"By 2030, people caught in the heat of the epidemic (in the 1990s and 2000s) will have died, and this information will then be (even more) useful to students, researchers and academics," he explained. On 25 March, the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding, allowing UCT to house the archives as part of its broader commitment to developing archival resources on HIV/AIDS.

Most of the footage was shot during the production of Siyayinqoba Beat It, a television show for people living with HIV/AIDS, their support networks, and health workers. The value of the archive has been recognised by UNAIDS, who provided the funds for CHMT to establish an online database. Three hundred hours of footage were created in 2008, and the project is set to continue for four years.

Further information about CHMT can be found on its website. (Text by Myolisi Gophe - UCT Newsroom)