Visit of the Prime Minister on 10 December 2003

The Premier of KwaZulu/Natal, Dr Lionel P H M Mtshali visited Blessed Gérard's Care and Social Centre on 10 December 2003.

The Prime Minister with the Board of Directors of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard: (from left to right) Clare Kalkwarf, Fr Gerhard, Prime Minister Dr Mtshali, Sr Nokuthula Thabethe, Dr Paul Thabethe.

Our Prime Minister listened attentively to a presentation about our ministry and we showed him our hospice and children's home. He was very impressed with our work, even gave us a personal donation and promised his help with our fundraising. Prime Minister Mtshali is known for his courageous attitude and actions to help HIV/AIDS patients access antiretroviral drugs and we are proud to be united with him in the fight against AIDS in our country.

Prime Minister Dr Lionel Mtshali visits the children at Blessed Gérard's Children's Home. Behind the Prime Minister on the left is our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Thabethe and to his right the Mayor of èNdondakusuka (Mandeni) Makhosonke Ntuli.

The Prime Minister gave us updates on HIV/AIDS policy developments in KwaZulu/Natal and the country's commitment to a holistic and comprehensive response to the AIDS pandemic (from left to right) Chief V J Ngcobo, District Administrator Simo Mfayela of Ilembe, Prince Nhlanhla Zulu M.P., Prime Minister Dr Lionel Mtshali, Mr S V Naicker M.P.P. (who initiated and coordinated the visit), Mayor Makhosonke Ntuli of èNdondakusuka, Fr Gerhard.