Once we leave the local area and walk into the town centre, taxi drivers keep approaching us. Rolande tells me it is unusual for white people to be on foot. It is busy and we see lots of shops with open fronts and a market. I was surprised to see a big Woolworths store. This isn't the scenic area near the ocean. I end up sweating and we decide to get a taxi to the ICC which is just over 2 miles away. These taxis are people carriers and it costs R5 each which is just 25p.
Once there we got to the Global Village and sit down in the eating area. Rolande has a beer and I have a hot water.
We go to the Global Village session room 1 for 3.30pm for our first conference session. This is meeting the NGO delegation for the UNAIDS Programme. 5 members in total. We sit at the front. They are all nice people but alas our host speaks too fast and too quietly and we and most other delegates can't understand him which is a shame.
They tell us that UNAIDS is about global policy setting on HIV, it is not a funding body. Each of the NGO reps are HIV+. They tell us about a report on sexual reproduction rights which is on the UNAIDS website.
Back at the Global Village its time to sample the local cuisine. We take our time and Rolande ends up eating a chicken pitta wrap for lunch but since I arrived in Durban I have been curious about this:
I get over this by taking a selfie in my red ribbon t-shirt.
Rumour has it that Prince Harry is appearing at this conference. That would really be something but I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere official and not in the programme. Anyway we head to the ICC for the plenary event of the day, to session room 1 which the size of a stadium. We can't get any closer than half way along. Although billed as starting at 7.30pm it starts late at 7.50pm. Mandela's grandson is up first followed by Charlize Theron who gives a heartfelt and empassioned speech about how HIV doesn't discriminate.She was awesome and the audience and south africans clearly love her. She was cheered after every sentence and got a standing ovation. Quite a few technical faults but nobody cared about this.
South Africans don't need much of a reason to get up and dance and this is what the do near the beginning of this even which seemed at the mercy of technology.
Desmond Tutu was meant to be here but he made a video speech instead which was shown.