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Challenges of being deaf in a pandemic

8 Aug 2020

By Keagan Mitchell IMAGINE not being able to communicate with others when going to work, school or the shops? This is the situation for many deaf people who rely solely on lip reading for understanding. Right now, wearing a face masks is a must during the Covid-19 pandemic and this presents a challenge for people...

TETA Adopt-A-School COVID-19 Drive Lands at Vuleka School for the Deaf

7 Aug 2020

As part of its drive to assist 57 adopted schools across the country, Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) delivered personal protective equipment to Vuleka School for the Deaf on 5 August 2020. The Department of Basic Education in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) joined the CEO of TETA Maphefo Anno-Frempong’s visit to Vuleka School for the Deaf...

Angie Motshekga must give guidelines for disabilities

7 Aug 2020

By Zelder Venter Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is compelled to put guidelines in place to ensure the safety and well-being of learners with disabilities during the ongoing pandemic. The Gauteng High Court, Pretoria this week ordered the minister to amend the department’s directions and draft guidelines within three weeks to provide, among other things,...

You can’t claim disability if you’re forced to stay at home

7 Aug 2020

BY LAURA DU PREEZ No-work-no-pay principle doesn’t mean you are disabled and can no longer work You can only claim for a disability benefit if Covid-19 leaves you disabled as defined by your policy. Vulnerable employees who have been forced to stay at home and are unable to work are not likely to be able...

Diabetes telemedicine attracts local investment as COVID-19 surges

30 Jul 2020

COVID-19 is a serious risk for the estimated 4.6 million people with diabetes in South Africa as high blood sugar levels increase the mortality risk posed by the pandemic. Digital healthcare solutions are emerging as effective tools for safe, remote condition management and one local company has attracted investment to take on the challenge. “COVID-19...

When Disabilities And Inequality Meet In A Pandemic

23 Jul 2020

What happens to the poor during self quarantine? And what happens to the disabled who don’t have support? What happens when you are both? Makgosi Letimile asks.   I am a disabled woman, I have been fortunate to afford living in an accessible home and even then the accessibility is limited because I can’t take a...

SPAR LAUNCHES SOUTH AFRICA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL VIRTUAL CHALLENGE

22 Jul 2020

SPAR is aiming to put some sunshine back in your life during these challenging times with the SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge. 2020 has been a strange year, as the world struggles to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. In South Africa, large gatherings have been banned until further notice, resulting in the cancellation of the six city...

SAFMH USING CONTACTLESS METHODS TO RAISE AWARENESS ON PSYCHOSOCIAL DISABILITY

22 Jul 2020

Psychosocial Disability Awareness Month (PDAM) is celebrated every year in July. This year, PDAM comes at a challenging time when the world’s attention is on the COVID-19 pandemic. The impacts of this global emergency have affected how people live their lives, how industries function and the economic outlook of countries. The virus, which swiftly spread...

Over 400 Doctors to Assist With Disability Grant Applications

15 Jul 2020

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has appointed 465 doctors around the country to assist with the assessment of grant applications by people with disabilities. Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu made the announcement during a media briefing at the Union Buildings on Monday on government’s further plans to combat the spread of COVID-19 in...

COVID-19 vaccine trial in South Africa: everything you need to know

11 Jul 2020

There isn’t enough clinical research being done in Africa. Less than 2.5% of all clinical trials in the world are done on the continent. This is why South Africa’s involvement in one of the COVID-19 vaccine trials is so important. The country’s effort is being led by Professor Shabir Madhi. The Conversation Africa’s health and...

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