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The corporate governance of South Africa's largest HIV/Aids NGO called The Right to Care has been strengthened by the latest additions to its board which include non-executive directors Peter Moyo, Peter Goldhawk and Stanley Mabuza.


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The Right to Care, South Africa's largest HIV/Aids NGO, board of which Dr Ali Bacher is chairman, has been bolstered with the appointment of three additional non-executive directors: Peter Moyo, Peter Goldhawk and Stanley Mabuza.
"I have been a member of many boards and am of the opinion that the board of Right to Care is probably the best I have ever sat on. It displays high standards of good corporate governance and I believe that the extraordinary work done by the organisation is reflected in the depth of experience and expertise at board level,' comments Dr Bacher.
"We have been most impressed by the enthusiasm that these non executive directors expressed in accepting their positions and how keen they were to a play a leadership role in working with government and USAID in fighting this HIV/Aids pandemic.'
Through a variety of programmes and partnerships with government and other NGOs, Right to Care supports over 170 HIV/Aids treatment sites, funds the care and treatment of more than 125 000 HIV positive patients and tests more than 250 000 patients a year. It also runs the largest HIV/Aids clinic in the country at Helen Joseph Hospital, Themba Lethu Clinic, which has over 12 000 patients on anti retroviral therapy (ART) and conducts over 10 000 HIV tests per year. In addition, the organisation has a focus on corporates and provides HIV services to 30 businesses (100 000 employees) in eight African countries. Right to Care has 750 full time staff in five provinces.
The organisation is supported by a grant of over 173 million US dollars over five years from the US government, through the President?s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). USAID, which disburses and manages the funds, requires high level of reporting and governance. Also and very recently Right to Care has been awarded the Global Fund Round Ten Prime Recipient Award worth 63 million US Dollars over the next five years. Deloitte and Touche is the auditor of Right to Care.
In addition to its new members, the board consists of: Dr Ali Bacher (Chairman), Dr Brian Brink, Dr Alan Knott-Craig, Dr Gustaaf Wolvaardt and Reginald Muzariri. The executive directors of Right to Care are internationally renowned and include the founder and CEO, Prof Ian Sanne; Kurt Firnhaber, COO and Dr Thembisile Xulu, MD of Right To Care Health Services who was selected as one of only 15 Yale World Fellows at Yale University in the US in 2010.
The organisation has a multi-pronged approach to the HIV epidemic:
? Supports the government's HIV/Aids programme through HR, training, data management and infrastructure
? Forms partnerships with other NGOs to ensure the effective delivery of ART
? Facilitates access to HIV counseling and testing
? Trains and supports private sector doctors to better manage HIV/Aids
? Provides prevention and treatment for HIV and other chronic diseases in the workplace.
Plans are in place to upgrade the Alexandra HIV Clinic from a 7000 to a 20 000 patient facility. Right to Care intends embarking on a R20 million fundraising campaign after consultation with government.
The new board members
Peter Moyo
Peter is a CA and is chairman of the Vodacom board, a non-executive director and member of the audit committee at Transnet and on the board of Liberty Holdings. He is also chairman of the audit committee of the Auditor General?s office. He serves on the advisory council of the Stellenbosch Business School.
Peter is a director and shareholder of Amabubesi Group, a diversified investment group. Prior to this he was Group CEO of Alexander Forbes, a deputy MD of Old Mutual South Africa and a partner at Ernst and Young in Johannesburg. He also previously served on the board of Telkom.
Stanley Mabuza
Stanley has an MBA from Wits Business School amongst other qualifications. He is currently the chief strategy executive of SA National Blood Service. He has held numerous Strategy positions at Absa, Standard Bank, the IDC and Eskom. He is a member of the Corporate Strategy Board, the BMF and the Institute of Directors.
Peter Goldhawk
Peter is a CA and a retired partner of PwC. He is now a director of Goldhawk Corporate Advisory. He is a member of the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants, the JSE Listings Advisory Committee and an alternate director of the Directorate of Market Abuse of the Financial Services Board.

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