Premier Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane has led the Eastern Cape Province in commemorating the annual World Aids Day at the Mbizeni Stadium in the Walter Sisulu Local Municipality on Thursday 1 December 2022..

This event was held under the theme: “Equalise and Integrate to end AIDS” and is organised in partnership with the Eastern Cape Aids Council (ECAC). This year’s programme placed special focus on the province’s success over the last 20 years in responding to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

The Premier said government was working around the clock to address the alarming increase in the nation's youth, which continues to experience high rates of new HIV infections. “This is a critical issue if we are to stem the tide of rising HIV infections.”

Recent data revealed that new HIV infections in young people aged between 15 and 24, account for roughly 14 000 new infections in young males and 55 000 in young women. “In light of these numbers, we need to keep working together across all sectors to raise awareness and improve our messages about prevention and sticking to treatment,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of Eastern Cape Transport MEC Xolile Nqatha, Joe Gqabi District Municipality Executive Mayor Nomvuyo Mposelwa said:

"A lot of road crashes that have claimed so many of our loved ones and caused us so much pain could have been avoided. Let us also recognise that, our safety is in our hands and let us take charge and refuse to be a part of the gory stats of road accident victims. By doing that, we would have spared our families the heartache and grief."

Walter Sisulu Local Municipality Mayor, Cllr. Vania Davids, said: “We are entering the festive season, we urge all road users including pedestrians to be extra vigilant on the road.”