Launch of the Private Sector Forum on Health in the Informal Sector, 11 June 2021, Sandton ICC, Johannesburg.

11 June 2021 - The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), and Deputy President David Mabuza will launch the Private Sector Forum of SANAC on 11 June 2021 at the Sandton International Convention Centre, Johannesburg, Gauteng. The global fund has allocated funding to the South African Business Coalition on Health and Aids (SABCOHA) to work with SAWPA in South Africa. Our role is to make sure that we implement pilot projects in two metros in South Africa making sure that waste pickers have access to personal protective equipment (PPE).

The establishment of the Private Sector Forum is an important milestone that will ensure a fully constituted SANAC through a proper representation of the private sector in all SANAC structures. More importantly, it will ensure a better coordinated private sector response and contribution towards the implementation of the national response to HIV, TB, COVID and STIs.

The health aspect of the informal workers especially waste pickers has been overlooked for many years. While we try to make sure that an enabling environment is attained it is also equally important that the heath of waste pickers is taken into consideration. SAWPA is very happy to be part of the project where the private sector forum will be ironing shortcomings experienced by waste pickers on the ground. It is good that this project has a relationship with office of the Deputy President of South Africa.


Sandton ICC, Johannesburg, Gauteng
11 June 2021
11:00 am – 15:00 pm

Simon Mbata: South African Waste Pickers National Coordinator
+27 66 219 1232;
Musa Chamane: Waste Campaign Manager, groundWork
+27 82 380 2237;