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Mental Health – The Perfect Storm And The Role Of AI-Robots

20 Oct 2020

By Bernard Marr As well as the clear danger to physical health posed by COVID-19, there is a great deal of concern over the impact it is having on mental health. Many say 2020 has been the most stressful year ever. The fear of becoming ill, as well as the worry caused by uncertainty over...

Lady born without arms celebrates driver’s licence and 1st time driving

15 Oct 2020

– A local disabled woman has shared how happy she is about getting to drive for the first time after being born with no arms – She also shared that she had passed an assessment that makes her eligible to become drive once she buys a car – Facebookers congratulated her warm-heartedly on her achievement...

Global Study: 82% of People Believe Robots Can Support Their Mental Health Better Than Humans

13 Oct 2020

 The COVID-19 pandemic has created the most stressful year in history and negatively affected the mental health of 78% of the global workforce 85% of people say their mental health issues at work negatively affect their home life 68% of people would prefer to talk to a robot over their manager about stress and anxiety at...

Initiative helps authors with disabilities promote their books

6 Oct 2020

By Lebohang Monyatsi Valhalla Arts has partnered with Rise and Shine magazine to profile books by four authors with disabilities via their social media networks during September. A full four days was allocated to each writer during September 14 – 29 to talk about their book and engage the audience. Their participation in this project could...

Casual Day Standing Side by Side for Equality with Mickey Mouse

2 Oct 2020

Fundraiser changes date & embraces innovation Update your calendars! Casual Day, South Africa’s favourite fundraising and awareness campaign for Persons with Disabilities has moved to 3 December 2020. In order tomitigate the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and to stand in solidarity with International Day for Persons with Disabilities, supporters can look forward to a...

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23 Sep 2020

This disability activist says we must offer dignity and financial inclusion rather than just braille and ramps

23 Sep 2020

By Sean Fleming It’s time to boost the economic resilience and participation of people across the developing world – particularly people living with disabilities. The benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution aren’t being experienced universally. It’s time to seize the chance to put humanity on an entirely new trajectory. Diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at...

Disabled surfer from Khayelitsha wins big at GSport Awards

11 Sep 2020

By Kirsten Jacobs A disabled surfer from Khayelitsha is making waves, and has recently been awarded the Ministerial Recognition of Excellence Award at the Gsport Awards on Monday, August 31. Noluthando Makalima (31) was given this top honour at the 15th annual GSport Awards, held to celebrate women athletes who excel in South African sports....

South Africa considers a 12th official language

7 Sep 2020

The Parliamentary Constitutional Review Committee is considering recognising South African Sign Language as the 12th official language. Deputy minister in the Presidency Department of Women Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize, said parliament was considering amending Section 30 of the Constitution and the National Official Languages. “I want to emphasise that South African...

Karabo Nguyuza with her Award

Atang is the best guesthouse in Tembisa

3 Sep 2020

By Lebohang Monyatsi Atang guesthouse has been declared the best guesthouse in Tembisa by Gauteng Women in Tourism (WiT), at an awards ceremony held  in Boksburg, Gauteng on August 30. Lockdown level 2 guidelines were followed and only 50 people were in attendance, seated two metres apart. Karabo Nguyuza, the guesthouse owner, does not know who nominated her business,...

Having a disability is a violent and brutal experience

3 Sep 2020

By Masingita Masunga It is a painful experience to watch the mother of Nathaniel Julius and the pain she is going through during a time and month that has not been easy across every corner of South Africa. The story of Nathaniel, as it got news coverage and highlighted the frustration, pain and hard relationships...

UL ADMITS STUDENT WITH RARE CONDITION

2 Sep 2020

By Samantha Malebana The University of Limpopo (UL) accepted a student with amelia this year, the very first with the rare birth defect, in its history of admitting students with disabilities. Ephraim Dikeletjo Kekana (21) was born without upper limbs, short in stature, missing knee caps and having no toes. He was raised at Gedrogte...

Cyclists ride to raise awareness for Down syndrome

1 Sep 2020

By Aphiwe Bulo Down Syndrome South Africa (DSSA) hosted a provincial charity ride to raise awareness on the condition and to raise funds for families that also needed public protective equipment (PPE). On Saturday, August 8, 18 cyclists in Gauteng, Western Cape, Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape covered 80 – 100km in the #RIDE4DSSA charity challenge...

First SA student residence to get Green Star rating

1 Sep 2020

Story by Helen Swingler With its water and energy savings and full suite of disability features, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) new 500-bed Avenue Road Residence is the first South African student housing development to be awarded a Green Star rating from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). The project achieved a four-star rating. The...

ALBINISM COMMUNITY BENEFITS FROM DIGNITY PACKS DONATIONS

29 Aug 2020

By Johannes Seabela Persons with albinism in the eMalahleni area in Mpumalanga province are benefitting from donations of dignity packs from a non–profit organisation, Melokuhle Albinism Foundation. Founded by Tryphina Nhlapo, Melokuhle has a growing database of more than 50 persons with albinism. The foundation has partnered with Mayor Lina Malatjie’s office, which provides transport for deliveries,...

Tembisa businessman wins 2020 1Life Life Changer Award

29 Aug 2020

By Nkhensani Hlungwani A 57-year-old businessman from Tembisa, a township north of Kempton Park in Gauteng, won the 2020 1Life Life Changer Award in the category of 1Life’s socially influential award, during a dazzling ceremony in March at Johannesburg’s Ticketpro Dome. Martin Phalane who has a physical disability was selected amongst 1 000 nominees by the select...

Ekurhuleni businesswoman’s agility ensures survival

29 Aug 2020

By Simukele Ngema When South Africa went into lockdown level five in March, a businesswoman who operates from Boksburg, in anticipation that her construction business would struggle to survive, decided to branch into the supply of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). Nomthandazo Mpande (42) is the managing director of Phoki Consulting, a company that deals in...

Netflix’s ‘Rising Phoenix’, a story where disability is not an inability

28 Aug 2020

By Alyssia Birjalal In a story of hope and triumph Paralympians from around the world show that disability is not an inability. “Rising Phoenix” a Netflix documentary tells the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games. From the rubble of World War II to the third biggest sporting event on the planet, the Paralympics sparked a...

Canon SA Disabled Golf Open slated for March

20 Aug 2020

The Canon SA Disabled Golf Open will take place from the 21st-25th of March at Mount Edgecombe Country Club. This announcement will no doubt be welcomed by the association’s membership and any international players looking to earn valuable World Ranking points at South Africa’s premier disabled golf event. SADGA Chief Executive Craig Moorgas said that...

Understanding and responding to the stress and impact of Covid19 upon assistive Technology services

16 Aug 2020

By David Banes Access to AT is a right, which enables access to employment, education, and all aspects of daily life. Delivering this is not a one-off intervention in most cases, and this is reflected in the 5P’s (People, Products, Provision, Personnel and Policy) developed by the World Health Organisation and in the AT ecosystem...

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...

You and your Dog: How dogs assist humans with special needs to enjoy a better quality of life

22 Jul 2020

By Yvonne Eland The bond that is formed between the human and the dog is based on complete trust, respect and love. There is always a lighter side to life and for most special needs children and adults it is having the assistance of their very own service dog. I need to just mention here...

Children with disabilities must be part of nation building

18 Jul 2020

Story by Helen Swingler The Human Rights Watch estimates that 600 000 South African children with disabilities were not at school last year, an indictment on our society which needs every child to participate in nation building, University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said. Phakeng was delivering the introductory address on the first of...

These are the niche emoji heading to iOS devices later this year

18 Jul 2020

By Robin-Leigh Chetty Given everything that has happened globally since the beginning of the year, you may have been forgiven for forgetting that 17th July was World Emoji Day . To celebrate the day, Apple recently previewed some of the new emoji it will be bringing to iOS devices later this year. The Cupertino-based company is listing...

Ellie Goldstein, 18-year-old model with Down syndrome, stars in Gucci Beauty campaign

14 Jul 2020

‘I feel so proud of myself, especially to have been chosen for this’ Ellie Goldstein is a model with a mission. The 18-year-old is a face of Gucci’s Unconventional Beauty campaign – making her the first model with Down syndrome to pose for the luxury brand. “It feels so amazing and fabulous to be part...

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...

US approves first ‘digital therapeutic’ game for ADHD

10 Jul 2020

By AFP US health officials have approved the first game-based treatment for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, part of a trend toward “digital therapeutics” or software to address certain conditions. The Food and Drug Administration said on Monday it approved the sale by prescription of the game EndeavorRX from health tech startup Akili Interactive...

New Platform for Content Sales, Distribution and Festival Strategy Announced by Durban FilmMart

1 Jul 2020

DFM Announces New Platform for Content sales, Distribution and Festival Strategy The 2020 Durban FilmMart will launch a new platform for content sales, distribution, and festival strategy, the DFM Content Shop as part of this year’s Virtual Edition, which takes place from September 4-13. The DFM is pleased to announce that it has opened its call for...

Why managing blood pressure matters during COVID-19 pandemic

1 Jul 2020

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a leading cause of death around the world

Should I say ‘disabled person’ or ‘person with a disability’?⁠

20 Jun 2020

By Mary Ann McColl, Queen’s University, Ontario Recently, an Alberta woman with an obvious physical disability was asked to leave a grocery store and not come back because she could not pack her own groceries quickly enough. According to the report on CBC’s Go Public, the checkout clerk said she was slowing down the line...

Traditional beliefs inform attitudes to disability in Africa. Why it matters

20 Jun 2020

By Charlotte Baker, Lancaster University, Elvis Imafidon, Ambrose Alli University Disabled people all over the world are confronted with a range of explanations for disability. These can have an impact on many aspects of their lives. In many African countries a range of beliefs and attitudes underpin these alternative explanations. They include assumptions, misconceptions, traditional...

Online learning during lockdown helps us find ways to teach differently abled students

20 Jun 2020

For too long, we have been teaching and assessing with the average student in mind, without considering students with disabilities and students from less-resourced environments.

Body politics: ‘Decolonising’ disability through performance art

4 Jun 2020

By Wiaam Jacobs Our society need to rethink ways in which to include disabled people through theatre and performance. South Africa’s education in theatre and performance can be used as a medium of activism for assessing how we go about representing ourselves outside of the hegemonic able-bodied perceptions of what an artist/performer should be. According...

Meet Tendekayi Katsiga, creator of world’s first solar-powered hearing aid

3 Jun 2020

By Theodora Aidoo Tendekayi Katsiga, a technology entrepreneur and founder of Deaftronics, has created the world’s first solar-powered hearing aid called ‘Solar Ear’. He was able to create the solar-powered hearing aid battery charger from a workshop in Botswana. Now, his creation has gone global. “We came up with the solar rechargeable hearing aid when...

Living with the ‘mystery disease’

31 May 2020

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory, immune mediated primary demyelinating disease, which means it attacks neurons specific to the central nervous system:Cred(Hannah Chibayambuya/Health-e News) Multiple Sclerosis is one of the most common causes of neurological disability in the youth but the disease is not a death sentence. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory, immune mediated primary demyelinating disease, which means it attacks...

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...

Innovate Now Accelerator Programme Seeks Mobile Solutions to Assist Persons with Disabilities

19 May 2020

Programme opens submissions for second cohort with focus on mobile as a bridge to assistive technology NAIROBI, Kenya, May 19, 2020/ — Innovate Now (www.atInnovateNow.com), Africa’s first Assistive Technology Accelerator is seeking applications from innovators across the African continent who are dedicated to developing mobile based technologies designed to assist people living with disabilities. The...

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...

Use this FAST test when testing for signs of a stroke

13 May 2020

Use this simple test to help recognise the signs of a stroke. Strokes are the fourth biggest natural cause of death in South Africa.

The Living Declaration aims to raise awareness about the challenges facing people with disabilities / disabled people under Covid-19 and beyond

5 May 2020

An international community of disability activists, artists, doctors, scientists and citizens are behind the initiative, which aims to raise awareness and points to solutions for people with disabilities / disabled people – who experience a lack of equal rights under the Covid-19 crisis. Almost everyone has experienced the isolation, anxiety, and loneliness under the Covid-19...

Persons with disability’s bondage, forty years after Zimbabwe’s liberation

3 May 2020

By Tsepang T. Nare Perfection is doing things with a high degree of exceptionality so as to achieve an uncommon result. It is the price of persistence and perseverance that led Zimbabwe to its defining moment on the 18th of April 1980. The conquest of the second chimurenga which began in 1964 leading up to...

South African wheelchair user conquers Kilimanjaro

23 Apr 2020

By Shani Reddy Tarryn Tomlinson lost the use of her legs at the age of 19. Despite using a wheelchair, she adventured up Africa’s tallest mountain and encourages others to overcome their obstacles.

Public Relations graduate sets sights on a PhD

6 Dec 2019

Story by Nthabiseng Tlaka A 25-year-old student with cerebral palsy has registered for a master’s degree in Public Relations, with a focus on disability studies. Simukele Mlondi Ngema graduated with a BTech in Public Relations from the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) in April. His current studies are around determining communication barriers facing students with...

Entrepreneurs equipped with business skills

6 Dec 2019

Story by Nthabiseng Tlaka Beyond Ability Talent Solutions facilitated a number of training sessions for entrepreneurs with disabilities in Johannesburg for a period of seven weeks in early 2019. The course content was aimed at equipping and preparing the entrepreneur for the real business world through gaining various skills such as vision casting, business compliance,...

Charity run for children with disabilities races on

6 Dec 2019

Story by Mpho Tjope The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) hosted its 9th annual Nappy Run™ campaign at the Johannesburg Zoo in November. This annual campaign not only brings awareness about the difficulties faced by children with disabilities not having nappies, largely from an affordability perspective, but also raises funds to...

Author lends a hand to overcome adversity

6 Dec 2019

Story by Nonhlanhla Bakasa Inspirational speaker and banker Zenzile Rens (35) has turned a tragedy that happened to him when he was only two months old into an autobiography titled From Adversity to Greatness. An accident left Rens with facial scarring and resulted in having his left hand amputated. Rens says he was bullied and...

#ICanBe, with albinism

5 Dec 2019

Story by Khumo Moyane The #ICanBe campaign is an initiative created by Mpho Tjope, a speaker, published author and albinism activist. He says he created the campaign “because high numbers of learners with albinism are dropping out of school and attempting suicide, and the fact that albinism was always portrayed from a negative narrative, like...

Obama African Leaders inspire schoolchildren in memory of Madiba

5 Dec 2019

Story by Mpho Tjope The Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa brought together 200 emerging leaders from 44 African countries in Johannesburg for an intensive leadership training and coaching programme by various expects and captains of industry, including former US president Barack Obama and former Minister of Finance, Trevor Manuel. The Obama Foundation selected the 200 young...

Gauteng teen flies SA flag high at Special Olympics

5 Dec 2019

Story by Nthabiseng Noqondo Tlaka A 17-year-old athlete from Hammanskraal, a township north of Pretoria, won medals at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games held in the United Arab Emirates, flying the South African flag high. Gopolang Mogale, who has an intellectual impairment, competed in the 200m and 100m where she scooped a silver...

2J Harmonix publishes poetry anthology

5 Dec 2019

Story by Nonhlanhla Bakasa A rap artist who’s performed at Africa’s biggest hip-hop Festival (Back to The City Festival) and at iStart2Sing Music and Arts Festival, has put his rhymes on paper, in order to reach a wider audience. Eersterust, Pretoria resident, Jonathan Groenewald (36), who is better known by his stage name, 2J Harmonix,...

Artscape CEO honoured for human rights activism

5 Dec 2019

Story by Benedict Leteane The Chief Executive officer of Artscape Theatre in Cape Town has been rewarded for being an advocate for human rights, inclusion and openness. Dr Marlene Le Roux was awarded the Fair Saturday Foundation Award in June in Spain. According to the Fair Saturday awards committee, the Artscape was chosen for its...

No handouts for this entrepreneur

5 Dec 2019

Story by Nonhlanhla Bakasa An entrepreneur based in Tembisa has decided to do whatever it takes to gain financial independence. Jappie Thulo (28) runs three types of businesses. “I am in transportation, the first being an Uber driver, the second one is a scholar shuttle and thirdly transporting people [for long distance trips]. I am also...

Scientist blazes trail of excellence

4 Dec 2019

Story by Benedict Leteane “For the first time in my life, I don’t have ambition; not that I don’t want a promotion.  I want to do my job. I feel settled. I feel calm, happy. I walk into the office, sit down at my PC and start working, happy and contented.” These are the words...

Shining a light on invisible disabilities

4 Dec 2019

Story by Nthabiseng Noqondo Tlaka The M2 Foundation for Chronic Illnesses hosted a breakfast event in Pretoria, to raise awareness about invisible disabilities, to advocate for rare and chronic illnesses, and to offer support to those directly affected. The event was dedicated to honouring endometriosis ‘warriors’ and educating the public on the condition.. The panel...

Embury College introduces SASL teacher training program

4 Dec 2019

Story by Mpho Tjope It was a cold Tuesday morning in Montana, Pretoria but the air inside the Embury Institute for Higher Education (Embury) was filled with warmth and excitement as students began orientation week for a new programme that offers a formal qualification in South African Sign Language (SASL).

Donation banishes illiteracy for visually impaired learners

3 Dec 2019

Story by Benedict Leteane  The pupils of a school for deaf, blind and visually impaired children have been saved from a fate of illiteracy, thanks to the donation of reading equipment by a non-profit organisation.  Fundi, which is a bursary fund administrator, donated R30 000 to Sibonile Primary School, in Kliprivier, Johannesburg to be invested in...

Wheelchair using choreographer rocks youth event

2 Dec 2019

By Benedict Leteane A 28-year-old wheelchair choreographer received a well-deserved standing ovation for an outstanding stage choreography at the 2019 Siyaphakama Youth Day celebration on June 15, at the Khayelitsha community hall in Cape Town. Choreographer Ncedo Bhongoza directed 15 young non-disabled persons between the ages of 12 and 18 on three acts: The Xhosa...

The challenges we face disable us, not that we are disabled

14 May 2019

By Mpho Tjope “Many of us were getting ready to make our voice heard by casting our votes on this cold Wednesday of May 8, because South Africa has 25 years of a democratic system where everyone can cast their votes regardless of colour, impairment, or even religion. I was too young to vote in...

Why I did not vote: Investment in youth and education will not be addressed by voting

14 May 2019

By Boitumelo Mainganya “I was born in an era of trends where every five years there is a vibe in and around the country. Believers of hope and change make their way to different voting stations hoping to bring change for tomorrow. I am more or less the same age as South Africa’s freedom which...

I cast my vote for the party that will bring change in South Africa

14 May 2019

By Zenzele Dlamini “Everything started slowly as I wasn’t sure whether I would be allowed to vote this year as I had not checked my registration details on time. However, I then posted on Facebook asking whether I could go and vote where I was registered for the 2014 elections. The answer I received was...

Why I did not vote: Politicians do not walk the talk

14 May 2019

By Benedict Leteane “I have very little expectations of elections mainly because of my lack of faith in the politicians. There’s no doubt that some of the candidates don’t deserve my vote. I voted for the first time in 2004.  I had no expectations at all.  This was something expected from me as a citizen of the...

My X is my voice!

14 May 2019

By Nthabiseng Tlaka Emilie Olifant, who lives in Fourways, registered to cast a special votes and she was pleased when her application was approved. She told ThisAbility that on May 6, an Independent Electoral Commission official called her to arrange for her to cast her special vote from the comfort of her home. “At 12:30,...

I voted for corruption to be eradicated, and for more employment for the youth

14 May 2019

By Khumo Moyane “My voting experience was rather annoying because wheelchair accessibility was a serious issue. I voted at Padisago Primary School in Soshanguve, which is close to where I stay. It was the second time I was voting at the school. What was different this time for me was my mental growth. I have...

Cycling to fund disposable nappies

8 Mar 2019

Story by Mpho Tjope This year’s Cape Town Cycle Tour takes place on Sunday, March 10. Among some 35 000 cyclists from around the world will be a 50-year-old paraplegic from Springbok in Northern Cape.

Global Immigration

4 Sep 2017

View from a reader Recently I’ve been forced to confront a rather uncomfortable truth. While I watch friends excitedly make plans to build a life in another country, I am faced with the harsh truth there is no making plans for us. Firstly, it must be said that we are in no hurry to leave,...

Demystifying Disability

12 Jul 2017

“Your words made new things possible in my mind.” – Celeste, audience feedback. As an inspirational speaker, author and workshop facilitator Lois speaks openly about the reality of being blind and inspires her audiences to see their own lives in a different way, allowing them to reach beyond their challenges to success. Through her combination of practical techniques and entertaining and compelling...

Tracking the footprint of deafblind persons in SA

12 Jul 2017

Understanding Deafblindness Deafblindness is a combination of visual and hearing impairment (dual sensory disability) in a person resulting in difficulty to access communication and information as well as mobility challenges. This causes barriers for social inclusion and to participate in community activities. Persons who are Deafblind often cannot utilize services available to persons with disabilities....

PanSALB Awards for Deaf Awareness

3 Mar 2017

Sign language interpreter, Natasha Parkins-Maliko and well known Deaf activist, Nenio Mbazima, recently got recognised for their efforts in South African Sign Language (SASL) advocacy at an event hosted by the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) in Cape Town. The PanSALB event capped the Language Activism month campaign aimed at encouraging South Africans to...

KZN Women in ICT to celebrate Women’s Week

24 Feb 2017

Wathinta Bafazi KZN Impumelelo Inclusive Women In ICT Global Research Institute will celebrate International Women’s week between the 6th and the 12th of March 2017 at the Inanda Impumelelo Disability Empowerment Multimedia Centre in Durban. The period will see the launching of the KZN Women Data Power 61 to mark the 61 anniversary of women’s march held back in...

What defines me?

24 Feb 2017

I am a 19 year old aspiring writer and an author of an unpublished book called “LATELA LITORO TSA HAO “from Itumeleng Special School, a school for learners with intellectual disabilities. My diagnosis is unknown to me; however, my mother told me that at birth I was put on a ventilation machine for three days as I could not breathe on...

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