Loyiso Bala appointed UNAIDS Ambassador
Eyewitness News spoke to Loyiso Bala about his new position as Ambassador for UNAIDS.
JOHANNESBURG - Award winning South African musician Loyiso Bala has been appointed the National Goodwill Ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS).
He says he feels honoured to have been appointed.
"This is a role that I put in very high regard. For me this is a great honour and a place where I can make a difference, not only in my community but throughout the entire country."
Bala has done extensive work in connection with HIV/Aids awareness. He has played a role in the 46664 concerts over the last several years and took part in some of the National AIDS Councils around South Africa.
He says he does this because of the "good work the United Nations have done in South African, Africa and rest of the world."
UNAIDS has 10 targets it's currently focusing on leading up to 2014 and Bala has zoned in on two of those.
"Eliminating gender equalities and gender based violence is the first one. As you know that's a huge problem in our country currently."
The singer will also focus on eliminating stigma and discrimination, especially for people affected by HIV and Aids.
"I get a lot of opportunities to address young people, whether it's through music or show or speak and engagement and I will take these opportunities to raise these issues."
Bala says, "If we don't talk about HIV and Aids and about the dangers of it, which I believe has sort-of declined over the years, what will start to happen is that less young people will use condoms and have sex. I believe that if you speak about it, they will be more conscious when making those decisions.
Loyiso, who is an R&B and gospel singer, also spoke to Eyewitness News about his shift toward gospel music and his new album, which due to be released in 2014.
He embarked on a new journey about a year and a half ago where he recorded his first ever gospel album.
Bala believes the album, entitled Love Completes, will share his spiritual journey with his audience.
Love Completes is gone on to become one of the top five selling albums in South Africa.