Joy has been instrumental in preparing its employees for HIV testing. As envisioned by the Code of Good Practice on Preparation, implementation and monitoring of Employment Equity Plans. Consultation took place between all relevant stakeholders at several meetings. The meetings also dealt with the benefits associated with knowing the prevalence of HIV within the company in order to face the crisis rather than being unprepared for it. The first meeting took place on 21 August 2001, at which Dr Clive Evian of the AIDS Management & Support Company, held a presentation covering, inter alia, the benefits of knowing the prevalence of HIV within the company. The presentation was attended by all shop stewards, all Human Resources staff, the factory director, as well as Mr Johan Maritz, as the senior management representative. The meetings also dealt with the benefits associated with knowing the prevalence of HIV within the company in order to face the crisis rather than being unprepared.
The shop stewards reported to the Human Resources department on 9 November 2001 that their members supported the survey. The only concern raised by the unions was that there would be pressure within departments to participate in the survey. The applicant addressed this concern by stating that the employees could either participate as they came on site or in the clinics situated on-site. This would prevent anyone being able to ascertain whether a specific employee has participated in the survey or not.
Subsequently further presentations were held during working hours to inform all employees of the survey as well as the reasons for the survey. These presentations were held at the Steeldale and Wadeville plants on 21 September 2001. All employees were encouraged to attend these presentations.
In order to further inform all non-unionised employees of the survey and to ascertain their support Joy Mining attached a memo to all employees payslips during the week of 9 October 2001. 45% of employees handed in their letters detailing whether or not they were in favour of the survey. 98% of those who responded were in favour of the survey.