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Public Relations graduate sets sights on a PhD

6 December 2019

Story by Nthabiseng Tlaka A 25-year-old student with cerebral palsy has registered for a master’s degree in Public Relations, with a focus on disability studies. Simukele Mlondi Ngema graduated with a BTech in Public Relations from the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) in April. His current studies are around determining communication barriers facing students with...

Entrepreneurs equipped with business skills

6 December 2019

Story by Nthabiseng Tlaka Beyond Ability Talent Solutions facilitated a number of training sessions for entrepreneurs with disabilities in Johannesburg for a period of seven weeks in early 2019. The course content was aimed at equipping and preparing the entrepreneur for the real business world through gaining various skills such as vision casting, business compliance,...

Charity run for children with disabilities races on

6 December 2019

Story by Mpho Tjope The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) hosted its 9th annual Nappy Run™ campaign at the Johannesburg Zoo in November. This annual campaign not only brings awareness about the difficulties faced by children with disabilities not having nappies, largely from an affordability perspective, but also raises funds to...

Author lends a hand to overcome adversity

6 December 2019

Story by Nonhlanhla Bakasa Inspirational speaker and banker Zenzile Rens (35) has turned a tragedy that happened to him when he was only two months old into an autobiography titled From Adversity to Greatness. An accident left Rens with facial scarring and resulted in having his left hand amputated. Rens says he was bullied and...

#ICanBe, with albinism

5 December 2019

Story by Khumo Moyane The #ICanBe campaign is an initiative created by Mpho Tjope, a speaker, published author and albinism activist. He says he created the campaign “because high numbers of learners with albinism are dropping out of school and attempting suicide, and the fact that albinism was always portrayed from a negative narrative, like...

Obama African Leaders inspire schoolchildren in memory of Madiba

5 December 2019

Story by Mpho Tjope The Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa brought together 200 emerging leaders from 44 African countries in Johannesburg for an intensive leadership training and coaching programme by various expects and captains of industry, including former US president Barack Obama and former Minister of Finance, Trevor Manuel. The Obama Foundation selected the 200 young...

Gauteng teen flies SA flag high at Special Olympics

5 December 2019

Story by Nthabiseng Noqondo Tlaka A 17-year-old athlete from Hammanskraal, a township north of Pretoria, won medals at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games held in the United Arab Emirates, flying the South African flag high. Gopolang Mogale, who has an intellectual impairment, competed in the 200m and 100m where she scooped a silver...

2J Harmonix publishes poetry anthology

5 December 2019

Story by Nonhlanhla Bakasa A rap artist who’s performed at Africa’s biggest hip-hop Festival (Back to The City Festival) and at iStart2Sing Music and Arts Festival, has put his rhymes on paper, in order to reach a wider audience. Eersterust, Pretoria resident, Jonathan Groenewald (36), who is better known by his stage name, 2J Harmonix,...

Artscape CEO honoured for human rights activism

5 December 2019

Story by Benedict Leteane The Chief Executive officer of Artscape Theatre in Cape Town has been rewarded for being an advocate for human rights, inclusion and openness. Dr Marlene Le Roux was awarded the Fair Saturday Foundation Award in June in Spain. According to the Fair Saturday awards committee, the Artscape was chosen for its...

No handouts for this entrepreneur

5 December 2019

Story by Nonhlanhla Bakasa An entrepreneur based in Tembisa has decided to do whatever it takes to gain financial independence. Jappie Thulo (28) runs three types of businesses. “I am in transportation, the first being an Uber driver, the second one is a scholar shuttle and thirdly transporting people [for long distance trips]. I am also...

Scientist blazes trail of excellence

4 December 2019

Story by Benedict Leteane “For the first time in my life, I don’t have ambition; not that I don’t want a promotion.  I want to do my job. I feel settled. I feel calm, happy. I walk into the office, sit down at my PC and start working, happy and contented.” These are the words...

Shining a light on invisible disabilities

4 December 2019

Story by Nthabiseng Noqondo Tlaka The M2 Foundation for Chronic Illnesses hosted a breakfast event in Pretoria, to raise awareness about invisible disabilities, to advocate for rare and chronic illnesses, and to offer support to those directly affected. The event was dedicated to honouring endometriosis ‘warriors’ and educating the public on the condition.. The panel...

Embury College introduces SASL teacher training program

4 December 2019

Story by Mpho Tjope It was a cold Tuesday morning in Montana, Pretoria but the air inside the Embury Institute for Higher Education (Embury) was filled with warmth and excitement as students began orientation week for a new programme that offers a formal qualification in South African Sign Language (SASL).

Donation banishes illiteracy for visually impaired learners

3 December 2019

Story by Benedict Leteane  The pupils of a school for deaf, blind and visually impaired children have been saved from a fate of illiteracy, thanks to the donation of reading equipment by a non-profit organisation.  Fundi, which is a bursary fund administrator, donated R30 000 to Sibonile Primary School, in Kliprivier, Johannesburg to be invested in...

Wheelchair using choreographer rocks youth event

2 December 2019

By Benedict Leteane A 28-year-old wheelchair choreographer received a well-deserved standing ovation for an outstanding stage choreography at the 2019 Siyaphakama Youth Day celebration on June 15, at the Khayelitsha community hall in Cape Town. Choreographer Ncedo Bhongoza directed 15 young non-disabled persons between the ages of 12 and 18 on three acts: The Xhosa...

The challenges we face disable us, not that we are disabled

14 May 2019

By Mpho Tjope “Many of us were getting ready to make our voice heard by casting our votes on this cold Wednesday of May 8, because South Africa has 25 years of a democratic system where everyone can cast their votes regardless of colour, impairment, or even religion. I was too young to vote in...

Why I did not vote: Investment in youth and education will not be addressed by voting

14 May 2019

By Boitumelo Mainganya “I was born in an era of trends where every five years there is a vibe in and around the country. Believers of hope and change make their way to different voting stations hoping to bring change for tomorrow. I am more or less the same age as South Africa’s freedom which...

I cast my vote for the party that will bring change in South Africa

14 May 2019

By Zenzele Dlamini “Everything started slowly as I wasn’t sure whether I would be allowed to vote this year as I had not checked my registration details on time. However, I then posted on Facebook asking whether I could go and vote where I was registered for the 2014 elections. The answer I received was...

Why I did not vote: Politicians do not walk the talk

14 May 2019

By Benedict Leteane “I have very little expectations of elections mainly because of my lack of faith in the politicians. There’s no doubt that some of the candidates don’t deserve my vote. I voted for the first time in 2004.  I had no expectations at all.  This was something expected from me as a citizen of the...

My X is my voice!

14 May 2019

By Nthabiseng Tlaka Emilie Olifant, who lives in Fourways, registered to cast a special votes and she was pleased when her application was approved. She told ThisAbility that on May 6, an Independent Electoral Commission official called her to arrange for her to cast her special vote from the comfort of her home. “At 12:30,...

I voted for corruption to be eradicated, and for more employment for the youth

14 May 2019

By Khumo Moyane “My voting experience was rather annoying because wheelchair accessibility was a serious issue. I voted at Padisago Primary School in Soshanguve, which is close to where I stay. It was the second time I was voting at the school. What was different this time for me was my mental growth. I have...

Cycling to fund disposable nappies

8 March 2019

Story by Mpho Tjope This year’s Cape Town Cycle Tour takes place on Sunday, March 10. Among some 35 000 cyclists from around the world will be a 50-year-old paraplegic from Springbok in Northern Cape.

DSSA Hosts Self Advocacy Seminar

11 April 2018

In celebration of World Down Syndrome Month, Down Syndrome South Africa hosted the Self-Advocacy Symposium in early March 2018 for adults with Down syndrome. The seminar was aimed at raising the voices of young adults to help them advocate and bring awareness of their needs in society. The seminar encouraged interaction and voicing out concerns for the young adults...

Global Immigration

4 September 2017

View from a reader Recently I’ve been forced to confront a rather uncomfortable truth. While I watch friends excitedly make plans to build a life in another country, I am faced with the harsh truth there is no making plans for us. Firstly, it must be said that we are in no hurry to leave,...

Demystifying Disability

12 July 2017

“Your words made new things possible in my mind.” – Celeste, audience feedback. As an inspirational speaker, author and workshop facilitator Lois speaks openly about the reality of being blind and inspires her audiences 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...

Tracking the footprint of deafblind persons in SA

12 July 2017

Understanding Deafblindness 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....

New wave of therapy for amputees

12 July 2017

Virtual Reality (VR) is a term that we have all been hearing a lot about lately, but the true extent of this tool can go much deeper than just a gaming gadget. VR has been adopted by various major industries such as NASA for navigating robots on Mars, courtrooms for better 3D imagery to assist the jury...

Moroccan NGO Tackles Disability Services at World Economic Forum

16 May 2017

Rabat – International business, social, and political leaders are gathering May 3 to 5 in Durban, South Africa for the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017, including one Moroccan social entrepreneurship organization. Slaoui Amina, president of the organization Act, Make, Hope (AMH), has participated in one of the symposium’s sessions entitled “Rehabilitation services and products improving...

PanSALB Awards for Deaf Awareness

3 March 2017

Sign language interpreter, Natasha Parkins-Maliko and well known Deaf activist, Nenio Mbazima, recently got recognised for their efforts in South African Sign Language (SASL) advocacy at an event hosted by the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) in Cape Town. The PanSALB event capped the Language Activism month campaign aimed at encouraging South Africans to...

Making a Positive Awareness In The Media

28 February 2017

12 Actors with Disabilities The awareness of disabilities and long-term illnesses in the media has risen considerably in the last few years, where actors with disabilities are making a positive impact and landing key roles regardless of their disabilities. There’s an ongoing argument where non-disabled actors are playing disabled roles, even though real disabled actors are available,...

KZN Women in ICT to celebrate Women’s Week

24 February 2017

Wathinta Bafazi KZN Impumelelo Inclusive Women In ICT Global Research Institute will celebrate International Women’s week between the 6th and the 12th of March 2017 at the Inanda Impumelelo Disability Empowerment Multimedia Centre in Durban. The period will see the launching of the KZN Women Data Power 61 to mark the 61 anniversary of women’s march held back in...

What defines me?

24 February 2017

I am a 19 year old aspiring writer and an author of an unpublished book called “LATELA LITORO TSA HAO “from Itumeleng Special School, a school for learners with intellectual disabilities. My diagnosis is unknown to me; however, my mother told me that at birth I was put on a ventilation machine for three days as I could not breathe on...