The Western Cape Health Department says Premier Helen Zille’s “Get tested and Win” HIV testing campaign, with prizes totalling R100 000, is gaining momentum.
Despite widespread criticism, including from the SA Medical Association, Zille has pushed ahead and is expected Wednesday to make the first draw of one of five R10 000 prizes. It will be given to a member of the public who has been tested since the competition opened on Monday.
All the prizes for the lucky draw, which includes a grand prize of R50 000 and runs until December 9, are funded from the public purse through Zille’s office.
Western Cape Health Department spokesman Faiza Steyn said the second day of the campaign went much better.
“More people came for the counselling and testing at these sites. The only challenges we were facing was setting up the sites at municipal halls where there were pre-arranged events, but we are attending to this via the executive of the City of Cape Town through the Premier’s office. Testing is also happening at the Thusong Centres throughout the Western Cape,” Steyn said.