Published in AIDS Weekly, September 9th, 2002
The announcement made De Beers the latest major business in southern Africa to offer its employees medicine to fight the devastating pandemic.
"This is essentially a strong humanitarian and moral statement by this company," managing director Gary Ralfe told reporters.
The offer was necessary because of the South African government's attitude toward the disease "that at best is ambivalent" and at worst is "pusillanimous," Ralfe said.
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