SABCOHA implement workplace capacity programmes (May 2008):

jbic_logoWorking with the Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC), SABCOHA conducted a programme in several leading companies operating in South Africa. The programme focused on HIV/AIDS capacity building to tackle falling productivity and rising costs resulting from absenteeism and deaths.

A number of interventions were set up through the programme, ranging from developing a database of HIV/AIDS service providers to training peer educators and conducting management training.

Programme findings were presented at a breakfast on 9 May 2008 at the Hyatt Regency in Johannesburg. Six automotive manufacturers and one mining company, Hernic Ferrochrome, participated.

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SABCOHA-JBIC programme sabcoha-jbic_presentation.ppt

KAB highlights kab_highlights_presentation.ppt

Hernic Ferrochrome hernic_ferrochrome_presentation.ppt

 

SABCOHA/Volkswagen SA/ILO Project:

vw-logoThe broad objective of the project is to put in place a National SafeWork action programme in three countries, focusing on establishing a preventative health and safety culture, which includes an effective response to HIV/AIDS in the workplace. By establishing a health and safety prevention culture, which incorporates an effective response to HIV/AIDS in the workplace, the economic losses due to deaths and HIV-related illness in terms of direct and indirect costs can be minimised.

With respect to VWSA, the project is implementing effective HIV/AIDS programmes in eight of its supplier companies. SABCOHA is co-ordinating this programme, using the SABCOHA Toolkit as a basis for implementation. The project began in July 2005, and ended in mid-2007. As part of the supply chain programme, the new phase will broaden to incorporate VW suppliers.

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Contract cleaning

projectpromote-logoProject Promote has developed out of the urgent need to comprehensively address the issue of the re-supply of condom dispensers at non-traditional sites. The condom-distribution project is a unique partnership between the South African Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (SABCOHA), the national Department of Health, Prestige and Fidelity Supercare – two of the country’s biggest contract-cleaning companies – and the hygiene products supplier, Steiner Group (sister company of Prestige).

Condom distribution is an important component of any HIV/AIDS prevention strategy. Scientific research shows that latex condoms are highly effective in preventing the transmission of HIV and other STDs when they are used consistently and effectively.

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Energy

Shell and BP South African Petroleum Refiners (July 2008):

sapref-logoSABCOHA has signed an agreement with the SAPREF to implement HIV/AIDS management programmes in their organisation’s vendor supply chains. The memorandum of understandings were signed on Friday, 11 July 2008.

 Through the vendor chain programme, SABCOHA seeks to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on sustained profitability and economic growth by ensuring that Business is a key part of an integrated effective national response to HIV/AIDs.

The objectives of the programme are to:

  • Promote a programme to develop the capacity to fight HIV/AIDS in the SAPREF supply chain and within the DAC;
  • Minimise the risk to which suppliers and thus indirectly SAPREF, are exposed in respect of managing HIV/AIDS;
  • Maintain the organisation’s supply chain;
  • Demonstrate leadership in the southern African region in managing HIV/AIDS; and
  • Develop international quality practice in respect of how the private sector responds to HIV/AIDS.

SABCOHA will manage all the technical components of the programme, contract with sub-contractors who will implement the programme, and manage these contractors: SABCOHA, as part of the CDC agreement, will directly fund the delivery of the components of the programme. The DAC will be responsible for playing a co-ordination role with contractor/supplier liaison role.

Eskom:

eskom-logo1Eskom is a South African utility that generates, transmits and distributes electricity. It supplies approximately 95% of South Africa’s electricity and 60% of the total electricity consumed on the African continent. It is the among the top 11 utilities in the world in terms of generation capacity and the top seven in terms of sales. Ownership of Eskom is vested in the South African government.

Eskom recognises that the sustainability of its suppliers could affect its own sustainability and has identified HIV/AIDS as a major risk factor to their sustainability.

It also identified that certain of its suppliers were particularly at risk because they did not have HIV/AIDS workplace programmes in place. Based on this information Eskom decided it made good business sense to invest in developing the capacity of these suppliers to manage HIV/AIDS in their businesses and their communities.

To achieve this Eskom partnered with SABCOHA on a programme to offer support to all of its suppliers (approximately 1 000 companies) over a period of three years. SABCOHA had already developed an HIV/AIDS toolkit specifically for use in SMMEs.

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Transport

Regional Workshop on HIV in the Road Transport Sector in Southern Africa (September 2007):

The International Organisation for Migration, in conjunction with the World Food Programme, the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), the North Star Foundation, and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS, held a Regional Workshop on HIV in the Road Transport Sector for Southern Africa from 26 to 28 September 2007 at Piggs Peak, in Swaziland.

The workshop’s specific objectives were to share lessons learned of HIV responses in the road transport sector in southern Africa; to facilitate networking and increased co-ordination among partners and stakeholders working in the road transport sector in selected countries, and among different agencies implementing HIV initiatives in the road transport sector, to avoid duplication and to strengthen and upscale responses; and to outline a way forward for future interventions and activities.

Participants came from the SADC secretariat, SADC governments, the private sector, the donor community, international organisations, civil society, and research institutions. The wealth of this multi-national and multi-sectoral diversity encouraged extensive sharing of lessons and, based on these lessons, it facilitated agreement on the main way forward.

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The Road Freight Association:

rfa-logoThe Road Freight Association (RFA) was established in 1975 to support its members who are, in the main, road freight service providers. It is a facilitating body which influences the state of the industry, rates, upkeep of the road infrastructure, road safety, freight security, driver interests, cross-border transport, development funding for emerging operators, education, health, the fuel price, law enforcement, labour relations and many other issues related to road freight transport.

The South African road freight for hire and reward employs approximately 70 000 people and has 3 000 registered transport operators. It is a key industry in the South African economy, conveying more than 80% of the total freight in the country.

The growth in the road freight industry has seen a concomitant rise in HIV/AIDS infection among truck drivers. As a result of the long distance truckers have to travel in South Africa and elsewhere in the region, many are away from their families for long periods and this makes them vulnerable to HIV/AIDS infection along the region’s trucking routes. Trucking Against AIDS was launched in South Africa in 1999 under the banner of the National Bargaining Council to create awareness of HIV/AIDS/STIs among long-distance truck drivers and woman at risk. The key aim of this project is to reduce the spread of the disease in the road freight industry and to provide assistance to truckers who are already infected.

In order to strengthen the government’s partnership strategy, the RFA and Department of Health joined forces and, with funding from the European Union, established a complementary project called Focus on AIDS in January 2000. Other private sector organisations have also supported these initiatives.

For more information on the Trucking Against AIDS project please contact Ian Davis: idavis@rfa.co.za

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