Manufacturers around the country have come out in support of World Aids Day, generally to complement their existing HIV/Aids programmes.

Manufacturers around the country have come out in support of World Aids Day, generally to complement their existing HIV/Aids programmes.

Nearly 2 000 BMW employees showed their commitment to HIV/AIDS by participating in a human Aids ribbon. The employees, from shop floor workers to directors, at the Rosslyn plant, turned up voluntarily for the event.

More than 85 per cent of the workforce have already taken part in the company's voluntary testing programme, which was started in 2002.

At Delta, employees gathered at the company's plant for a candle lighting ceremony to commemorate those who had succumbed to the disease and also to promote awareness.

Though it was business as usual at Ford, it did help the Tshwane Metro in its HIV/Aids efforts on the day by donating goods. Its employees are also encouraged to participate in the company's voluntary testing programme.

A Volkswagen representative said the marque did not have anything special lined up for the day. However, it too has an ongoing employee programme and through its community trust is involved with non-governmental organisations (NGO's) targeting HIV/Aids.

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