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DJs for a day


HST staff recently felt like DJs for a day, when they recorded radio adverts for a new project in the Northern Cape and Limpopo.
Andile Masilela, Roger Tevan and Melton Mashudu Mbedzi were asked to be the voice artists for the Power of Knowing project currently underway in the Northern Cape and Limpopo.
The project, funded by KfW (the German Development Bank) through the Development Bank of Southern Africa, will provide free HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) services through the establishment of an HCT franchise network. Private service providers including NGOs, doctors, pharmacists and nurses will be invited to participate.
The three excited HST staffers and a few other volunteers rehearsed their scripts numerous times before settling behind the microphones.
However, there was much fun and laughter as they quickly discovered how simple words could turn into tongue-twisters, once the recording switch was on.
“Gosh, it seemed so simple and now it’s not,” said Tevan, with his head in his hands.
The three-year initiative is endorsed by the National Department of Health with the purpose of increasing HCT uptake, especially among men. ​Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has repeatedly lamented the reluctance of men to get tested and know their status.
HST is implementing the project in partnership with Re-Action!, a business development consultancy.
HST’s Project Manager, Dr Mioara Marcu, says: “Through the Power of Knowing, we are saying to people: take charge of your future. Once you know your status, you will be able to plan your life.”
There are several benefits for the private service providers who join the HCT franchise network.  
For more information, contact:
Dr Mioara Marcu – Project Manager. Email:
Nancy Zitha – Limpopo Provincial Co-ordinator. Email:
Poppy Mathane – Northern Cape Provincial Co-ordinator. Email: