2004 The government launches treatment programme
2005 Service points are established in South Africa, meeting the government's target
2006 Former Deputy President Jacob Zuma is tried for raping an HIV+ woman and claims he protected himself by taking a shower afterwards
  South Africa's display of vegetables at the Toronto International AIDS conference
2007 Deputy Minister of Health Nozizwe Madlala Routledge is dismissed for her mainstream beleifs about HIV/AIDS which are in conflict with the Minister of health and the President
2008 President Mbeki resigns, after losing ANC support
  Health Minister Manto Tshabalals is replaced by Minister Barbara Hogan
2009 Jacob Zuma is elected as the president of the Republic of South Africa