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Sowetan dreams of starting sports academy for women

18 Dec 2020

By Samantha Malebana   A multi–award–winning athlete from Dobsonville, Soweto aims to empower, encourage and raise awareness in order to ensure that people with disabilities are given equal opportunities and recognised as contributing members of the society.   Masego Mokhine (34) is a wheelchair basketball player and rower born with congenital malformation. Her left leg is shorter than her right leg and she only has three fingers on her right hand.   Mokhine started participating in sport at the...

COVID-19-related lockdown takes toll on young peoples’ mental health

14 Dec 2020

A new University of Cape Town (UCT) study into the emotional well-being of young people during the COVID-19-related lockdown in South Africa has revealed that majority are suffering from depression. In South Africa, more than seven million young people aged 18 to 35 already live in income poverty and close to 10 million are not...

Soweto company upskills deaf community for inclusion in the economy

13 Dec 2020

By Mokgadi Maponya As South Africa marked National Disability Rights Awareness Month between November 3 and December3, this was also an opportunity to celebrate individuals that are breaking stereotypes and overcoming preconceptions regarding disabilities. One of the themes for 2020 was women with disabilities. Deaf Empowerment Firm (DEF) is a social enterprise based in Orlando...

Eastern Cape father starts WhatsApp group for parents of children with disabilities

13 Dec 2020

By Aphiwe Bulo A determined 37-year-old widower and father of three from rural Eastern Cape has set up a WhatsApp support group for parents that have children with cerebral palsy. Sipho Ndamase from Ngolo village in Libode has two boys and a 10-year-old girl, Sinothando, who was born with cerebral palsy. In May 2020, he...

ISP offers accessible apps for people with disabilities Africa

12 Dec 2020

South Africa has a national disability prevalence rate of about 7.5%, which represents approximately 2.87 million persons with disability. According to the Marginalised Groups Indicator Report of 2018, the bulk of this population resides in Gauteng province and the least in the Northern Cape, with the most affected age groups being 5-14 and 15-24 years....

‘’This one’s for you, dad’

11 Dec 2020

STORY NIÉMAH DAVIDS Millicent Agangiba was four years old when she was diagnosed with polio – this altered the trajectory of her life. She underwent years of medical treatment, and while her condition improved significantly, her mobility remained a challenge. As a result of her disability, Millicent struggled with an inferiority complex, which she explained...

United Kingdom Research and Innovation awards grant for a national DATAFREE survey on persons with disabilities in South Africa to understand the effects of COVID-19

11 Dec 2020

by Tim Hart and Nthabiseng Molongoana COVID-19 disability experience and human rights study In the wake of National Disability Rights Awareness Month in South Africa, we are pleased to announce that an international consortium of researchers and disability service providers is embarking on a national online DATAFREE survey to understand the socio-economic, wellbeing and human rights...

A day in the life of a person with a disability

9 Dec 2020

  In 2012, a tragic gymnastics accident left Brandon Beack in a wheelchair with quadriplegia. Whilst Brandon was training, he lost concentration and he fell off the parallel bars, missing the safety mats and landing on his head. He broke his neck at C6/ C7 spinal motion vertebrae and was left instantly paralysed from the...

A gala dinner to honour persons with disabilities

4 Dec 2020

By Simukele Ngema Likuthi Disability Development is hosting its first gala dinner on the December 5 at the TRC Community Hall at Nqamakwe, Eastern Cape.

‘A partner that loves you will never want to be the reason for your pain’

30 Nov 2020

By Samantha Malebana A woman from Kingsburgh, south of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, has written a non-fiction book, not only to share her story about the abuse she endured for years at the hands of her ex fiancé but also to inspire others, particularly young people, not to tolerate abuse. Lerato Tandiwe Ngubane (39), who got...

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