HIV/AIDS: Briefs


Iscor is the latest Numsa-organised company to conduct a HIV prevalence test. The saliva of all employees is tested to find out how many workers are infected and whether they are professionals, clerical or production workers, their age group and gender. From these statistics, the company is then able to plan what is needed and what it can provide.

Numsa staff employee assistance programme

Numsa will launch a meeting at the end of May with three representatives from each region as well as head office to implement its policy to take care of Numsa staff members who are infected or affected by HIV/Aids.

The meeting will introduce an employee assistance programme and put people in touch with specialists that can help.

Numsa counselling workshops

Numsa will run three-day workshops over the next few months to train people in counselling skills. The workshop will be run in each Numsa local. If you are interested in becoming a HIV/Aids counsellor contact your nearest local Numsa office. is back

After a few years of being in the internet wilderness, Numsa’s web site has made a comeback. See it for yourself at

These are comments from some shop stewards who have already taken a look. If you have more suggestions of what you want to see, please e-mail us on

I checked out Numsa’s Web site. It is excellent. I liked it so much I made it my home page. All I need to know about Numsa is just a click away.

Tlalane Moeketsi

Consani Engineering, Cape Town

This gives me great pleasure and a sense of ownership to see our website finally updated. This was long overdue and our new web site is now full of creative links with colourful icons which reflect our struggle. The new web site gives one an opportunity to get background on the union, benefits of joining, who can join, Numsa publications for those who cannot get a hard copy, policies, and other important links which gives one so much information just from your desk.

There is one of the most creative features added to our new website, a daily news update for every sector with issues of importance to comrades. Though this is a great website, the challenge lies with us to come forward with suggestions to continually improve our site rather than to have a complete revamp after six years.

Long live the freedom of “democratic leadership in our factories and in all spheres of society”.

Takalani Radali

Eskom, Johannesburg