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The AIDS Consortium was established in 1992 by Justice Edwin Cameron, a constitutional court Judge of  and other HIVandAIDS activists. Its objective was to promote a non-discriminatory response to HIV and AIDS based on people’s basic human rights as enshrined in the South African constitution.


The founding document of The AIDS Consortium was the AIDS Charter, which sets out the basic human rights of people living with HIV and AIDS. This document remains central to the basis of the work of The AIDS Consortium; The AC was established as an independent NGO in Braamfontein at its first AGM in 1998 where 225 members ratified the constitution.

In July 2000 The AC registered as a Section 21 company and is a membership based organisation bringing together a network of over 1000 AIDS Service Organisations (ASO's) and individuals addressing the AIDS pandemic in Southern Africa.


Our Non-Profit Organisation registration number is 029-839-NPO

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Vision, Mission & Objectives - 2011

The AIDS Consortium (The AC) is a network organisation primarily concerned with servicing people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS through its affiliate constituencies. By providing communication, capacity, information, collective services, leadership and guidance to our affiliates, we are able to help shape the response to the fight against HIV and AIDS in various communities. Networking and collaboration with organisations working in this field are key to shaping the response to HIV and AIDS by our communities, which is where the potential to address the epidemic lies.



A driving force for social change and competence in HIV leadership.


The AIDS Consortium uplifts communities by building AIDS competence within its national network, with a specific focus on human rights.


1) To bring together communities in a network that facilitates and mobilises change by addressing human rights issues arising in relation to HIV and AIDS. A network that can challenge forms of unfair discrimination on the basis of HIV and AIDS and to deliver a measurable response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic

2) To provide direct engagement with AIDS service organisations, individuals and stakeholders to address the needs, issues and challenges facing people living with HIV3)


3) To uphold the ethos and values as outlined in the HIV and AIDS Charter, which is a founding document of the organisation


The AC derives its mandate from the Memorandum of Articles and Association and its founding document, the AIDS Charter


Registered with the Department of Welfare as a non-profit organisation

AC is a Public Benefit organisation

Section 21 Company Reg. Number: 2000/017522/08

Vat registered 4710213705


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Rose Thamae

Let us grow


072 1188 945

Dr. Shanil Naidoo

Reproductive Health and HIV Research Unit


011 358 5315

David Douglas

Corporate Ratio


011 888 4649

Judi Nwokedi



011 367 3620


Odette Geldenhys



031 301 6178

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Roy Naidoo
Finance Officer, Acting Executive Director

Forward vision on integration of financial and management obligations. Meticulous and Methodical, ANC Youth League background, Manages youth intervention programmes, Income Generation implementer.

Terri Morris
Senior Bookkeeper / HR Administrator


Rhulani Lehloka
Communications and Resource Manager

Media background as well as strong networks in health and community, youth and brand integrity.

Denise Anthony
Organisational Development Manager
Bongani Sithole
Distribution and Cyber Café Officer

Distribution and merchandise experience as well as logistics background.

Gerard Payne
Advocacy Manager

Extensive experience in HIV/AIDS and youth, deeply passionate about community development and empowerment. Well versed in community franchising and programme management.

Asnath Shai
Training Manager

Thando Ncube
Frontline Facilitator/ Administrative Assistant to the Directorate

Sauwe Moditsi
Limpopo Provincial Coordinator

Community development; mass mobilisation and networking; HIV and AIDS; local structures

Mmabatho Seremane
Senior Trainer


Phindi Mukwevho
Trainer/Mentor – Limpopo Office

HIV and AIDS experience in communities. Passionate about Community Development and is a Gender Equality activist.

Nomagugu Kgopyana
Administrator – Limpopo Office

Passionate about people. Experience in HIV and AIDS, Leadership and Management training.

Joseph Dithako
Trainer/Mentor – Gauteng Office


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In the early days of the epidemic in South Africa, there was little or no understanding of the human rights issues raised by HIV and IDS. Discrimination was widespread, and rapidly becoming institutionalised.

In response to this situation, a Charter of Rights for people living with HIV was drafted in 1992, forming the basis for the work of the AIDS Consortium.

Drafted by three lawyers (Edwin Cameron, Edward Swanson and Mahendra Chetty), the Charter drew on international documents such as the Montreal Manifesto of the Universal Rights and Needs of People Living with HIV Disease and the United Kingdom Declaration of the Rights of People with HIV and AIDS, but was adapted for the South African context.

The Charter was endorsed by a wide range of local and international organisations and individuals, including political and religious leaders, artists and community organisations. The Charter was publicly launched on World AIDS Day, 1 December 1992, and was subsequently translated into Afrikaans, Zulu, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Sotho. Other countries including Botswana have drawn on the Charter in formulating similar documents.


In July 2009, The HIV and AIDS Charter was re-launched, taking into consideration the current context of the HIV epidemic in South Africa. Stigma (internal and external) remains a deterrent to accessing HIV testing, treatment and a positive lifestyle and inhibits the attainment of the National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV and AIDS 2007 - 2011 goals.

The Charter follows the Freedom Charter of South Africa, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and was a forerunner to the Bill of Rights in the Constitution of South Africa 1996. It continues to complement these and other policy frameworks, such as The National Health Act and The NSP, and acts as a guide for other international Charters. 

“This re-launch is the beginning of a process of engagement, where The AIDS Consortium calls for further interrogation and discussions on stigma and discrimination as one of the root deterrents to positive living. This document will hopefully one day cease to exist because all people will be upholding the rights of people living with HIV” says Denise Hunt, Executive Director of The AIDS Consortium.

The AIDS Consortium calls every South African to take this opportunity to reignite their passion of activism by interacting with this document and taking ownership for its implementation

HIV and AIDS Charter 2009



HIV and AIDS Charter 1992

Charter Endorsements

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