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South African Business Coalition on HIV / AIDS
The seeds of SABCOHA were sown in 1997 after the launch of the Global Business Coalition. A few key individuals and companies perceived the need for a business response to the pandemic in South Africa and a board of governors was formed. These governors were: Clem Sunter (Anglo American), Gaby Magomola (Kgorong Investments), Leighton MacDonald (Mx Health), Nicholas Bicket (Old Mutual), Danisa Baloyi (National Black Business Caucus), Namane Magau (CSIR) and Phangisile Mtshali (Bristol Myers Squibb). The board was guided by a steering committee made up of key members of founding companies. In May 2001 the organisation was registered as a Section 21 company. Anglo American, BMW, Eskom, Metropolitan Life, Mx Health, Standard Chartered Bank and Unilever were the key founding companies.
SABCOHA’s strategic goal is to co-ordinate the South African business sector in the development of strategies through its sub-committees to create a platform for high-level advocacy and leadership. The challenge of the steering committee and its various sub-committees is to develop policies and programmes based on universal good practice that can be applied both in and outside the workplace. Membership of SABCOHA is steadily growing, with smaller businesses now joining in increasing numbers. With its main office in Johannesburg, SABCOHA has now opened offices in the Eastern and Western Cape.
SABCOHA exists to mobilise and empower business in South Africa to take effective action on HIV/AIDS in the workplace and beyond.
SABCOHA seeks to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on sustained profitability and economic growth by:
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