Asked to elaborate last month (July), Mears said that within months of being appointed SABCOHA CEO in early 2004, he approached COSATU via the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), 'to explore whether there was an appetite for bilateral talks'.
Another irony is that SABCOHA and COSATU get on very well in the new South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), but there is nothing in the way of bilaterals outside this forum.
Quizzed on why business membership in the high-profile SABCOHA was so low, Mears said it was a reflection of a more widespread apathy, driven by the overwhelming nature of the pandemic and more particularly in business, fears of being drawn into a high-conflict political arena.
Woolworths is the only retail company to have joined SABCOHA.
For example, ABCT (Tanzania) and Standard Chartered Bank Tanzania are reaching out to SME banking customers, and Eskom and VW in South Africa are working with SABCOHA
(South Africa) to engage their supply chains.
In 2006 UNAIDS supported the strengthening of a toolkit developed by SABCOHA
to support micro, small and medium enterprises in responding to the challenge of AIDS in the workplace.