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APPLICATIONS FOR THE SAB FOUNDATION’S 2021 SOCIAL INNOVATION AND DISABILITY EMPOWERMENT AWARDS ARE OPEN

26 Feb 2021

Applications for the 11th annual SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards and 6th annual Disability Empowerment Awards are open for entry and eligible entrepreneurs are strongly encouraged to apply. Through the awards, the SAB Foundation aims to empower innovative thinkers to develop products and services that help the country’s most vulnerable communities. Prizes range from between R200 000 and...

Daveyton artist keeps people with disability busy through art

25 Feb 2021

By Penelope Masilela The Daveyton resident is also part of the Imbumba Art room based at the Rhoo Hlatshwayo Community Art Centre in the area. Board member of Elethu Cheshire Home in Daveyton and artist Michael Maqungo is sharing his passion for art with the residents at the home. Michael draws alphabets and numbers, which...

Free dance classes for the disabled

17 Feb 2021

Danica Hansen The class welcomes people who are wheelchair users to join the weekly lessons, which kicked off on 16 February. The Wentworth Arts and Culture Organisation hosts Dance Movement, a project which offers hip hop and contemporary dance classes to people living disabilities. The class welcomes people who are wheelchair users to join the...

Sassa to renew temporary disability grants by March 31

17 Feb 2021

By Simukele Ngema A 25-year-old woman from Tembisa township, near Kempton Park, Gauteng is one of the over 200 000 recipients who was affected when the temporary disability grants lapsed in December 2020. The SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) had extended the temporary disability grants beyond the period for which they were approved — from February to...

Rhulani Baloyi talks about how visually impaired people cope with lockdown

9 Feb 2021

By Zanele Zama The TV presenter says they try to adapt and sometimes explain to law enforcement officers why they can’t do certain things. South Africa’s national coronavirus command council met again this week to discuss the country’s Covid-19 management strategy. The meeting came as the rate of infections has been on a steady decline...

ONLINE SUNDANCE OPENS TO VIRTUAL OVATION FOR DEAF DRAMA

9 Feb 2021

Taking its title from an acronym for child of deaf adult, ‘CODA’ follows high-school teen Ruby as she juggles her musical ambitions with her fisherman family’s dependence on her to communicate with the “hearing” world. LOS ANGELES – The Sundance Film Festival, forced online this year by the pandemic, quietly opened to a virtual “standing...

NMU, UKZN engineers design robotic prosthetic hand

9 Feb 2021

By Lerato Fekisi Gone are the days when mechanical engineering only focus on planes, trains and automobiles. A new generation of engineers from the Nelson Mandela University and their counterparts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal are changing the lives of amputees. They designed a robotic prosthetic hand to perform day-to-day functions. Detecting electrical signals from...

Call to prioritise people with disabilities during Phase 2 of Covid-19 vaccine rollout

9 Feb 2021

By Shakirah Thebus Cape Town – Disability rights and advocacy groups have raised several concerns over the Covid-19 vaccine rollout and nationwide strategy, particularly for persons with disabilities. Epilepsy SA Western Cape Director Wendy Nefdt said there are many concerns related to the nationwide vaccine rollout, with the most challenging being the possible side effects...

Blind SA: Open the doors of learning for the blind

30 Jan 2021

By Nkhensani Hlungwani Blind SA has called on the Department of Basic Education (DBE) together with the provincial departments of education to provide blind and partially sighted pupils and teachers with information in braille format. In a media release posted on its website as part of celebrating Braille Awareness Day on January 4, the organisation...

Competition showcases accessibility in tourism

2 Jan 2021

By Lebohang Monyatsi The winners of the Universal Accessibility Hub (UA Hub) photo and video competition were announced on December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), at the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town. Karin Coetzee won the best photo competition while Russell Vollmer won for the best video. Coetzee’s photo was of...

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