Zinhle "Zinny" Thabethe

  • Humanitarian & Musician

Zinhle Thabethe has stood as a symbol of the strength, determination, and luck required to survive the AIDS epidemic currently ravaging Africa. Unable to acquire the medication she needed to battle a case of acute meningitis, she lay sick in bed for... More

Zinhle Thabethe has stood as a symbol of the strength, determination, and luck required to survive the AIDS epidemic currently ravaging Africa. Unable to acquire the medication she needed to battle a case of acute meningitis, she lay sick in bed for months facing the prospect of her own death. But Zinhle began a new journey when a stranger appeared at her home and carried her to a nearby HIV clinic. She was chosen as one of 90 fortunate patients who received the necessary medication to battle her illness. She has educated herself and fought poverty, all while facing the death, discrimination, illness, and loss associated with HIV and AIDS. Today she uses her voice to speak out for other victims. She not only speaks about the epidemic, but also sings with the Siphithemba Choir, made up of 30 HIV-positive South Africans, to spread her message and raise money for the cause. “I used to think, why me? Why did I have to be infected with this HIV?” Zinhle says. “Now I think, why do I get to live while others next to me are dying without these drugs?”

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Zinhle "Zinny" Thabethe's Presentations

Poptech 2006 October 2006

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Survival and family: Zinhle Thabethe has faced the prospect of her own death. Her personal stories about survival and family loss reflect a nation’s epidemic in a sobering and inspirational wake-up call.

Survival and family: Zinhle Thabethe has faced the prospect of her own death. Her personal stories about survival and family loss reflect a nation’s epidemic in a sobering and inspirational wake-up call.

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