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Giving Women, Youth And People With Disabilities Their Dignity

8 Aug 2020

The Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite NkoanaMashabane, wants the advancement of women to continue to be a priority in government’s service delivery programmes. She said in order to improve service delivery, the country must pay the utmost attention to women’s issues because improving the lives of women would...

Excessive alcohol use killing young SA men – reveals research

8 Aug 2020

The social cost associated with alcohol was also linked to gender-based violence, sexual crime, the implications of unsafe sex, mental health issues and increasing levels of poverty. Excessive alcohol use is behind the death in 80% of young South African men – the third-largest contributor to fatality and disability after sexually transmitted diseases, according to...

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...

NSFAS officially opens applications for 2021

5 Aug 2020

Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, on Monday officially opened the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) 2021 application cycle. This year, the NSFAS application cycle will run for a period of four months starting from Monday, 3 August until the closing date of 30 November 2020. NSFAS applications are open for...

Dealing with unfounded fears about dating someone in a wheelchair

2 Aug 2020

By Mo and Phindi He’s a wonderful man and I like him a lot, but I have serious fears of dating someone who is on a wheelchair. I don’t want to be insensitive, but I’m really concerned about our sex life, and how my social life broadly will be affected. This is a summary of...

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...

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