INANDA in Durban has been identified as the kasi with a high number of HIV infections, rape and abortions.

In an attempt to raise awareness, Miss South Africa Shudufhadzo Musida and eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda unveiled a campaign to fight new HIV infections and gender-based violence.

They launched the Dreams Programme, aimed at reducing the rate of new infections, particularly in adolescents and young women.

During the launch, Shudufhadzo motivated and empowered young women, telling them to love and put themselves first.

“You have to show up. Don’t forget to show up for yourself.

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“While we’re taking on this health fight, it’s important to love and put yourself first. I know you will protect yourself,” she said.

Kaunda told Daily Sun the campaign was national.

“We decided to launch the campaign in Inanda because scientific proof showed that Inanda and Durban had high numbers of new HIV infections.

“This is an educational campaign aimed at raising awareness on HIV, gender-based violence, teenage pregnancy and other social ills.

“We came with a mobile clinic to make things easier for young women.”

Pupil Balungile Masondo from Amawoti, Durban, said she was relieved the campaign came to her kasi.

“To be honest, Amawoti or Inanda as a whole is not a good place to stay in as it has many challenges. We live in fear because we’re scared we might get raped.

“I hope that launching this campaign will change people’s mindsets. I’m also happy that I finally saw Miss South.”