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PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FACING TOUGH TIMES – UN CALLS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO BE AT CENTRE OF RESPONSE

25 May 2020

By Kingsley Ighobor. Africa Renewal – Bankole Labody Oyou, a 24-year-old mass communications student in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, was born blind. He always relies on a family member or friend to get around the city and to class at Fourah Bay College, which is perched on Mount Aureol in central Freetown. He says that...

Measures in place to help people with disabilities amid Covid-19 pandemic, says Nkoana-Mashabane

25 May 2020

  By Sesona Ngqakamba Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says specific measures are in place to consider the universal design and reasonable accommodation on screening, testing and quarantine sites to be accessible to the disabled. She was speaking during a webinar hosted by the department on Friday, which focused on upholding...

Disabled Alliance slams dept, Nkoana-Mashabane as ‘out of touch’

25 May 2020

By Sipho Mabena The department’s disability unit was staffed by only three people, while the minister announced that people with disabilities should receive food parcels, but this was not happening.

Life under lockdown for people with disabilities

22 May 2020

By Biénne Huisman for SPOTLIGHT Covid-19 and South Africa’s lockdown have impacted the lives of people with disabilities in ways that may not be immediately obvious. Biénne Huisman spoke to three people with different disabilities about how their lives have changed.

Over 15 000 farmers approved for COVID-19 fund

19 May 2020

More than 15 000 small-scale farmers have been approved for the COVID-19 Agricultural Disaster Fund, says Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Thoko Didiza. The Minister briefed the media on the outcome of the Agricultural Disaster Fund application process on Sunday. Didiza said that 55 155 applications were received from smallholder and communal farmers,...

Over R500m in funding for farmers approved so far

18 May 2020

By Melitta Ngalonkulu But three of every 10 applications were turned down due to a lack of proper documentation or incorrect filing. Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza announced in a briefing on Sunday that 15 036 applications have been approved for the R1.2 billion Covid-19 Agricultural Disaster Fund. Those not...

Somalia’s COVID-19 Response: More needed for persons with disabilities during pandemic

18 May 2020

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had tremendous impact on all areas of Somali society, with no group left unaffected.

Deciding whose lives really matter in a pandemic

18 May 2020

BY Vic McKinney  Emma McKinney  Leslie Swartz In a recent article for The Conversation, Professor Keymanthri Moodley from the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law at Stellenbosch University notes that healthcare workers will have an unenviable responsibility to make difficult and “soul-wrenching decisions” regarding prioritising who will have access to ventilators as the Covid-19 pandemic takes hold.  It...

Coronavirus could revolutionize work opportunities for people with disabilities

18 May 2020

Working from home has become the “new normal” for many of us during the COVID-19 pandemic. While this clearly has its downsides, one group in particular may benefit a great deal: people with disabilities.

Community based workers can help disabled people access services during COVID-19

18 May 2020

People with disabilities face stigma because of their impairments. They are often marginalised, more so if they have psycho-social disabilities. This makes it difficult for them to access basic services such as healthcare. But community based workers have specialised skills and experience working at a household and community level. They are able to identify, screen and support vulnerable...

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