Cape Chamber Of Commerce: Cost of treating HIV could get worse

Written by on 25 October, 2019

By: Lethiwe Mdluli


The Cape Chamber of Commerce says the cost of treating all the 7.9 million people living with HIV in South Africa has become a problem that could soon be a bigger financial burden than the Eskom disaster.

It says it costs R3899 to treat each patient for a year and if all are treated the total bill would be 30.8 billion Rands.

Eskom’s total earnings before tax, interest and depreciation amount to 32 billion Rands a year.

The chamber’s president, Geoff Jacobs, says the big battle is to stop new infections.

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