UKZN’s Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking (HIVAN) recently rebranded as info4africa introduced their new revamped look along with a new logo at an event held at The Priority Zone in Durban. 

The launch was attended by representatives from a wide range of organisations including community initiatives, funders and partners. 

HIVAN boasts a long history of working in the field of HIV, AIDS and TB and has already built a country-wide database of more than 12 000 support service providers. They disseminate the database through a hard copy directory series in which 20 000 directories are distributed annually, assisting service providers in all sectors.  Info4africa also engages in a variety of face-to-face networking activities including forums, workshops and training.

According to the Director for info4africa, Mrs Debbie Heustice, HIVAN’s focus has expanded and matured with these changes such that their database, wider networking and capacity building activities now broadly reflect service provision in health, wellbeing and development in South Africa.

‘With this broadening of focus we felt it was time to change our name to one that more fully conveys the scope of our products, activities and expertise. Through a consultative process with our partner organisations and our staff, we are now very pleased and proud to announce our new name and tag line,’ said Heustice.  

She added that the new brand ‘speaks to our history and gives us a broader stage on which to engage with all stakeholders in the years to come.’

The info4africa team decided to link the launch of their new look with their community initiative partnership with the eThekwini Municipality. This initiative focuses on creating Zulu hot pots, designed by Umcebo Design.

The proceeds of the sale of the pots would be channelled back to the crafters’ community, as the Ubunye Co-Operative is a community upliftment project based in Mzimela.

Info4Africa’s database is available in  directories for each Province (Series 6 in production); on mobile phones -  call *130*448# (free call except on Vodacom whose users must dial *120*448); SMS 45080; at; or at 

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