The South African National AIDS Council (Sanac) says it will be meeting with newly-appointed Deputy President David Mabuza soon to discuss key priority areas around HIV and TB programmes that must not be compromised.

Mabuza is the new chairperson of Sanac, taking over from President Cyril Ramaphosa, as the council is chaired by the country’s Deputy President.

Sanac says Ramaphosa has left it in good standing.

Co-chair Steve Letsike says they’ll be engaging with Mabuza to make sure they remain focused on their goal to achieve an HIV-free generation by 2030.

“We want to reduce infections first by 2022 below 88 000 and of course our target of the LFP is to ensure that by 2022 we would have reduced new TB and HIV infections. Second priority is ensuring that two-million living with HIV are enrolled and adhering to treatment which is the ARV and that’s what we to want to ensure that we don’t lose out on access to treatment to people everywhere and across the country,” says Letsike.