Infographic: HIV and Aids in South Africa 1990 to 2016

In the West the peak of the Aids epidemic was in 1985. But HIV and Aids hit South Africa only in the 1990s, just as we were starting to build a new society out of the ruins of apartheid. Here, the epidemic peaked in 2006.

Infographic of six graphs showing trends in HIV/Aids indicators in South Africa from 1990 to 2016, during the terms of five different presidents: FW de Klerk, Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma. The six indicators are life expectancy, child mortality, HIV-positive population, children living with HIV, Aids-related deaths and antiretroviral therapy coverage of the HIV-positive population.

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The presidents

  • FW de Klerk was apartheid South Africa’s last State President. He held office from 15 August 1989 to 10 May 1994.
  • Nelson Mandela was democratic South Africa’s first President. He held office from 10 May 1994 to 14 June 1999.
  • Thabo Mbeki was democratic South Africa’s second President. He held office from 14 June 1999 to 24 September 2008.
  • Kgalema Motlanthe was democratic South Africa’s third President. He held office from 25 September 2008 to 9 May 2009.
  • Jacob Zuma was democratic South Africa’s fourth President. He held office from 9 May 2009 to 14 February 2018.
  • Cyril Ramaphosa is democratic South Africa’s fifth President. He took office on 15 February 2018.

Written, researched and designed by Mary Alexander
Updated 14 October 2019

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