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Jesse Jackson Gives Backing to South Africa's AIDS Plans

October 26, 2005

On Monday in Johannesburg, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition President Jesse Jackson gave his support to the South African government's HIV/AIDS efforts, saying combating the disease is crucial to the country's economic development. Jackson met with Mayor Amos Masondo to look at ways to extend a 2003 sister-city agreement between Johannesburg and New York City in which the cities agreed to share experiences with crime, poverty, unemployment, health and urbanization.

At a press briefing after the meeting -- attended by city officials and Jackson's son, Jonathan, and his daughter Jackie -- Jackson said he has long been concerned about the economic gap between countries in northern Africa and those in the south. HIV/AIDS, he said, is a major hurdle to development.

"Effort needs to be invested in this area so there can be economic growth and development to make for a healthy environment," said Jackson. "Ultimately, the image for South Africa must be seen as golden for investment and not damaged by the image of AIDS."

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Masondo said the meeting would help foster greater cooperation between Johannesburg and New York, and with black Americans in general. "The fact that we have met and considered a number of issues suggests to me that there are greater possibilities for deepening our relationship with the Afro-American diaspora, and that the relationship we have with New York will find greater support and greater means and possibilities on challenges such as HIV/AIDS," he said.

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Adapted from:
Business Day (Johannesburg)
10.25.05; Chantelle Benjamin


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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