Motsoaledi: SA turns corner in HIV fight

The Health Minister says SA’s HIV/AIDS programme is putting funeral parlours out of business.

FILE: Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: GCIS/SAPA.

CAPE TOWN - South Africa is reversing the catastrophic impact inflicted by HIV/AIDS, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Tuesday.

Briefing journalists in Parliament, the minister remarked the country's HIV/AIDS programme was putting funeral parlours out of business.

He says the pandemic changed life in South Africa, doubling the death rate in nine years.

"We used to listen to municipalities talking about now having to cremate because they had no space in graveyards."

Motsoaledi adds hospitals and hospices were full and funeral parlours were a lucrative business.

"I was told that the most lucrative business is a funeral home. If you want to get rich overnight and you want to start a business, you start a mortuary. I'm told that they are now being closed."