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Awards for excellent performance in mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS on the workplace are often handed out to large, well-resourced companies in South Africa. On the other hand, small- and medium-sized companies are often castigated for their relatively poor performance and capacity in such efforts. This study provides an in-depth analysis of the opportunities and constraints faced by six small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in managing the burden of HIV/AIDS within their companies.

It focuses on the complexity of HIV risk dynamics, as well as the challenges of implementing effective HIV/AIDS intervention programmes, and highlights achievements despite resource constraints. Through qualitative research techniques, the study reflects not only the views and opinions of management, but also the experiences of ordinary employees as participants in HIV/AIDS interventions.

The report will be especially useful to company HIV/ AIDS programme coordinators, who are often expected to implement what is regarded as HIV/AIDS 'best practice', even though these are often not part of standard business practice.

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Format : 210mm x 280mm
Pages : 108
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2161-X
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2161-1
Publish Year : 2006

Tables and Figures

1. Background to the study

2.Literature review

3. Case study 1: Autoliv Southern Africa (PTY) LTD

4. Case study 2:Osborn Engineered Products SA(PTY) LTD

5. Case study 3: BIC South Africa (PTY) LTD

6. Case study 4: Secoroc (PTY) LTD

7. Case study 5: Rand Air (PTY) LTD

8. Case study 6. Energy Automotive System
9. Discussion of Research Findings


Jocelyn Vass is a senior research specialist in the Education, Science and Skills Development research programme of the HSRC. Before joining the HSRC, Vass was a trade unionist, and co-ordinated school-to-work transition programmes for historically disadvantaged learners. She was also the local project co-ordinator of the Mesebetsi Labour Force Survey.

Timothy Sizwe Phakathi is presently a commonwealth scholar and a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. He was previously a Senior Researcher in the Employment and Economic Policy research (EEPR) programme at the HSRC.

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