Nozuko

A series of HIV-related stories were produced for the Natal Witness about Nozuko Ngcaweni, HIV activist from Umzimkulu. Documentation of Ms. Ngcaweni has covered over eight years of her experience in dealing with HIV. Her positive attitude has provided inspiration to many other affected by HIV.

1999 Nonzuko Ngcaweni, mother of two, learns she and her daughter Nqobile have HIV.
Nozuko loses a baby she had with her partner to unknown causes six weeks after birth. Nozuko becomes very ill herself from TB and pneumonia and has a long recovery in hospital.
Following her recovery Nozuko builds a career around her HIV activism, discovering her skills in public speaking and HIV counselling. Her positive attitude provides inspiration to others affected by HIV.
Nozuko's daughter Nqobile is troubled by chronic respiratory infections and many of Nozuko’s friends die.
For several years Nozuko remains healthy enough to  continue with her work. In 2002 a stranger who heard Nozuko on the radio gifted her with antiretroviral medications before they were made available in public health systems.
In April 2006 a trip was organised to the United States for Nozuko Ngcaweni to participate in the opening of an exhibition of South African photographs at Texas State University.
Nozuko and Lawrence met  through HIV activism. They were married in 2007 and have established a relatively normal life together.


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