Together we end AIDS

Make a difference in Durban - July 18-22, 2016

What’s on in Durban during Conference week!

by Marlijn van Berne

This week is no doubt going to be a crazy, inspiring, moving, frustrating but hugely valuable learning experience. The strange thing, for me, is that in 2000 I was part of my then Secretariat family; working side-by-side, to prepare for this incredible, global event. This week, I am a participant; blessed to be here, eager to learn and excited to be part of this global movement where all the big and little voices count. Will there be enough time to do it all? Probably not, but let’s try! Also keep an eye open for all the exciting events taking place outside the Conference venue for the duration of this week; I have highlighted a few below:



Sunday 17-22 July, visit the BEER HALL RIVERTOWN AIDS CONFERENCE ACTIVATIONS at 102 Florence Nzama Road, for a week of activations in conjunction with the AIDS 2016 Conference. Amazing live local music / coffee / local food vendors / drink specials / exhibitions / live art / movies / photo booth / workshop space / tours and more. Every day from 10:00-22:00. And don’t forget to pop in to see the Durban Centre of Photography’s Ngale exhibition!

Monday 18 July 2016, 17:30 till Monday 25 July 2016, 16:00: Art for Humanity are hosting ‘BREAK THE SILENCE PRINT PORTFOLIO EXHIBITION’ at The Durban University of Technology (DUT) Art Gallery, located on the Steve Biko Campus in the Cecil Renaud Theatre, above the Library. The exhibition ‘Break the Silence Print Portfolio’ showcases original prints by Judith Mason, Sue Williamson, Diane Victor, Chris Diedericks, Kim Berman and Judy Woodborne to name a few.

Monday 18 July to Friday 22 July: LIVE ENTERTAINMENT and culinary treats feature at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga. Every day this week, at The Palm Court – enjoy a lavish, TRADITIONAL HIGH TEA daily from 14h30-17h00 accompanied by live piano entertainment. An hour and a half later, at The Oyster Bar, from 18h30-21h30, you can relax to the SULTRY SOUNDS OF WALLACE NOCK as he performs on guitar, keys, drums, three different saxophones and vocals.

Duration of Conference week to 5 August: Visit the phenomenal exhibition CARTOONS FOR FREEDOM at the Alliance Francaise from 09:00-17:00 daily. The brush is indeed mightier than the sword as The Institut Français in Paris in collaboration with the Institut Français in South Africa and Courier international, the weekly French newspaper, presents press cartoons by artists from all over the world that highlight and encourage debate around a number of ‘freedom of expression’ themes.


Tuesday 19 July 2016, 21:00: Mingle with HIV/AIDS role players at the much-anticipated ALLIANCE FRANCAISE COCKTAIL EVENING, at 22 Sutton Crescent, corner Lilian Ngoyi (Windermere) Road.



Join aspiring philosophers, dreamers, romantics, story-tellers, comics and revolutionaries at this weekly LIVE POETRY sessions which is described as “A poetic fusion of young minds of mix creed, gender and race looking for a platform for expression during these troubled times of international feuds and epidemic outbreaks.” The venue is the Functions Room at the BAT Centre, 17h30 – 19h30.



Suncoast’s free YOGA sessions are open to everyone and cater for all levels – from beginner to advanced. All classes are guided by a qualified and experienced instructor. The sessions are held every Thursday from 5.00pm to 6.00pm. For directions to your afternoon class, call 031 201 8585.

THURSDAYS IN BLACK: This South African campaign was launched by the Diakonia Council of Churches during the 16 Days of Activism Campaign at the end of 2008, and is an ongoing drive to raise awareness and encourage people to work towards a world without rape and violence against women and children.

Want to let off some steam? Join the LUNGILE HEALTH TRAIL RUN/WALK which offers FREE and Fun trails in Durban. The group caters for all levels of fitness and has 3- 5 different walking and running groups. We meet at 3 different locations every Thursday at 5:30pm and enjoy the Trails in and around Durban. To get more info and receive directions to the next trail go to and register on the right hand side of the page. Free and open to everyone!



Join the Durban DJEMBE DRUMMING CIRCLE’s ‘Beginners Session’ every Friday, starting at 18h30 and 20h00, and again on Sunday afternoons from 15h30 and 17h30.Find them at The Drumshack, housed within the Stables Lifestyle Market Complex, 9 Jacko Jackson Drive, near the Moses Mabida Stadium. Any enquiries or advance bookings can be made with Jonathan Pimenta on 0813419216 or 0837044879.


Enjoy THE DEAD TRENDS & ROSS CHARLES LIVE UNPLUGGED on Saturday night in the Blue Dolphin Bar at the Blue Waters Hotel, starting at 18:00. Every Saturday Blue Dolphin bar at the Blue Waters Hotel and Squeaky Takkie Productions host LIVE Unplugged – a 2 hour music show featuring Durban’s finest musicians! This weeks’ feature is a Rock invasion with The Dead Trends Duo and Ross Charles!

Every Saturday the ESSENWOOD CRAFT MARKET proves to be a firm weekend favourite. Expect a wonderful collection of African curios, arts & crafts, unique designs of hand crafted jewellery and other items of interests to the keen eye, up-to-date crafting trends and fashion clothing, just to mention a few. Visiting us is definitely a must. Bring the whole family along.  Since the paving of the market area, Essenwood Market is now pram and wheelchair friendly as well and visitors can find parking in Essenwood, St Thomas, Berea Park and Sydenham Roads with Car Guards on site.

Sign the Second Durban Declaration!

The International AIDS Society has released the Second Durban Declaration and encourages all people and organizations to sign on.  Sign on an read the complete text here.

“There has been remarkable progress in our response to AIDS since the global HIV community last convened in Durban in 2000. Curbing the spread of HIV was the first step . Accelerating investment and action on a robust human rights and social justice agenda is the next.

Despite significant scientific advancements, we continue to encounter structural barriers that impede real world progress. Realizing the promise of scientific achievement requires a greater commitment to removing barriers between discovery and implementation. The 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) must bring these pieces together – the key scientific advances needed to end the epidemic and the key structural barriers impeding progress – and secure greater political commitment including financial resources to get the job done.”

Important: New security requirements to attend AIDS 2016 — All delegates

From the AIDS 2016 Registration Team:

In order to ensure delegate security, the South African Government has mandated a process that all AIDS 2016 delegates must adhere to in order to access the conference venue in Durban. Please note, whether you are on site at the conference for one minute or one week, the process is the same.

This process is led by the South African State Security Agency. Conference organizers are responsible for supporting this process and for communicating with conference delegates. The process involves four steps:

1. Complete your registration
A registration desk will be available to finalize this on site, but you may experience significant delays. To avoid any delays at the conference, please complete your registration and submit full payment prior to Sunday 3 July 2016, 23:59 CEST.

2. Submit required registration and security information online
To expedite the security process, every delegate will need to complete their registration for AIDS 2016 and submit their up-to-date passport information (or national ID for South Africans). You can go online today to update your conference profile and provide this information no later than Sunday 3 July 2016, 23:59 CEST. Please make sure your information is complete and up to date as you will not be able to make corrections on site. This mandatory information is being collected by conference organizers on behalf of the South African State Security Agency. We will not share this with any other parties.

3. Print your conference voucher and have it on site with you
After your registration is complete, you will receive a printable conference voucher by 8 July that confirms your registration and attendance. It is very important that you print this voucher and bring it with you.

4. Appear in person to complete the accreditation process
Anyone entering the conference center in Durban will first need to appear in person at the accreditation office managed by the South African State Security Agency. You will receive directions to this office and other important information when you receive your printable conference voucher. You will need to present this voucher and your passport (or national ID for South Africans) – photocopies are not permitted. Security personnel will take your photo and print your badge for you.

More information is available HERE.

Register for Beyond Blame Pre-conference

Beyond Blame @AIDS2016: Challenging HIV Criminalisation is a one day pre-conference for activists, advocates, healthcare professionals, lawyers, policymakers, and anyone else interested in working to end HIV criminalisation.

The meeting is being convened by HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE – comprising ARASA, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, GNP+, HIV Justice Network, ICW, Sero and PWN-USA – with local partner AIDS Legal Network, and in collaboration with UNAIDS and UNDP.

The pre-conference will include morning plenaries highlighting successes and challenges in the fight against HIV criminalisatiion around the world, afternoon skills-building workshops, and a closing keynote by Justice Edwin Cameron of South Africa’s Constitutional Court. A detailed programme will be made available in the weeks prior to the meeting.


Conference Programme is up!

The official AIDS 2016 conference programme has just gone live online.  Check it out.  The programme includes all conference abstracts, sessions, and satellites, global village and youth programme sessions and activities, exhibitions, and select pre-conferences, as well as some networking events. Using the “My Itinerary” tool, you can also build your own plan for the conference.

TB/HIV Networking Zone accepting proposals

TB/HIV Care Association would like to invite you to be part of the TB HIV Networking Zone in the Global Village at AIDS 2016 in Durban from 18-22 July 2016. The TB HIV Networking Zone will feature daily sessions, panel discussions, interactive social media campaigns, and much more.  They invite all civil society organisations, advocates, policy makers and delegates planning to attend AIDS 2016 to submit a proposal to host a session in their networking zone.  Proposals can be submitted HERE.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 15 June 2016.

The goals of the Networking Zone are to:
1) Increase participants’ knowledge of the dual TB-HIV epidemic
2) Bridge the gap between HIV and TB communities and organisations by facilitating interaction and sharing best practices for integrated service delivery
3) Identify opportunities for communities, key affected populations, researchers, donors and policymakers to collaborate on TB-HIV research policy and programme design.

For more information, contact Michelle.

Until We End AIDS.