Talk to Address AIDS Toll on South African Business

Sept. 12, 2008

About 30 percent of South Africa’s workforce was HIV-positive by 2008. The leading cause of death in Africa, HIV/AIDS has changed the demographic, social and economic landscape of the country.

Rudrik du Bruyn, a senior lecturer in the Department of Auditing at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, will speak at UT Dallas about the disease’s devastating impact on South Africa – the country with the highest number of people living with AIDS in the world.

Hosted by the UT Dallas School of Management’s Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP) program, the event will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Davidson Auditorium, Room 1.118, in the School of Management building on the UT Dallas campus.

Du Bruyn’s presentation will address the impact of AIDS on companies operating in South Africa and their responses to the risks posed by the disease. He will also highlight many of the sometimes controversial issues associated with disease in South Africa.

South African companies are becoming increasingly aware of the serious threat AIDS is posing to productivity and profitability. To survive the disease’s impact, Bruyn says, businesses need to address increased labor costs, changes in consumer spending and changes in the economic and social environment in which South African companies operate.

Du Bruyn has taught accounting and internal auditing at the University of Pretoria for 10 years. Since 2005, he has been teaching as a senior lecturer with a focus on professional post-graduate programs for the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditor’s IAEP. He has also served as the study leader on a three-year research project on HIV/AIDS and the South African business environment and is currently co-leader on a dissertation on sampling methods for internal auditors.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call Mark Salamasick, director of the IAEP at 972-883-4729.


Media contact: Jill Glass, UT Dallas, ( 972) 883-5989, jill.glass@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu

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