July 29 - The actress returns to her home of South Africa to discuss the country's fight against the HIV and AIDS epidemic. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
STORY: Actress and UN Messenger for Peace Charlize Theron and South African President Jacob Zuma met on Monday (July 29) to discuss the country's fight against HIV and AIDS epidemic. During their meeting in Pretoria, Zuma and the South African-born Hollywood actress said they explored methods that could assist to improve the struggle against HIV and AIDS in South Africa and across the continent and limit its negative impact, particularly on young girls. The Academy Awards winner pledged to use her civil organization, 'Africa Outreach Project' to the support South African government in its efforts to enable young women and girls to live healthy, HIV-free lives. "To all the young people in this country, we are all here to support you. You are the future of this country and I am asking you to seize the opportunities that you have to do everything in your ability to lead healthy and empowered lives. I can promise you that we will be here and we will continue to support you to keep yourselves and your peers safe from HIV," said Theron. In February, Theron was awarded the Cinema for Peace Honorary Award in Germany for her commitment to projects aimed at the prevention of AIDS/HIV in her home country. The 37-year-old who, along with keeping up her acting schedule, is a UN peace ambassador carrying out humanitarian work through her foundation, 'Africa Outreach Project,' which the actress set up to fight against the spread of AIDS and HIV and work on prevention through education and awareness. In 2011 UNAIDS estimated more than 300,000 people in South Africa alone die of AIDS every year, and an estimated 5.6 million are infected with HIV or AIDS.