The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) brings together government, civil society and the private sector to create a collective response to HIV, TB and STIs in South Africa. The Council is chaired by the Deputy President of South Africa
The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) (www.sanac.org.za) is a voluntary association of institutions established by the national cabinet of the South African Government to build consensus across government, civil society and all other stakeholders to drive an enhanced country response to the scourges of HIV, TB and STIs. The Council is not a juristic person. Under the direction of SANAC, the government of South Africa created the South African National AIDS Council Trust as the legal entity that is charged with achieving its aims. The SANAC Secretariat exists to implement the objects of the SANAC Trust established in terms of the Trust Property Control Act.
The Sport, Arts & Culture (SAC) Sector is one of the 18 civil society sectors represented in SANAC. The Sector is responsible for implementing activities towards achieving the NSP goals and aims to coordinate, communicate and ensure there is consensus building within the sector and between sectors. Show Me Your Number (SMYN) serves as the Secretariat and Coordinating organization mandated by the sector. In this role, SMYN provides leadership, administrative, implementation, monitoring and reporting functions on behalf of the sector to SANAC. The SAC encompasses a wide range of partners including government, the private sector, non-governmental organisations and individual men and women. These partners are tasked with conceptualising and leading campaigns for their constituencies, using sport, arts & culture as “a vehicle to help mitigate the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS (UN, 2003)”.
The adopted Sector priorities to contribute to the National Strategic Plan on HIV, TB & STIs are as follows:
This plan will be implemented through implementation of the following activities:
•Toolkits & information dissemination
•Demand generation & social mobilization
•Social & behaviour change communications (SBCC) through sport, arts & culture
•Prevention of stigma & discrimination Reduction of human rights violations
•Advocacy on funding landscape
•Partnership development & maintenance
•Sector administration & management
A re dlale safe campaign is the flagship project of SANAC Sport, Art & Culture Sector driven by Show Me Your Number and other organizations in the sector. Through this project, the sector seeks to increase the uptake of usage of male and female condoms, promoting uptake of HIV Counseling & Testing services as well as promote circumcision by males.