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SATMA Nominee advocates for albinism

4 September 2017

Andile Ngcobo aka Dj MC Pholobas got a nod from the Zulu King and the first lady, Mrs Sizakele MaKhumalo-Zuma when he launched Masiqoqane Albinism Foundation in September 2016. King Zwelithini sent his son, Prince Mbonisi Zulu, to represent the Royal House – adding weight to the advocacy aspirations of the young visionary. Prince Mbonisi...

A take on Xenophobia

4 September 2017

Story by Vanda Joubert Touched by the unthinkable acts of xenophobia happening in South Africa, various dance groups have reached out to each other with the intention of breaking the borders between their countries, to connect and look at the future together. The collaboration, Breaking Boarders, starts with the question, “Who am I as an...

Restoring Dignity for Girl Learners

4 September 2017

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) staff under the leadership of Honourable Speaker Thandi Ruth Modise, who is the Chairperson of NCOP, contributed towards donating 200 sanitary towels to sixty girls at Dominican School for the Deaf in Wittebome on Mandela Day. This project was coordinated by Miss Bandisiwe Cabangana-Mnyanda, an NCOP official in partnership...

Understanding Deafblindness

4 September 2017

Deafblindness is a combination of visual and hearing impairment (dual sensory disability) in a person resulting in difficulty to access communication and information as well as mobility challenges. This causes barriers for social inclusion and to participate in community activities. Persons who are Deafblind often cannot utilize services available to persons with disabilities. Residential facilities...

Demystifying Disability

4 September 2017

As an inspirational speaker, author and workshop facilitator Lois speaks openly about the reality of being blind and inspires her audience to see their own lives in a different way, allowing them to reach beyond their challenges to success. Through her combination of practical techniques and entertaining and compelling storytelling, Lois’s audiences will: Gain deeper...

PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE COPYRIGHT AMENDMENT BILL

4 September 2017

The gift of empowering blind, visually impaired and otherwise print disable persons in South Africa This submission is made to endorse the written submission made on 30 June 2017 focusing particularly on Section 19D, exceptions and limitations for blind, visually impaired and other persons with print disability. The presentation concentrates on the impact of not...

Students with disabilities disadvantaged at higher education level

4 September 2017

By Marelise van der Merwe It has been widely reported that at school level, children with disabilities face serious barriers to accessing education. But at tertiary level the picture isn’t much better, with 80% of potential students with disabilities not attending a tertiary institution. It may be time to get a lot more creative in...

Disability Etiquette

4 September 2017

By Thuthula Sodumo Many people are not familiar with disability and this makes it hard for them to relate and interact with people with disabilities. Disability is not a one size fits all. Some disabilities are not visible – such as mental disabilities. It is an individual issue so when assisting someone you must always...

“I care about this centre”

4 September 2017

By Thabiso Molopo Gogo Emma Mbokane runs Zenzeleni Stimulation Centre in Siyabuswa B, Mpumalanga where they take care and teach 38 persons with disability from Monday to Friday. The centre, which Gogo started alone in 1997 at her house has 3 rooms at the moment; one for office use, the other for classes and the...

When disability makes you stronger

4 September 2017

By Sihle Khumalo “Never let your disability hold you back from achieving your goals” This is the view of Michael Proctor-Packer, who, on June 12, 1983, went to his part-time job at a Middelburg butchery in Mpumalanga to make some pocket money. Around 8am, he slipped and his right hand entered a mechanical mincing machine...

Quick meals for you!

4 September 2017

By Thabiso Molopo Access A Meal is a quick meal that was created by Guy Crankshaw to make sure that persons with disability who miss their meals will at least have something to eat on a daily basis. Guy, who himself is an amputee says he realised that many persons with disabilities who live independently...

Digital Media Training for blind students

4 September 2017

The KwaZulu Natal Blind and Deaf Society (KZNBDS) recently had twenty of their members undertake a digital media training course at their head office in Durban. The digital training is an initiative from Media24 under the platform called WeCan24 – a mobile based digital school and youth news network developed by Media24 helping youth to...

Dynamic role models speak out

12 July 2017

By Regina-Mary Ndlovu The three personalities featured here all have albinism and are breaking the silence of the struggles that persons with albinism are facing in our society- by raising awareness and campaigning to stop discrimination and the killing of persons with albinism. Based in Johannesburg and Pretoria, these stars share their stories, determination and...

Disability and Dating

12 July 2017

By Thuthula Sodumo It seems like every time someone asks me about dating they are not expecting me to say “Yes I am dating”. It shocks them every time and without tact from their side they will always ask, ”But how do you have sex?…What does your family say? Are they happy about it?? These questions go on...

TETA empowers Rivoni school for the blind in Limpopo

12 July 2017

The Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) sponsored Rivoni School for the Blind in Njhaka-Njhaka Village, in Limpopo Province, with a braille embosser machine. The recent official handover ceremony became a demonstration of talent, bravery and brilliance of the learners with their performances of gumboots dance, and traditional and classical choral music received by the audience with boisterous applause....

Able mothering for mothers with disability

12 July 2017

By Kgomotso Meso “Congratulations, you are pregnant!” Those words would bring joy to any woman whose hopes for raising a family had looked slim. Motherhood is one of the most selfless joys that God grant to women. However, it can be a Catch-22 for women with a disability in a society that still sees “disability” as taboo. Against the...

Making lemonade out of the lemons of adversity

12 July 2017

By Thabiso Molopo SKS Business Solutions is a construction company that offers services in civil works and access control. Based in Khanda Industrial Park, Roodepoort, the company employs 28 permanent staff and 50 casuals in three locations – Rustenburg in North West, Amersfoort in Mpumalanga and Roodepoort, Gauteng. The power behind SKS is founder and director, Siphiwe Zwane, who is...

App to assist in the fight against cancer

12 July 2017

Can you imagine if those fighting cancer could use their cell phones to help beat the disease? The possibility is closer than you think, but your help is needed to make it a reality. Cancer fighters could soon be armed with medically supported tools and content to help increase their survival rate, now that the prototype for...

OPINION: Being an invisible employee in the work place

12 July 2017

By Mncedisi Mdunyelwa During the past two decades, the situation of professionals with disabilities has changed. We have expanded our career aspirations. As blind people, for example, we are no longer confined to basket making, switchboard operating, music or law. We have seen the integration of people with visual impairment into different fields, such as social work, physiotherapy, education,...

eDEAF celebrates a decade of changing lives

12 July 2017

June 2017 marks a decade of success for eDEAF, a proudly Deaf led organisation that off ers training courses and learnership programs to empower Deaf communities for business. Established in 2007 by Nazereen Captieux-Bhana (a profoundly Deaf community role model) and Jesse Kotze (a hearing member of one of South Africa’s largest Deaf families), eDEAF made South African history...

Vega students beat the clock in design competition

12 July 2017

To bring out the best in budding design geniuses, the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) gave Vega students 12 hours to design its new logo in a Design Jam. The 77-year-old Council changed its name from the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa last year but a new name,...

Celebration at the crown gospel awards

12 July 2017

The Carnival City in Johannesburg recently hosted the Crown Gospel Blestival to commemorate 10 years of the Crown Gospel Awards. A variety of gospel acts praised and worshipped in a showcase that debuted the gospel theatrical play, Maria. One of the headlining acts was Sgwili Zuma, a gospel artist with albinism. THISABILITY met up with him for a recap...

SAB foundation offering assistance to the job market

11 July 2017

The SAB Foundation has formed a partnership with HeePD (Hub Employment Ecosystems for People with Disabilities), with a contribution of R2 100 000. Launched in February 2017, HeePD seeks to benefi t people with disabilities by creating a Hub ecosystem that provides employment, enterprise and innovation, including job prospects and placements for corporate partners. “HeePD came in to...

Wings for life world run raises millions for spinal injury research

11 May 2017

Centurion, 7 May 2017 – Thousands of South Africans took part in the fourth Wings for Life World Run in Pretoria contributing to over R100 million (€6.8 million) raised to help find a cure for spinal cord injury. A global movement uniting over 155,000 runners (25 organised locations and 86 app run locations) this year,...

Life after a spinal cord injury

11 May 2017

“Life after a spinal cord injury is like relearning, reliving and restarting your mind, body and soul. It is a road filled with tears, despondency, anger, regret and willpower. Everything changes; it’s not the fact that you are doing things sitting down or that it takes ten times the effort than before. Everything takes time. The...

Tsogo Sun Duke of Ed­inburgh Cup supports ECD

11 May 2017

Charity is at the he­art of the prestigious Tsogo Sun Duke of Edi­nburgh Cup golf tour­nament, representing the South African leg of the Duke of Ed­inburgh Cup, which is played annually in 10 countries with the global aim to enc­ourage sportsmanship. This year, in honour of the Cup, Tsogo Sun will be sponsoring the installation of...

Fit is the New It

11 May 2017

Fit is the New It is a fundraising event for Deaf women who are beneficiaries of the Deaf Women Economic Emancipation Program (DWEEP) which was launched in 2014 by the Tshepiso Mokoena Foundation. The main objective of the Women Economic Emancipation Program is to empower unemployed Deaf women and young women who aspire to become...

South Africa ranked one of Africa’s top entrepreneurial nations

11 May 2017

South Africa has been named one of sub-Saharan Africa’s entrepreneurial frontrunners, after a global report placed the country in second place, after African counterpart Botswana. According to the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of South Africa: A Strategy for Global Leadership Report, researched and produced by the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (GEDI) – a research organisation that...

Barkzz Foundation on #DonateAWheelchair Road trip

11 May 2017

By focusing on assisting individuals with disabilities not affiliated to organisations, Barkzz Foundation is using the #DonateAwheelchair to sensitize communities on access challenges. The campaign is a countrywide effort by founder, Lloyd Barkzz Babedi, who is using multimedia channels to get wheelchair donations to hand over to anyone in need. With the assistance of Nissan South Africa,...

Extensive social grants failing to end malnutrition – researchers say

11 May 2017

South Africa’s social protection system has expanded dramatically since 1994. Almost one-third of South Africans, and more than half of all households in some provinces, now receive at least one social grant from the state. The largest of these social assistance schemes is the Child Support Grant (CSG), which reachesmore than 11 million children –...

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) World Congress 2017

11 May 2017

More than 2,300 delegates from 77 countries packed into the Cape Town International Convention Centre for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) World Congress 2017. More than 155 internationally renowned experts presented at the annual event on a wide range of issues affecting women’s healthcare globally. The cutting edge scientific programme, which featured...

This One Group in Society Is Probably the Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

11 May 2017

We can easily picture how our lives are going to be affected by climate change: Extreme bouts of heat, rising sea levels and an increase in natural disasters are just some of the challenges we will face. Now imagine you’re disabled. If you’re able-bodied, that thought has probably never crossed your mind. The National Council...

Should adults with ADHD have caffeine?

11 May 2017

Caffeine is the most commonly consumed stimulant. It provides an increase in mental focus (we like to believe) – like the cup of coffee before work for a boost of alertness or to fight fatigue during the day. Caffeine affects everyone differently and conditions like ADHD may interact with caffeine. While the right amount of caffeine...

Mental Healthcare Integration Is Possible

11 May 2017

In the wake of the Life Esidimeni tragedy that saw more than 100 mentally ill patients lose their lives, World Health Day on 7 April 2017 was significant for the South African mental healthcare community with the year’s theme focussing on depression. The World Health Organization estimates that the total number of people living with...

Hope-Mandeville Disability Careers Expo

11 May 2017

The sixth annual occurrence of the popular Hope-Mandeville Disability Careers Expo took place at Hope School, Westcliff, Johannesburg, on 19 & 20 April 2017. A joint venture by Hope School and Mandeville Disability Swimming, the annual event’s focus is to help launch youngsters with disabilities into careers that are right for them [in jobs, learnerships...

UberASSIST pilots in CT for those with special access needs

11 May 2017

Accessibility should be available for all; everyone should have ways and means to navigate around their own city, but when one has special needs, getting from A to B can be far more challenging. That’s why Uber has launched a new pilot in Cape Town called uberASSIST. uberASSIST is a new option that caters for...

End Violence Against Children – Run Or Walk At The Zoo And Join The Global Movement

11 May 2017

World Vision South Africa will be hosting its first ever It Takes a World to End Violence Against Children 5.5km Run/Walk at the Johannesburg Zoo on Saturday, 13 May 2017. Starting at 7:30am, the run or walk is open to the entire family, with all proceeds going towards the protection of vulnerable children across the country – entry fees...

Class of 2017: Reflections

11 May 2017

Thuthula Sodumo “I have always thought I knew everything there is about disability. I thought I was the strongest person I know but after the 27th April 2017, I am forever changed and more than convinced that life is made of little miracles that visit us at certain points in our lives and usually these...

Department of Justice launches National Dialogue to address Gender-based and Sexual Violence in South Africa

11 May 2017

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) supports the launch of an integrated and comprehensive National Dialogue by the South African Department of Justice and Constitutional Development with key stakeholders in an effort to address Gender-Based and Sexual Violence in the country. The development comes after a roundtable discussion held on the 1 March 2017,...

A step in the right direction

11 May 2017

Moving Into Dance Mophatong (MID) has taken a step towards inclusivity in the arts by creating a specialised contemporary dance programme annually in their studios in Newtown, Johannesburg running from October to December. The programme aims to bridge the gap between able bodied people and persons with disabilities who have a passion for dancing. The programme...

Media24 and THISABILITY Build Future Skills Together

11 May 2017

The Media24-THISABILITY Newspaper Skills Programme is in its second year running. The aim is to attract different voices from across South Africa, equip the voices with basic journalism skills from media trainers, Frayintermedia. The project, kindly sponsored by Media24, is managed by Lizeka Mda, a media practitioner with vast experience spanning over 30 years. Each year,...

Shock at the death of 94 mental health patients

27 February 2017

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, is shocked and horrified at the death of 94 mental health patients in Gauteng and calls for immediate action to protect persons with mental disabilities under South African and international law. The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria is shocked and...

Savings in mental health care costs lives

24 February 2017

With 94+ patients dead and more displaced, the Health Ombudsman calls for justice. The release of the Health Ombudsman, Professor Makgoba’s report into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of mentally ill patients in the Gauteng province has triggered an outcry. Attention has been focused on the horrific treatment of mentally ill patients after the closure of...

#OperationRehab offers hope to 1,000 disabled South Africans

24 February 2017

In South Africa, a company’s CSR initiative is offering hope to thousands of people living with disabilities. According to a Statistics South Africa report based on the last census, over 2.8 million people have some form of disability in South Africa alone and around 600,000 are listed as severely disabled. The first beneficiary of #OperationRehab has returned to South Africa with...

Anti-malaria pesticides causing congenital disabilities

23 February 2017

Research by the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC) has discovered that conventional methods for controlling malaria (DDT and other common insecticides) leads to endocrine disruption, which means that it interferes with hormones in the human body. Worldwide, the use of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, of DDT is controversial. “DDT is known to potentially cause health...