Pilot project makes condoms available for commuters in minibus taxis

An initiative by the South African National Aids Council (SANAC) in partnership with the SA Taxi Association will make free condoms available to commuters on 10 minibus taxis in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal .

The pilot project was launched in Midrand on Monday.

SANAC Chief executive officer Dr Sandile Buthelezi says about 18-million people use taxis daily so this is a good way of spreading the message on the use of condoms.

The taxis are actually branded with messages leading people to go and test and people to actually use condoms. It is a very good industry and very strategic for our target market.

Dr Sandile Buthelezi, CEO - SANAC

We trying to make talking about HIV fashionable but also the use of condoms because we still see that we still get more than 200,000 new infections every year.

Dr Sandile Buthelezi, CEO - SANAC

He says while condoms are available, people have become complacent.

Ten years ago when people were dying, everyone was scared but now with a very good treatment programme in place, people have become complacent.

Dr Sandile Buthelezi, CEO - SANAC

This is just but one initiative, there are quite a number of initiatives that we're actually implementing to try and convince people to change their behaviour.

Dr Sandile Buthelezi, CEO - SANAC

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