• HIV and AIDS


HIV and Aids are arguably the greatest challenges facing South Africa in recent times.

It is crucial that South African cities tackle vigorously the epidemic as it increasingly affects the social and economic life of the country.

In particular, HIV and Aids have a disproportionate impact on the black urban poor, vastly increasing poverty when combined with high unemployment, low household incomes, the breakdown of traditional support systems and lower access to services.

The South African Cities Network investigates initiatives taken by municipalities, highlights good practices and outlines the components of good practice standards suggested by international models and research.

The research findings contribute to the strengthening of South African cities in responding to the pandemic.


HIV and Aids are arguably the greatest challenge facing South Africa in recent times.


2004 study commissioned by SACN
2004 study commissioned by SACN

SOUTH AFRICAN CITIES AND HIV/AIDS: CHALLENGES AND RESPONSES: A SACN STUDY The study, commissioned by SACN, looks at local government responses to HIV and Aids and contains information on initiatives taken by municipalities. The purpose of the report is to encourage local authorities to develop multi-sectoral HIV and Aids mitigation strategies based on the experience of their peers, 2004. Read more [1.3Mb]

CREATING POSITVE SPACES Sustainable settlements in the context of HIV/Aids , report of the National Seminar and Learning Event: 18 – 19 September 2007 Read more [pdf, 2Mb]

HIV AND AIDS MAINSTREAMING PROGRAMME BUSINESS PLAN SACN's plan to mitigate the impact of HIV and Aids in member cities through mainstreaming, January 2004 - July 2006.

HIV AND AIDS AND URBAN POVERTY: AN OCCASIONAL PAPER Mirjam van Donk explores HIV/Aids as an urban development concern, with a particular focus on the link between HIV/AIDS and urban poverty, 3 August 2002. Read more


SOUTH AFRICAN CITIES AND THE CHALLENGES OF HIV AND AIDS A workshop investigating the measures taken by new municipal structures with varying levels of resources, capacity and productive working relationships with other spheres of government on HIV and AIDS plans and implementation strategies, 26 - 28 October 2003.

RESEARCH BRIEF A review of city responses CoJ HIV/Aids presentation, 1 November 2004. Read more

MANAGING THE IMPACT OF HIV AND AIDS ON HUMAN RESOURCES A workshop looking at the impact of HIV and AIDS on Municipal Human Resources Strategies, 22 November 2002.

DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP IN PARTNERSHIP AGAINST HIV AND AIDS Address by Ms NGW Botha, deputy minister, Provincial and Local Government on the evaluation report on the implementation of the Programme for the Development of Local Government Leadership in the Partnership Against HIV/AIDS, 19 November 2002 Read more