Supply Chain Dev Prog

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, 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) .

In June 2008, SABCOHA began to offer Supply or Vendor Chain companies the opportunity to provide free VCT and treatment to their employees as part of a comprehensive workplace programme. This project seeks to shift the burden of the HIV/AIDS pandemic from the employer to SABCOHA in recognition of the fact that companies exist to be productive and profitable.

The coalition signed an agreement with Shell and BP South African Petroleum Refiners (Sapref) and the Durban Automotive Cluster (DAC) in July 2008 to implement HIV/AIDS management programmes in their organisations’ vendor supply chains.  In recognition of its experience and expertise, SABCOHA has been awarded funding from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This funding now gives it the opportunity to offer a comprehensive workplace programme – as well as affordable, sustainable VCT and treatment that many SMEs cannot afford.

With the CDC’s support, SABCOHA is now offering participating member companies the opportunity to provide free, high-quality treatment to their employees. Click here for more information.

For further information contact Pat Mhlongo (Project Manager) on 011 8804821 or


Durban Automotive Cluster (DAC)

dac-logo.jpgSABCOHA signed an agreement with the Durban Automotive Cluster (DAC) in July 2008 to implement HIV/AIDS management programmes in their organisations’ vendor supply chains.

This project has rapidly assumed flagship status and is an example of a well co-ordinated initiative. All the initial capacity building stages have been accomplished as management, steering committee and champion, as well as peer educator trainings have been completed. The next steps are VCT and treatment.

Eskom programme

eskom-logo1.jpg  Eskom is a South African utility that generates, transmits and distributes electricity. Key to broadening the reach of private sector HIV/AIDS initiatives is extending them to supply chains. Eskom has taken the lead in this regard and SABCOHA is offering support to other companies in adopting this strategy.

The supply chain programme has sought to build on the strengths of the pilot project, while widening it to reach more companies and extending the initial interventions of the companies that participated in the pilot project. In this regard, a number of capacity building initiatives are under way in Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces. These will the followed by VCT and treatment. Read more…

Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC)

jbic_logo.gifSABCOHA has partnered with the Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC) to conduct an HIV/AIDS capacity building programme to tackle falling productivity and rising costs resulting from absenteeism and deaths in the automotive and mining sectors.

JBIC is a policy-based financial institution responsible for conducting Japan’s external economic policy and economic co-operation. It has adopted proactive measures against HIV/AIDS and has encouraged project-executing agencies to offer HIV prevention programmes aimed at its staff members, construction workers and local residents.

Click here to access the JBIC home page. For more information on the JBIC and SABCOHA partnership,click here.

Click here for the Report on HIV/AIDS South African Workplace Capacity Building Programme 2007/2008.

Shell and BP South African Petroleum Refiners (Sapref)


sapref-logo.jpgSABCOHA signed an agreement with Shell and BP South African Petroleum Refiners (Sapref) in July 2008 to implement HIV/AIDS management programmes in their organisations’ vendor supply chains.

The project has already made tremendous progress as the first cluster of 10 Sapref companies has participated in management training, steering committee and champion training, as well as peer educator training. The project is currently in the VCT awareness stage in preparation for VCT drives. In this way, it is hoped that as many supplier employees as possible within the Sapref site will be reached.  

Swedish Workplace HIV & AIDS Programme (SWHAP)

swhap-logo.jpgThe 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.

Jacob Graaff, the SWHAP country co-ordinator, has expressed optimism that the largely neglected SME sector will finally benefit from this programme.

Volkswagen SA/ILO Project

The broad objective of this 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.

With respect to VWSA, the project aims to implement 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 started in July 2005 and ended in mid-2007. As part of the supply chain programme, the new phase will broaden to incorporate VW suppliers. Read more…

This publication (journal, article, etc.) was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 1U2GPS000794-01 from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STDs and TB Prevention.