Ratlou Mabula
LEPHALALE The Limpopo Department of Health ran a “SHE CONQUERS” HIV/ AIDS prevention campaign focusing on girls and young women at Lephalale TVET College on Friday, 2 June.
The campaign, according to PJ Modiba of Students Support Services at the college, aims to assist learner’s health and wellbeing so that they are able to be independent personally and academically.
Modiba said Lephalale TVET College, with its sister college in Modimolle have a partnership with the Department of Health, and in their premises, they have a dedicated professional nurse who assists learners with health-related matters.
Speaking on behalf of the Principal of TVET, Modiba encouraged learners to freely participate in the health programmes brought to them in their college.
Lephalale TVET College Drama played a heart-breaking story depicting a young girl who stayed with her father and stepmother. Her stepmother would take the money given to her by her father all the time. All that, together with peer pressure, pushed the girl to end up sleeping with gangsters for money. The cherry on top was when her boyfriend had unprotected sex with her teacher, who slept with other male students. In the end, everyone was infected with HIV.
Other stakeholders included SAPS, Lephalale Municipality and Correctional Services, who came with ex offender Abel Madibana, a motivational speaker. He told learners he was arrested in 2013 for burglaries he committed in 2003, emphasising the message that the arm of the law is long.
Madibana advised learners to refrain from criminal activities as the results often limit the person once out of prison and looking for employment.

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