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2013-10-24 09:12
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Johannesburg - Gospel and RnB musician Loyiso Bala has been appointed as the national goodwill ambassador for the joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids), the organisation said on Wednesday.

UNAids said Bala would use the position to speak out about the stigma and discrimination suffered by HIV-infected people and on gender inequality and gender-based violence.

UNAids co-ordinator Catherine Sozi said it was delighted to welcome him.

"He has a powerful role to play in helping us highlight critical issues in the HIV response," she said.

'I believe passionately in young people'

Sozi said there was still a lot to be done to achieve the goal of reducing the disease by 2015.

Bala would play a role in inspiring youth to test for HIV and to live productive lives.

Bala was positive about his duties.

"I believe passionately in young people and making a difference in their lives. This new partnership with UNAids provides me with a way to speak to them about issues which affect them," he said.

"I am where I am today because of the guidance I received from people who loved me and guided me as a young person. I hope I can provide the same inspiration to my audience."

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