CAPRISA engages with traditional leadership

20 April 2022

iNkosi Zondi, newly appointed head of the Inadi ward of Vulindlela, in KwaZulu-Natal visited CAPRISA Vulindlela Research Clinic on 8 April to gain insight on various key research studies conducted at the Site.

Mr Patrick Mdletshe, CAPRISA Head of Community Programme led the proceedings. In his welcome address, he thanked the Inadi Tribal Authority Leadership for their support and participation in CAPRISA’s research and highlighted the importance of working together with the community - taking science to the community and involving the community in research. Dr Disebo Potloane, Vulindlela Research Clinic Site Director, Drs Jansen van Vuuren and Mlungisi Khanyile Research Clinicians at the Site provided an overview of CAPRISA’s scientific research programmes.  

“aMakhosi have a very important role to play in the development of society and CAPRISA is honoured by your presence Ndabezitha (Great One)”, Mdletshe said. 

iNkosi Zondi was accompanied by iziNduna, iziNyosi (Poets), members and amaNadi Royal House. “I would like to congratulate CAPRISA on what the
have done for this community and hope that the research is successful and changes lives of many people around the world, “he said.

The Traditional leaders also engaged with researchers on HIV Prevention studies that are underway at the research clinic in Vulindlela.

Photo: Front row(L-R): Nduna Magwaza; Dr Disebo Potloane, Vulindlela Research Clinic Site Director; Nkosi Zondi, Head of the Inadi ward of Vulindlela; Dr Mlungisi Khanyile, CAPRISA Research Clinician; Mr Patrick Mdletshe, CAPRISA Head of Community Programme; Nduna Hadebe; and Mr Nkosana Zondi
Back row (L-R): Undunankulu Magubane