God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

pensée of a Catholic priest

HNU Alumni- and Campus Club in Cape Town

After leaving the township of Khayelitsha, the HNU delegation continued to the town of Stellenbosch, where they had a brief walk and lunch in the lovely city centre before visiting Stellenbosch
University’s Lückhoff School. Stellenbosch University’s Dr. Jerome Slamat, Senior Director Community Interaction, presented Stellenbosch University’s CSR and HOPE projects. Then Reverend
Stefan Hippler, Chair of HOPE Cape Town Trust, and Dr. Sadeeka Williams, medical advisor of HOPE Cape Town, presented the Hope Cape Town project which aims at treatment and increasing knowledge about the prevalent HIV / Aids problem in the townships. Prof. Bernd Rosenkranz, Stellenbosch University, Division of Pharmacology, showed us the e-learning program for township clinics and community health care workers. Rev. Hippler and Prof. Rosenkranz accompanied the HNU group to Solms Delta Farm & Wine Estate in Franschoek where Hilko Hegewisch explained the history of the Western Cape in the Solms Delta Museum. During the wonderful dinner, Craig MacGillivray, CEO of Solms Delta, explained how the owners found 2000 year old relics
of farming in this area when renovating the buildings. They invested lots of money and paid special attention to detail to make the farm a unique jewel. They have succeeded in integrating the farm’s history and its people (owners and workers) into the new concept of hospitality present in its current restaurant and winery. During the dinner, participants shared their impressions with Consul General Hans-Werner Bussmann and his wife and made plans for cooperation with Rev. Stefan Hippler and Prof. Rosenkranz. Two additional guests, Eric Du Plessis, CEO of the Headway Group and Kai von Pannier from the Mineseeker Foundation, told the group about their development projects on coconut plantations in Mozambique where they are aiming to establish self-sustaining business (so called “aidfree” zones).

 

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HIV, AIDS and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and AIDS in Africa is often a challenge. Living in Africa has also its challenges. On the other hand I feel very much blessed having all the three. So you will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa and essential information and developments in the field of HIV and AIDS. And in between personal stories and thoughts. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me - blogs - "thinking loud" so to speak is a ways of communication and exchange of ideas.

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