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New SANAC CEO appointed

Deputy President and South African National Aids Council (SANAC) chairperson, David Mabuza, welcomed the appointment of Dr Thembisile Xulu as the Chief Executive Officer at SANAC.

Xulu's appointment comes after Dr Sandile Buthelezi’s resignation from SANAC to serve as the Director-General of the National Department of Health.

Xulu is a medical doctor with extensive and direct experience in dealing with HIV and TB health matters.

In terms of experience, she spent 15 years at Right to Care (RTC) as manager of the HIV Expert Treatment Programme and Executive Director of the group, among others.

Mabuza has also appointed Dr Namane Magau to fill the vacancy in the SANAC Board of Trustees.

Magau has served in various executive and management roles in the past - both in the public and private sectors.

These executive roles were in the Development Bank of Southern Africa, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, as well as the South African Broadcasting Corporation and the University Council of the former University of Durban-Westville. 

“The work that lies ahead of us as SANAC is immense. We are faced with the triple pandemics of HIV, TB and Coronavirus, which require us to ensure that the strides we have made thus far are not reversed.

“We are confident that both these women bring the requisite expertise and an attitude of dedicated service to the roles. We have no doubt that their experiences will contribute immensely to the work of SANAC,” said Mabuza.

The appointment of the two doctors is expected to strengthen SA’s response to TB, HIV and Aids.

SANAC was created by Cabinet to establish an agreement across government, civil society and business to strengthen the country’s response to HIV, TB and STIs.

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