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Ms Debbie Heustice; Mr Senzo Mchunu; Deputy
Chair of the KZN Provincial Council on AIDS, Mr
Patrick Mdletshe, and Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo.

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Members of info4africa, a self-funded Centre of UKZN’s School of Applied Human Sciences, recently attended the second meeting of the Provincial Council on AIDS at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall.

info4africa Director, Ms Debbie Heustice, said, ‘We were fortunate to be allocated space on a very packed agenda for the meeting to allow us to formally launch the KwaZulu-Natal Directory (Series 7) and ceremonially hand over a copy to the KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Mr Senzo Mchunu, and the MEC for Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo.’ 

The directory contains information on over 12 800 service organisations as well as important National and Provincial Government Key contact information and National Helpline numbers.  A PDF/electronic version of this KwaZulu-Natal Premier directory is available on request from info4africa (email: media@info4africa.org.za).

Heustice was officially inducted at the meeting as a member of the Secretariat of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Council on AIDS.  ‘The role of Civil Society on the AIDS Council is an important one.  Being part of the Secretariat means we can engage directly with the Premier’s office on matters of health, wellbeing, poverty alleviation etc on behalf of Civil Society in the Province,’ she said.  

The Centre has also added an Android App to its bouquet of services, making access to health and wellbeing service providers in South Africa much simpler. The Android app, now available on the Google Play Store, enables users to search for their nearest health and wellbeing service provider, using either GPS triangulation on their mobile device or by manually inputting their address or chosen location.

Once users have found what they’re looking for, they can simply long press the provider name and their mobile handset will call the telephone number listed. If users prefer not to make a call, and rather visit the service provider, they are presented with a nifty map to direct them.