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INSTALMENT 5: Mental health and technological factors

21 Oct 2020

Technological factors impacting on mental health in the South African context is discussed in terms of two dimensions here: 1. Information systems: South Africa uses the District Health Information System [DHIS] to analyse and report on progress related to health indicators for the purpose of decentralised planning, decision- making and health service management. Data is...

INSTALMENT 4: Mental health and social factors

20 Oct 2020

South Africa has a population of 55.7 million people, and it is at present struggling with a very high burden of mental health conditions in the country. Approximately 30% of the South African population will experience a common mental health disorder in their lifetime. These disorders contribute significantly to disability in the country, with depressive...


14 Oct 2020

The world at large is commemorating eye care month which commenced on 20th September 2020 to 17 October 2020. The main purpose of this commemoration is to raise awareness about the impotence on eye health considering the prevention of blindness and treatment of avoidable causes of Blindness following its symptoms and condition of the eye....

INSTALMENT 3: Mental health and economic factors

14 Oct 2020

Economic factors related to mental health in the South African context are here discussed in terms of two domains, namely 1) healthcare spending and 2) mental health care. 1. Healthcare spending South Africa’s total health expenditure comprises 8.8% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with national spending only accounting for 40% of the total amount....


12 Oct 2020

A national survey conducted by a leading pharmaceutical firm and advocate for mental wellness has revealed a significant increase in psychological and emotional stress among South Africans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The results have been made public in October, which is recognised as Mental Health Awareness Month to address the mental health...

INSTALMENT 2: Mental health and political factors

12 Oct 2020

Political factors related to mental health in the South African context are here discussed in terms of two domains, namely 1) the institutional framework and 2) the health system. 1. Institutional framework South Africa currently has a 2013-2020 Mental Health Policy Framework and Strategic Action Plan, the country’s first ever official mental health policy. The...


6 Oct 2020

For the past 100 years, the South African Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH) has been advocating for and promoting, protecting and upholding the human rights of persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities. The organisation is the largest mental health federation in the country, and acts as a resource centre equipped with the latest information on...

Persons with albinism are human, too!

6 Oct 2020

By Samantha Malebana  A 31-year-old actress and motivational speaker has taken it upon herself to film an albinism awareness documentary, that addresses the misconceptions and myths people have about people with albinism. In the documentary titled Born Survivor, Regina-Mary Ndlovu from Ennerdale, Gauteng, is filmed going from house to house in the Ekurhuleni township of...

VUT boasts first graduate with visual impairment

1 Oct 2020

By Simukele Ngema History will be made during this year’s spring graduation ceremonies when Thabo Lenyora, a 31-year-old student, will be getting his academic qualification as the first ever graduate with visual impairment at the Vaal University of Technology(VUT), Vanderbijlpark. Lenyora, who is from Ventersburg, Free State, will receive a national diploma in policing. He...


30 Sep 2020

World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is a global event that is celebrated annually on the 10th October with the aim of reflecting on existing mental health challenges, on gaps in policies, onidentifying priorities in a collaborative effort, and by unifying voices as catalysts for change. It is the only annual event of its kind dedicated...

Let’s go digital! iStore supports deaf awareness campaign

28 Sep 2020

By Aphiwe Bulo Technology company Apple’s iStore Meets, in partnership with iSchool Africa , is advocating for deaf awareness by hosting free online sessions about Apple’s accessible products and features. The first session was on Thursday, September 10. In the discussion, Deaf Awareness: Keeping everyone in conversation with the iPad, Apple’s technology and educational solutions company...

‘Our scars don’t define us!’

28 Sep 2020

By Mokgadi Maponya A campaign, #MeAndMyScars, has been launched on social media to encourage anyone with scars, deformities or disabilities to show them, talk about them with the view to educate others and to break down stigmas around having scars. Radio presenter and disability activist, Doug Anderson(43), is the person behind the campaign, which invites people...

A vision born of lost sight

28 Sep 2020

By Mahlatse Mothiba A 21-year-old author from Soshanguve, Pretoria has made it his life’s mission not only to inspire others, but to be the best blind author to come out of South Africa. Calvin Mogajane was born with glaucoma, a disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve. His twin brother, Edwin, was born with vision...

University of Limpopo student graduates cum laude, twice

28 Sep 2020

By Seema Johannes Seabela A cancer survivor from Ga-Matlala in Limpopo province has graduated cum laude twice, and is aiming for a third for his master’s degree for which he is currently registered at theUniversity of Limpopo (UL). Both France Mehale’s undergraduate and honours degreeswere in communication studies. At UL, a cum laude (with honours)...

Don’t let your injury at work become a financial loss

25 Sep 2020

By Laura du Preez If your claim is ignored, you can complain to the Pension Funds Adjudicator Think very carefully about resigning to get your hands on a lump sum withdrawal benefit from your retirement, instead of applying for a disability benefit. Your health and how it affects your ability to work may feel like...

Radio station with mission to help disabled

23 Sep 2020

BY PATIENCE BAMBALELE Activist and radio presenter Andile Ngcobo has established an online radio station that will give platform to people with disabilities. Ngcobo, who has albinism, left Izwi Lomzansi FM after a solid 11 years of service to start his own station Siyaviva Online Radio which went on air yesterday. Siyaviva means “we are getting...

Enterprise Development Programme equips SMMEs with tools to go virtual

23 Sep 2020

Virtual training and virtual training environments are designed to simulate the traditional classroom or learning experience. Transnet Pipelines (TPL) together with The Hope Factory (THF) saw the need to equip their current SMMEs on the Enterprise Development Programme for Entrepreneurs with Disability with the tools needed to go 100% virtual from the comfort of their...

First ever Mr and Miss Albinism to be held in SA

21 Sep 2020

By Nkhensani Hlungwani The top 30 finalists of Mr and Miss Albinism South Africa pageant were announced on social media, on Wednesday, September 9. They consisted of 17 females and 13 males who will compete for the championships on March 27, 2021. The pageant will be held for the first time ever in South Africa...

SA’s next wheelchair tennis superstars unearthed

19 Sep 2020

by MTHULISI SIBANDA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE quest to unearth and nurture South Africa’s next global tennis stars on wheels is on. Patrick Selepe, the Tennis South Africa (TSA) Wheelchair Tennis Development Officer, is driving the process that has managed to discover some talent across the country during an ongoing exercise that is gathering momentum as the...

Raising a child with a learning disability

17 Sep 2020

Learning disorders present themselves as a wide range of developmental problems in children. It’s very important to realise that kids with learning disabilities are neither dumb nor lazy. Their problem is not a lack of intelligence or motivation. In fact most of them are as smart as or even smarter than everyone else. Learning disorders...

Survivor counsels patients with rare condition

7 Sep 2020

By Mokgadi Maponya A young woman from Mamelodi in Pretoria has been giving voluntary counselling sessions to patients with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital for the past three years. Nthabiseng Tlaka (26), who was diagnosed with GBS in 2015, helps the patients by sharing her story and encouraging them. She is...

The Mainstreaming of Ableism

7 Sep 2020

By Munaka Munyai The tragic murder of 16-year-old Nathaniel Julius on the 26th of August at the whim of South African law enforcement served as a dual display of violence to the country and media. On the first level, the overt use of brutality by law enforcement is an unfortunate reality South Africans have become...

Land reform takes centre stage as women, the youth and those with disabilities are prioritised by Deputy President

7 Sep 2020

Deputy President, David Mabuza, has called for ‘humane decisive action’ by authorities and other land custodians, in responding to the recent spate of illegal land invasions. On 4 September, Mabuza chaired an inter-ministerial committee meeting on land reform and agriculture. The meeting considered, amongst other things: Progress on the State Land Allocation plan, The challenges,...

Group of DJs with disabilities amaze netizens with their amazing beats

3 Sep 2020

By Kelly Lippke – Winnie Daniel, a DJ, posted a video of herself and her colleagues seated next to a turntable as they hosted a lovely, virtual show – Their group moved netizens and had them digging into their pockets ready to make donations – The trio consisted of individuals with disabilities who had their...

Digital accessibility and why it matters

3 Sep 2020

By Tasneem Cassim “Accessibility” in the digital space means that digital platforms, like websites, mobile apps, social channels and PDFs, should be readable, operable and functional to all users – especially people with disabilities. It’s an issue that is rapidly gaining attention in many spheres, including social, economic and legal domains. Accessibility is part of...

People with disabilities should lead discussions about their rights and needs, especially during pandemic

3 Sep 2020

By LISA DEADERICK Advocacy organizations for people with disabilities discuss the need for equitable access to resources and centering their voices in the creation and implementation of best practices, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. From the beginning, organizations and individuals advocating for the rights of people with disabilities have been working to make sure the current...

Pink tax: the cost of being a woman

2 Sep 2020

By Mahlatse Mothiba To mark women’s month, BeyondHer, a media and broadcasting company, hosted an interactive online workshop on August 15 on Crowdcast titled “I Pay Pink Tax”, to highlight the hidden costs women pay. Pink tax refers to products and services that women need as compelled by gender habits, society and nature, that are...

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...


31 Aug 2020

The South African Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH) has noted with concern the fatal shooting of 16-year old Nathaniel Julius from Eldorado Park, allegedly by members of the South African Police Service (SAPS). According to media reports, Mr.Julius – a person with Down syndrome, who was non-verbal –was shot a few metres away from his...


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...

Planning for those with disabilities

15 Aug 2020

By  Craig Torr – Crue Invest (Pty) Ltd Special trusts are excellent planning tools when it comes to providing for those with disabilities. If you have children, relatives or even a spouse with any form of mental or physical disability, providing for them financially when you are no longer around may be a source of...

Victory for pupils with disabilities

15 Aug 2020

By Kabelo Khumalo The Pretoria High Court last week handed down an order (by consent), ordering the department of Basic Education (DBE) to make provision for all pupils with special needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The court order comes after the Centre for Child Law (CCL), represented by Equal Education Law Centre (EELC), took the...

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...


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...


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...

Nominate MP sports stars

18 Jul 2020

Story by Stefan de Villiers The road to the 2020 Mpumalanga Sports Awards has started in earnest with the opening of the nomination process. The process was initiated on July 1 and will end on July 29. Nominations can be done on, via WhatsApp on 079-888-0246 or via email at During this period, federations and the public...

KwaDukuza man helps get the disabled moving again

18 Jul 2020

Nxumalo is now the founder of Nokusa Support For Disabled People (NPC), formed in 2018, that identifies people with disabilities who need help and now also does skills development in townships and rural areas. KwaDukuza-born Menzi Nxumalo has given more than 20 people mobility with his determination to provide wheelchairs to the disabled. A few...

Over 400 Doctors to Assist With Disability Grant Applications

15 Jul 2020

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has appointed 465 doctors around the country to assist with the assessment of grant applications by people with disabilities. Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu made the announcement during a media briefing at the Union Buildings on Monday on government’s further plans to combat the spread of COVID-19 in...

Mastercard Foundation And USIU-Africa Partner To Expand Access To Higher Education In Africa

15 Jul 2020

USIU-Africa and the Mastercard Foundation today announced a partnership that will enable 1,000 high-performing students to receive quality education and leadership development over the next 10 years under the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. The partnership provides scholarships for high potential students facing financial, gender, displacement, or disability constraints. At least 70 percent of the young...

South Africans are in a mental health crisis

11 Jul 2020

According to Old Mutual, the group has paid out 59% more in disability income claims relating to psychiatric disorders since 2016 Death claims due to suicide have also increased by 24% between 2018 and 2019. Millions of South Africans battle psychiatric disorders and mental illness daily, many struggling in secret out of fear of stigmatisation...

A Special Olympics South Africa Tribute

11 Jul 2020

Dear Special Olympics Family, On behalf of Dr. Mathews Phosa, it is with deep sadness that we have to inform you all of the passing of Mr Ephraim Mohlakane, Special Olympics South Africa board member, athlete leader, 2-time World Games medallist, husband, father, and friend. There are no words for us to describe our pain...

PS4 gamers with disabilities catered for by ‘The Last of Us Part 2’

10 Jul 2020

By Darren, Keri and Sky 2020 action-adventure game ‘The Last of Us Part 2’ is changing the world of gaming by including really cool features that are inclusive of people with disabilities. Since the introduction of the gaming scene, which has become a great phenomenon over the years, accessibility generally focused on gaming software instead of...

Cameroon: 145 Commonwealth Points of Light

4 Jul 2020

Comfort Mussa is the founder of SISTERSPEAK237, which supports disabled and vulnerable people in Yaounde by coordinating the provision of hand sanitisers and masks, and sharing key messaging around COVID-19. Comfort has also started a project across the seven regions of Cameroon to ensure that response services are gender and disability inclusive. Comfort has been a...

Ipeleng Khunou, Hezekiel Sepeng, Siv Ngesi, Janine van Wyk, Charne Bosman and more join the challenge for Mandela Day

1 Jul 2020

Affectionately known as ‘CrazyLegs’, Ipeleng Khunou, who famously competed in the Two Oceans on crutches, has put his weight behind the ‘67 Kilometres for Mandela Day’ virtual race and has challenged colleagues in the sporting and entertainment world to do the same. So far, former Olympian Hezekiel Sepeng, comedian Siv Ngesi, Banyana Banyana captain Janine...

More than 73 old age homes, disability shelters and orphanages to be decontaminated

1 Jul 2020

Durban – The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development partnered with Scientology Volunteer Ministers, an non-profit organisation which decontaminates, sanitises and educates amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The partnership meant that Scientology Volunteer Ministers would decontaminate over 73 old age homes, disability shelters and orphanages in KZN. Director of public affairs Sandile Hlayisi said Scientology Volunteer Ministers...

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.

Bilateral profound deafness didn’t stop Dr Singo from achieving her goals

20 Jun 2020

By Ikageng Moroaswi People who did not believe in her ability due to her disability, motivated Dr Lutendo Rhinah Singo to work harder

##MotivationalMinute with Thandolwethu

16 Jun 2020

This week’s words of encouragement come from well known Durban Motivational Speaker and Author, Shan Lee. Shan Lee is a Motivational Speaker, Author and Radio Host As a motivational speaker, her primary focus is on mental health, how best to overcome depression, and how to deal with a disability. Having conquered her own neurological disability,...

Online concert to raise funds for persons with disabilities

13 Jun 2020

Keep an eye on the Casual Day social media channels for the full line-up of artists.

Persons with disabilities bemoan lack of inclusion in COVID-19 fight

4 Jun 2020

By Lusekero Mhango Persons with disabilities in Karonga have cried foul over the continued side-lining of people with disabilities by authorities in COVID-19 related committees and activities in the district.

How Robots Can Help People With Disabilities Walk Again

2 Jun 2020

The wheelchair has long been the primary solution for those with mobility challenges, yet the design has not changed drastically in hundreds of years. But new walking robots may finally be ready to disrupt the space, with one exoskeleton becoming the first to allow a paraplegic man to walk fully upright, without the need for...

“Please help me publish my book”

31 May 2020

By Bernard Chiguvare “Please help me publish my book in which I am trying to tell the readers that nothing is impossible as long as one remains focused. I also want to alert readers that disability does not mean inability,” said Khuthadzo Ndou. The 22-year-old writer from Tshikota, next to Louis Trichardt, was born with...


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.

It’s Time to Rethink the Language of Accessibility. And to Imagine a More Equal World

21 May 2020

BY EDDIE NDOPU Ndopu is an Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. He is also the Founder and CEO of Beyond Zero Ventures. Accessibility is a slippery, deceptive word that belies its own emancipatory meaning. Let’s demonstrate this through a simple thought experiment. Imagine being a wheelchair-user....

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 (, 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...

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.

Shape ‘inclusive new economy’ with these citizens in mind

8 May 2020

By HELEN SWINGLER When President Cyril Ramaphosa detailed a R500 billion relief package for the nation under threat of COVID-19, he also said that government would take the opportunity to build an inclusive new economy. Riding on this are the hopes of thousands of citizens with disabilities – 7.5% of the population.

OPW groom and beautiful bride with disabilities touch Mzansi hearts

5 May 2020

By Nonkululeko Ngqola The latest episode of Our Perfect Wedding left a lot of viewers all in their feelings

For paraplegics, the pandemic has made work from home viable

4 May 2020

Paraplegics and quadriplegics must embrace the changes the coronavirus pandemic has brought about, said Ari Seirlis, who serves on the presidential working group on disability and is former chief executive of the QuadPara Association of SA. “The coronavirus pandemic has changed the face of the working world. These changes are to our advantage,” he said...

Sassa to pay out R200bn in May to over 11 million recipients

3 May 2020

By Zintle Mahlati The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) will in May pay out R200 billion in social grant payments to 11.3 million recipients, which will see 18.6 million people benefit. 

Your risk cover and Covid-19

3 May 2020

By  Gareth Collier – Crue Invest (Pty) Ltd A look at insurance in the context of the coronavirus. With the spread of the coronavirus through our country, many South Africans have dusted off their insurance policies to check what cover they have in place, and this, in turn, has given rise to multiple questions regarding Covid-19...

NCPD makes much-needed deliveries

3 May 2020

By Stephan Lehman the first batch of donations made the council will continue to identify those in need.

Yetnebersh Nigussie: The blind Ethiopian lawyer fighting for disability rights globally

3 May 2020

BY MOHAMMED AWAL Yetnebersh Nigussie is an Ethiopian lawyer fighting for about one billion of the world’s population with some form of disability. As one of the world’s most influential disability rights activists, Nigussie lost her ability to see since the age of five.

Home Care for the Elderly | A Lockdown Q & A

29 Apr 2020

The coronavirus epidemic is shining a light on caregivers. Now more than ever, we’re seeing how critical their service is. But what exactly does home care look like in these unprecedented times?

Disabled Free State farmers are feeding their communities through aquaponic farming

29 Apr 2020

The lives of nearly 100 disabled farmers in the Free State province have been turned around thanks to INMED Aquaponics led by the knowledgeable and compassionate Mantombi Madona, an adaptive agriculture facilitator and trainer for INMED South Africa.

UIF pays out R3bn

29 Apr 2020

By Jackie Cameron The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has paid out just over R3.3 billion to people whose work and income have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Appeal to Government: Concessions for Autistic People – The South African autism community unite for lockdown concessions

29 Apr 2020

Anonthe Cele, who is autistic,  non-speaking and very active is cared for by his grandmother, Nana.

Learning under lockdown: Prioritising UCT’s most vulnerable students

25 Apr 2020

STORY BY NIÉMAH DAVIDS To ensure that students complete the academic year without further delay, part of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) multi-faceted response to the global COVID-19 pandemic has been to join other leading South African universities in starting remote teaching and learning.

Blind SA starts Relief Fund for its members

24 Apr 2020

Blind SA has committed R20 000 to kickstart efforts to assist its members in business to alleviate the impact of the lockdown effects.

C’mon South Africa, let’s recycle our Clothes to Do Good!

24 Apr 2020

Be a Clothes to Good fashion recycler and use this lockdown to sort out your cupboards! By donating your unwanted clothes and textiles to Clothes to Good, you will not only prevent clothes and textiles from going to landfill, we Help mothers of children with disabilities start their own businesses, create jobs for people with disabilities,...

Minister hosts discussion on impact of pandemic on women and children

23 Apr 2020

The discussion highlighted how women and children and affected by domestic violence during the lockdown.

Food aid parcels in South Africa could do with a better nutritional balance

23 Apr 2020

Food insecurity is a reality for many South African households, with approximately 50% of households living under the poverty line and not being able to afford basic healthy eating.

Covid-19 shows why you need to prioritize protecting your income

23 Apr 2020

Few could have predicted the impact the coronavirus is having on the world, and, while there are many uncertainties that we’re still grappling with, there is also a growing realisation of how important it is to protect what we have.

How to claim R350 Unemployment Grant During Lockdown

23 Apr 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an unprecedented R500 billion social and economic support package to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday evening.

‘Resident Evil’ Stuntwoman Wins South African Court Ruling Following Horrific On-Set Accident

22 Apr 2020

By Tim Dams U.K.-based stuntwoman Olivia Jackson has won the latest stage in a long battle for damages following life-changing injuries she sustained during the filming of “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” in 2015.

Understand your credit life insurance

22 Apr 2020

by Thelma Koorts All new personal loans taken out in South Africa since August 2017 are covered by extended credit life insurance.

Don’t panic: Consider the consequences of financial decisions

22 Apr 2020

“DON’T panic” was once said to be the best advice given to humanity. It definitely applies when it comes to managing your finances during the Covid-19 crisis.

New ‘coronavirus grant’ to help desperate South Africans

22 Apr 2020

BY STHEMBILE CELE President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced an increase in social grants, including a new coronavirus grant.

People with disabilities in Limpopo want lockdown guidelines revised

19 Apr 2020

By Pimani Baloyi Some people with disabilities in Limpopo want the lockdown guidelines revised to cater for their specific needs. They say it’s near impossible for them to access essential services. As Health officials express concern over the increase of local transmissions of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Limpopo, some people with disabilities who are based...

Mdudu relishing Canon SA Disabled Open Golf Challenge

16 Mar 2020

Mdudu relishing Canon SA Disabled Golf Open challenge By: Craig Stirton Cape Town, 16 March 2020 – Simo Mdudu is relishing the chance to play in the medal leg-amputee division and is eyeing a top-25 placing at the Canon SA Disabled Golf Open at Mount Edgecombe Country Club in the second week of May. Resilient...

Table Tennis Champion with Down Syndrome to participate in a major tournament

10 Mar 2020

Table Tennis Champion with Down Syndrome to participate in a major tournament. Cindy Engelbrecht (30) from Centurion, South Africa has never let her Down syndrome diagnosis hold her back from achieving her dreams. Exceeding expectations. Despite the limitations placed on her at birth and doctors saying that she will never be able to do anything...

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...

The President consults the Presidential Working Group on Disability to progress the rights of Persons with Disabilities in South Africa

16 Apr 2019

26 February 2019 -The Disability sector is full of hope and expectation after its first meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa. The Presidential Working Group on Disability (PWGD) is constituted of 45 members from the disability sector – representing a diverse and allinclusive voice. Prior to this event, it had only met once since its inception...

These wheels are made for rolling!

16 Apr 2019

By Khumo Moyane Ladies on Wheels is a movement driven by three women whose lives are a demonstration of their mission statement: “Disability doesn’t define us, it can only state what everyone knows, that disability has limitations but only to those who are limited by their own imagination.” Twenty-three-year-olds, Nosiphiwo Masikane and Keletso Morulane, and...

Backabuddy – where cause meets crowd

16 Apr 2019

Vusi Masinga and Sebenzisa Ndlazi, two wheelchair-bound volunteers, have embarked on an outreach programme for fellow wheelchair users who need to navigate treacherous terrain. The initiative is being headed up by physiotherapist, manager and clinical supervisor at Manguzi Hospital, Maryke Bezuidenhout, who aims to harness the experience and expertise of key community members living with...

OPINION: Making tourism in KZN universally accessible to everyone

16 Apr 2019

DURBAN – Making tourism universally accessible to everyone-particularly those with disabilities – is more than just putting in a ramp at the entrance to a hotel, a B&B or an attraction. Part of this is ensuring that venues have wider corridors to cater for wheelchairs, putting in toilet facilities for the disabled, having handrails in...

New hope for spinal cord injury survivors after exciting breakthrough in spinal cord research

16 Apr 2019

With support from the Wings for Life World Run participants, scientists have given three patients with incomplete spinal cord injuries a great gift: the ability to walk again Spinal cord research scientists funded by the Wings for Life World Run have made a breakthrough in their treatment of spinal cord injury, restoring three study participants’...


16 Apr 2019

Become a disability confident employer As part of its mandate to promote, protect and monitor human rights in South Africa, the SAHRC today issued a call to action to employers – starting with JSE listed companies – to become “Disability Confident”. Speaking at a Disability 360° Seminar and Knowledge Workshop hosted by Transformation Integrated Africa...

Finding confidence in deafness

16 Apr 2019

Mary Kihn School for the Deaf in Observatory could soon get more donations through more regular fund-raising events that will be held throughout the year. This comes after the school partnered with national movement organisation Deaf Confidence to raise the ‘much-needed’ funds for the school. Deaf Confidence is a movement that motivates and empowers deaf...

South Africa’s first deaf student to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws degree at UCT

16 Apr 2019

Qobo Ningiza will be South Africa’s first deaf Bachelor of Laws degree graduate when he  was capped at a University of Cape Town (UCT) graduation ceremony on Friday, 12 April 2019. Born and raised in Ntseshe location, Ngqamakhwe District in the Eastern Cape, Ningiza is the fifth of six children. He describes his schooling experience...

Call to enact the Copyright Bill and Ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty

16 Apr 2019

The SAR2R Coalition and affiliated member organisations called upon the NCOP and the National Assembly to enact the Copyright Bill and ratify the Marrakesh Treaty that facilitates access to published works in an accessible format for the blind, visually impaired and print disable persons. The current Copyright Act does not provide exceptions and limitations for...

South Africans with intellectual disabilities can live happy and fulfilling lives – and we can help them do it

16 Apr 2019

PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES ARE QUITE CAPABLE OF LIVING LIVES THAT ARE MEANINGFUL AND HAPPY BUT THIS ONLY TAKES PLACE THROUGH IMPLEMENTATION, EDUCATION AND ACTIVISM… WRITES NICOLE BREEN The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as “…a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the...

Department donates 58 wheelchairs to needy

16 Apr 2019

29 March 2019 – Local residents with disabilities were given help when the deputy minister of justice and correctional services, Thabang Makwetla, handed over a donation of 58 wheelchairs. MSOGWABA – Beneficiaries came from all the parts of the City of Mbombela Local Municipality and were identified by Mbombela Disability Forum (MDF). Makwetla said although...

SA Celebs go Deaf For A Day Will you try it too?

16 Apr 2019

In support of World Hearing Day on 3 March, three of South Africa’s most-loved musicians challenged themselves to be ‘Deaf for a Day’ to remind their fellow South African’s that communication is the way we connect with others and it’s something that shouldn’t be taken for granted. As musicians, Denholm Harding of Just Jinjer, Gad...

Observing World Autism Day

16 Apr 2019

THE World Autism Awareness Day is observed around the globe on April 2 to raise awareness. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) , autism is a complex nervous system disability which affects normal brain function. WHO said autism usually manifests during the first three years of a person’s life. Autism is described as an...

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.

The Alliance For Rights – Africa Towards Disability Inclusion (ARADI)

2 Nov 2018

Introduction: Down Syndrome South Africa (DSSA) is non-governmental, non-profit organisation formed in 1986 as the national umbrella body and parent advocacy group for the Constitutional rights of persons with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities. DSSA is affiliated to the Africa Disability Alliance (ADA) through the Africa Down Syndrome Network (ADSN). The ARADI (Alliance for...


2 Nov 2018

ACCORDING to popular autism website:; “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. ASD is a developmental disability and people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities...

Business Engage honours corporates for Women Empowerment

30 Oct 2018

Corporate South Africa is becoming increasingly proactive in acknowledging the significant role of women in the economy, across all sectors. We can argue, in fact, that there is no economy without women. For this reason, Business Engage – a Brand South Africa partner, launched the Gender Mainstreaming Awards (sponsored by PwC) six years ago. The...

Police test their grit at fun day

30 Oct 2018

EOS members were given 400 Casual Day stickers and sold all of them to raise money for the disabled. eThekwini Outer South (EOS) police members engaged in various activities including soccer, tug of war, cooking a potjie kos, egg and spoon race and a doughnut race during a fun day at Folweni Sports Grounds on...

Rapist Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Raping Disabled Girl

30 Oct 2018

Fochville Regional Court took a firm stance on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 in a rape case. The accused, Michael Letsebane was facing a charge for raping a minor, who has a disability. On the 30 July 2016, the victim’s grandmother was informed that the accused took the victim into his house. She immediately investigated and...

Women in leadership – what does race, gender, class have to do with it

30 Oct 2018

Unisa’s Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) hosted a conversation with women in leadership during Women’s Month on the theme ‘Leading women – what does race, gender and class have to do with it’. The conversation sought to define and challenge the perceptions of the role and value of women in society. Contributing to the...

Stroke of depression in South Africa

30 Oct 2018

Ten South Africans suffer a stroke every hour. Yet many blame the affliction on witchcraft and isolate stroke survivors – who are already battling because of the dire shortage of rehabilitation facilities. Not far from David Mkhontwana’s flat in the South Rand, beige apartment blocks stretch up towards the sky. Prior to his stroke, Mkhontwana...

Homeless people face an uphill battle to get Sassa disability grants

30 Oct 2018

More than one million people in South Africa receive a disability grant from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). But if you’re homeless it can be particularly difficult to get this support. Proof of residence and a valid South African identity document are required when applying for a disability grant. A person must also...

Why pregnant women shouldn’t drink

30 Oct 2018

Emmanuel Kafe Alcohol impacts people and societies in different ways and is determined by the volume consumed, the pattern of drinking, as well as the quality of alcohol consumed. It is a psychoactive substance and its harmful use is known to have dependence-producing properties and cause more than 200 diseases among drinkers as well as...

Labour department initiative employs people with disabilities

30 Oct 2018

The department’s Supported Employment Enterprises project current boasts 12 factories which operate in seven provinces. A department of labour initiative which dates back to the Second World War is helping create jobs for handicapped people who have borne the brunt of South Africa’s unemployment scourge. Official data shows that some 4.7 million people live with...

Township hearing and vision screening project shows value of social entrepreneurship

30 Oct 2018

The hearX Group is midway through a project to provide community-based hearing and vision screening to the large community in Tembisa and surrounds. It aims to benefit 5 000 preschool and school children by August 2019, by identifying those who have hearing or vision challenges, and then linking them to the appropriate follow-up care as...

Forward Motion Dance Festival Brings Dancers of All Abilities to the Stage

30 Oct 2018

Respect. Equality. Inclusion. These are tenets that should be upheld in all facets of life. Karen Peterson, founder and artistic director of Karen Peterson and Dancers, is working for dancers with disabilities to be respected and included in the contemporary dance world. September 26 through 29, the inaugural Forward Motion International Festival and Conference of...

Deaf model listens to inner voice

30 Oct 2018

WHILE Nadia Leitao did not have the ability to hear at birth, this did not quieten the inner voice which told her to reach for her full potential, especially against all odds and now, 22-years-old, she was a finalist in the Miss Deaf SA 2018. She was born totally deaf, but it took a while...

Disability in Africa: ‘I’m no longer ashamed of my disabled daughter’

30 Oct 2018

When Agnes Mutemi became aware that her first-born daughter Nambia had poor mental health at the age of 2, her first response was once to be ashamed. She remained in denial for a number of years till she discovered a college which specialized in taking good care of kids with disabilities. The 38-year-old mom of...


30 Oct 2018

R12.5 million awarded to South Africa’s most promising social innovators. The 20 winners of the SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards 2018 were announced on Thursday, 11 October 2018 at an awards event in Johannesburg. The first place winners took home more than R1 million each for their innovations. “Through the awards, the...


30 Oct 2018

THE 2ND ANNUAL DISABILITY RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM “One day I would love to live in a non-ableist world where I’m not treated as dis-human and where my disabled body does not cause people to squirm and feel uncomfortable. Where I do not become the object of people’s piercing glares any time I move or go anywhere....

Blind SA commemorates International White Cane Day 11-25 October 2018

30 Oct 2018

Blind SA commemorated the International White Cane Day from 11 until 25 October 2018. White Cane Day events were held in conjunction with City of Johannesburg on 11 October 2018 at the Johannesburg Theatre; 12 October 2018 in Roodepoort; 18 October 2018 in Orange Farm; and on 25 October 2018 at Blind SA in Mayfair,...

Angels’ wings spreading across South Africa to improve stroke care

30 Oct 2018

Every day up to 360 South Africans are affected by strokes and experts warn that about a third of those who suffer a stroke will die, and a quarter will be left with life-changing disability. For about a year, the Angels Initiative has been working with South African health professionals and the public in densely...

DSD holds Roundtable on Albinism Rights

30 Oct 2018

The Department of Social Development (DSD) held a roundtable meeting to develop an Integrated plan to protect, promote and uphold the rights of persons with albinism in Pretoria during the Albinism Month of September. The two day roundtable, chaired by the Deputy Minister of Social Development, Ms Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, saw the gathering of different government representatives, human...


30 Oct 2018

6 Women Challenge Stereotypes on Africa’s Highest Peak Six African women with albinism, a condition that affects the pigmentation of the skin, hair and eyes, set out to climb Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro earlier this month in a bid to raise the visibility of people the condition. The climbers have all suffered abuse and discrimination, and in one...

UCT and partners develop test that diagnoses TB Meningitis within two hours

26 Jul 2018

The University of Cape Town, in partnership with Antrum Biotech, have developed a new rapid test that is able to diagnose TB meningitis – a major cause of death in Southern Africa – within two hours. The test is currently undergoing validation to enter the global market. Until now, diagnostic tests have not been as quick or...

Youth with Disabilities Resolve to Affirm their Identity

26 Jul 2018

The Youth Day Disability Awareness Event that was held at the busy Soshanguve Crossing Mall on Saturday, 16 June 2018 attracted a throng of young persons with disabilities together with their abled-bodied counterparts. The abiding objective of the event was for the youth disability sector to introspect and identify challenges that impede their active participation in social spaces...

Dismantling discrimination in the workplace

26 Jul 2018

The ground-breaking court judgment that held Imperial Holdings Limited and its CEO Mark Lamberti jointly and severally liable for impairing the dignity of Associated Motor Holdings financial manager Adila Chowan provides much needed hope for victims of discrimination in the workplace. The judgment highlights the challenges of eradicating systemic discrimination and inequalities in South Africa. The sad reality is that many victims of...

Summit connects disabled learners to potential employers

26 Jul 2018

Hundreds of disabled learners had the opportunity to meet corporates seeking to employ people with disabilities at the recent SABC Disability Summit. Hosted by the SABC Foundation, the summit aims to catalyse transformative change in the disability space by sharing lessons learnt, unpacking the latest B-BBEE legislative policies and their impact on businesses, identifying unique opportunities for collaboration...

Young, black and ‘disabled’ in corporate South Africa

26 Jul 2018

By Kgomotso Meso Professionals with disabilities are defying the odds stacked against them by challenging the status quo in the corporate sector, regarding the hurting and integration of people with disabilities in South Africa. People with disabilities no longer settle for limited learnerships and/or work readiness programmes, but rather they apply for positions that are aligned with their academic qualifications. The United...

AFRICA: Cadecom’s inclusive education programme working wonders in Phalombe

26 Jul 2018

The Catholic Development Commission (Cadecom), one of the Catholic Church’s development arm in Malawi, initiated an education programme aimed at integrating children with disabilities into public schools rather than getting them into their special institutions. Called ‘Inclusive Education’, the initiative is working wonders in Phalombe District where it is being practised in 21 schools which have special teachers...

Tax refunds for people with disabilities in the workplace

26 Jul 2018

ALEXANDRA – There is help for disabled people or parents of disabled children in claiming tax relief from SARS. People with disabilities are eligible to claim their tax according to a local non-government organisation Let Us Assist. This was evident with some of the testimonies from people who have benefited with the help from the organisation. “It is...

Quadriplegic man who defied doctors’ odds to paint a ‘can do’ picture

26 Jul 2018

Cape Town – This quadriplegic man says he wants to show people with disabilities that they shouldn’t feel limited by their conditions. Randall Wynkwart, 37, from Tafelsig in Mitchells Plain says for the upcoming Mandela Day next month, he plans to work in a restaurant as a waiter to raise awareness for the disabled. Randall, who is...

Thulamela mini library for the blind launched

26 Jul 2018

The blind and visually impaired in Thulamela in Limpopo who for years could not access information due to the lack of resources, were on cloud nine recently as a new mini library, specifically designed for them, was launched. The facility is part of the 28 new mini libraries for the blind launched countrywide. The launch is an initiative...

Children with ADHD: Bullied or bully?

26 Jul 2018

Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are unlikely to go unnoticed in a school environment. It can quickly earn your child the “different”, “difficult” or “disruptive” label and attract the attention of bullies. ADHD can inhibit your child’s understanding of social cues, which can have a negative impact on everyday conversations and social interactions. The exclusion from social...

Breaking down the Stigma Associated with Disabilities

26 Jul 2018

In previous years, the slow uptake of BEE policies has created a less than desirable result in our country’s transformation. Companies soon began to realise that policies were here to stay and today we see less resistance and more inclusion. Beyond implementation, many companies have today allowed these policies to form part of its ‘bigger picture’. “We always...

Adversity spurs on gifted DJ Lloyd Babedi

26 Jul 2018

Condemned to a life on crutches, Lloyd Babedi never wallowed in pity. The 31-year-old Alexandra DJ not only fo0year alone he donated more than 130 wheelchairs to destitute people living with disability. And this year the number already stands at 15 and his beneficiaries are from Pretoria and Alexandra. He plans to donate five more wheelchairs to others...

The Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival 2018

26 Jul 2018

The Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival is heading for its 12th celebration this year with Humanity as the central theme, runs from 1 – 18 August at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town. The festival focuses on humanity, women and disability. The objective of the festival is to provide a space and a platform for grassroots communities, women from all walks...

Disablism – an extra burden for South Africa’s most vulnerable children

26 Jul 2018

Johannesburg, 27 June 2018: Dignity is a basic human right. A violation thereof cuts us at our human core. This should motivate us to protect the right to dignity of not only ourselves, but of every person. Yet, according to the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities in South Africa (NCPD), protecting the dignity of South...

‘Black, queer, disabled and brilliant’: Activist hopes to make history in space

26 Jul 2018

Eddie Ndopu wasn’t expected to live past 5 years old. Now, the 27-year-old South African hopes to be the first person with a disability to travel to space. Eddie Ndopu describes himself as “black, queer, disabled and brilliant.” “I embody all of the identities that position me at a disadvantage in society,” he told NBC News....

Social Worker with no arms crowdfunds for her independence

26 Jul 2018

Tinyiko Gwambe (22) originally from Tshilamba, a small town in Limpopo was born with no arms. From a young age she was determined not be held back by her disability and saw her challenges as an opportunity to push herself further and to live her life to the fullest as God intended. “I had to learn early on not play the...

Vodacom launches SMS Emergency Service for the Deaf

26 Jul 2018

Vodacom has announced the launch of the SMS Emergency Service for Deaf, hearing and speech impaired customers in South Africa. The Vodacom 082 112 SMS Emergency Service is free and provided for Vodacom Prepaid, Contract and Top Up customers who are Deaf, hearing and speech impaired. The new Vodacom 082 112 SMS Emergency Service now provides Deaf and...

“Communication makes me fly high”

26 Jul 2018

Just because I cannot speak does not mean I do not have anything to say. I am a person who uses a communication device to have my say after losing my voice when I fell sick at a young age. At the age of 11 years, almost every child dreams of having fun and playing every day. Illness...

Blind student proves nothing is impossible as she graduates from UKZN

26 Jul 2018

Durban – A blind student has proven that not even disability can stop one from succeeding in life. Ntombizodwa Chiya graduated with an Honours in Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday. “Most people who are blind, don’t consider themselves on the same level as able-bodied people. This thinking must stop. We are capable of...

Lofob activist obtains PhD

26 Jul 2018

Growing up in Grassy Park and being an activist for the League of Friends of the Blind (Lofob), Dr Armand Bam is well suited to his role as the current executive director of the organisation. Bam recently obtained his PhD from the University of Cape Town. From a young age he constantly questioned his role in bettering...

Working with persons with schizophrenia and their families

26 Jul 2018

National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities in partnership with YANA (You are Not Alone) SCHIZOPHRENIA can be a deeply distressing condition, both for persons with schizophrenia and for their families and other loved-ones. However, an entity in Pretoria is doing great work with persons with schizophrenia, working with them and their families to understand the condition and...

The need-to-know about ADHD medication abuse

26 Jul 2018

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) stimulants are prescribed by medical professionals to improve concentration, memory and motivation to complete tasks. Without treatment, ADHD symptoms (inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity) can have an adverse impact on one’s social interactions and functioning in the school and work environment. When taken as prescribed, ADHD stimulants are safe and effective. With an accurate diagnosis...

World Haemophilia Day : 17 April

26 Jul 2018

Replacement therapy at young age can avert disability among patients By Dr Naresh Gupta Once considered as a ‘royal’ disease because of its association with the family of Queen Victoria, haemophilia is a blood disorder which mostly affects men. The clotting factors are either very low or completely absent in people with haemophilia (PwH). People...


26 Jul 2018

Mpho Ndebele: The disability sector will be poorer, we lost a champion that was not hesitant to speak out and stand out for the cause of all disabilities even for us parents and our children. We will miss that smile that lighten and brighten the room and that strong walk when you entered the room. We thank God,...

Farewell Mpho Pauline Ndebele

26 Jul 2018

SEPTEMBER 1977- MAY 2018 STATEMENT ON THE PASSING AWAY OF THE ADA DIRECTOR FOR PROGRAMMES AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our Director of Programmes and International Relations, Ms. Mpho Pauline Ndebele. Mpho passed away on Wednesday, 17th May 2018. The Chief Executive Officer of ADA...

Demystifying albinism through art and social work

12 Apr 2018

People with albinism have it rough in Africa, to say the least. There have been instances of kidnappings, maiming, and murder. Such incidents keep on happening because illiterate people believe that an albino’s organs hold magical powers that will be useful in witchcraft potions. What is Albinism and how is it seen in Africa? Albinism is a congenital...

Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit 2018 Takes up the call to ‘be the legacy’

12 Apr 2018

Johannesburg – The clarion call has been sounded and the time is now! More than 100 youth leaders from at least 30 countries will converge in South Africa for what promises to be one of the biggest meetings of young minds to ever come together on the African continent. The 2nd Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit was...

AT Info Mapping Project takes off!

12 Apr 2018

In an effort to redress the information gap on Assistive Technology (AT) in Southern Africa, an Assistive Technology Information Mapping Project (AT-Info-Map), which is being implemented by SAFOD (The Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled) in partnership with the University of Washington, the African Network for Evidence-to-Action in Disability (AfriNEAD), and Dimagi has started off. This innovative project is...


12 Apr 2018

Jason Wilsher Mills is a UK based disabled artist that has recently had his augmented reality sculpture Brave Boy Billy exhibited in London’s Tate Modern gallery, here fellow disabled artist Scott Michael asks him some questions for Thisability Newspaper. Hi Jason, how long have you been a practicing artist and what are your highlights? I graduated in 1992 from...

Lend children with disabilities a hand

12 Apr 2018

When President Cyril Ramaphosa presented his first State of the Nation address in Parliament on February 16, he called up the memory of the recently deceased music legend Hugh Masekela and invited South Africans to “lend a hand”. Social media was alive with requests for the president to #SendMe, in response to this moving call. Unfortunately, children with...

6 Million Steps in the fight against childhood cancer

12 Apr 2018

The incredible journey of a determined South African to make a difference Peter Dunn is embarking on a backbreaking journey to raise awareness and funds for CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA in the fight against childhood cancer. The hike will take a gruelling six million steps to complete over a five-month period in which Peter will test his...

Lilly to support people with diabetes fasting during Ramadan

11 Apr 2018

Educational Conversation Maps supported by Lilly help medical professionals to guide their patients on how to avoid potential complications with diabetes As the holy month of Ramadan draws closer, it is estimated that there are 148 million Muslims with diabetes across the world, of whom over 116 million may fast during Ramadan¹, which starts this year on 17 May...

#WeCareWednesday: Educating SA about autism

11 Apr 2018

Johannesburg – Autism South Africa (A;SA) in collaboration with the Autism Project is encouraging South Africans to expand their knowledge about autism through the Hands on Autism Modules 3 & 4. “We bring you a five-day, intensive HOA 3&4 hosted in three provinces during 2018,” Autism South Africa said. “HOA 3&4 are geared towards all interested in Autism...

SIX CHALLENGES that impede entrepreneurs with disabilities in South Africa

11 Apr 2018

By: Eugine Tafadzwa Maziriri South Africa needs to do more to support people living with disabilities who want to run their own businesses. At present it is hard for them to make a living. Helping them would benefit the broader economy too. Individuals with disabilities make up 15% of the South African population and it’s estimated that 8...

World Down Syndrome Day

11 Apr 2018

What I bring to my community In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly designated 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day.  In adopting the resolution, the UN General Assembly called for “all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the...

Entries open for SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards 2

11 Apr 2018

The 8th Annual SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards and 3rd annual Disability Empowerment Awards are now open for entry and eligible entrepreneurs and businesses are encouraged to enter. The awards carry total prize money of up to R10 million with a first prize of up to R1.3 million. The Social Innovation Awards are aimed at innovators, social...

Poor living conditions and unemployment strongly linked to depression – UCT study reveals

11 Apr 2018

Individuals living in more deprived neighbourhoods in South Africa experience more depressive symptoms than their counterparts in wealthier neighbourhoods. This is according to a recent University of Cape Town (UCT) study published in the journal, BMC Psychiatry. The study, The Association between Neighbourhood Level Deprivation and Depression: evidence from the South African National Income Dynamics Study, found that...

Harambee Buses Accommodate the disabled community

11 Apr 2018

People with disabilities are introduced to the Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network The City of Ekurhuleni introduced people with disabilities to the new Harambee bus infrastructure on March 7. Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality spokesperson Themba Gadebe said comfortability, safety and reliability are what characterises the BRT buses and the dedicated routes on the 1st phase of the Integrated Rapid Public Transport...

World Bipolar Day: March 30

11 Apr 2018

Up the awareness, reduce the stigma – you can make a difference A few years ago, the Sunday Times conducted a special investigation on the state of mental health in South Africa. What the investigation revealed was that around one third of all South Africans have a mental illness and up to 75% of them will not get...


11 Apr 2018

Show your support for Autism Awareness by walking the walk and not just talking the talk, on Saturday, 21 April 2018 at 8am. The 5km walk / run and 10 km run will be taking place along the beachfront promenade, beginning at Natal Mounted Rifles on the corner of Masabalala Yengwa Avenue and Isaaih Tshangase Road. Autism, or Autism...

Decade of the Deaf

11 Apr 2018

When eDeaf was established in 2007 the goal from both Nazreen Captieux-Bhana and Jesse Kotze was clear – How can we help Deaf people to Empower themselves? By Employing and Empowering the Deaf community through training and education, could we make a real difference and assist with employment that integrates the Deaf community into the...

Farewell to a great mind

14 Mar 2018

When Professor Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease aged 21, doctors gave him just three years to live. He defied these odds to become one of the worlds leading physicists. His book Á brief History of Time’ Sold over 10 million copies and he inspired untold millions with his courage and sense of...

Interface KZN

2 Mar 2018

“Everyone deserves to have a voice” Interface KZN is a Non Profit and Public Benefit Organization. The organization has grown considerably over the past 20 years. Our core function is to support and assist children and adults who have little or no functional speech due to disability or disease by providing Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC). We...

Disabled actors to challenge perceptions in Lesotho

2 Mar 2018

10 February 2018 – Actors with Down’s syndrome are travelling to southern Africa to help encourage more opportunities for people with disabilities. The four performers will leave their training base in Cardiff on Saturday and fl y to Lesotho for two weeks. Organisers will work with communities in the country of two million people, encircled by South Africa....

Schools benefi t from Doober App developers

2 Mar 2018

In an eff ort to connect property owners with semi-skilled and vetted workmen, a mobile app called Doober has been created with the intention of creating jobs for unemployed people with basic skills such as painting, paving, plastering, tiling, gardening and carpentry. The app developers recently donated R100 000 to four schools and homes as an outreach to...

Epilepsy Etiquette

2 Mar 2018

What is epilepsy? According to ESA, the condition is neurological and is more common than many realise. Approximately one in 100 South African has epilepsy, which can affect anyone at any age. Seizures are caused by abnormal chemical activity in the brain, but with the help of medication, people with epilepsy can lead normal lives. The condition is...

The deaths of 144 mentally ill patients and South Africa’s constitutional democracy

2 Mar 2018

Since colonial times black South Africans have been accustomed to cruelty, neglect and indifference on the part of successive governments. The apartheid government reduced these brutalities to a fine art form, resulting in the system being declared a crime against humanity. Regrettably, despite its ideological break from the apartheid past, the post-1994 democratic government has also demonstrated a level of cruelty, neglect and indifference that have been alarming. There are...

Defying the limitations od Disability

2 Mar 2018

Cornelius Gudo (18) stands tall as he narrates his ordeal on how he was electrocuted by a naked electric cable at the tender age of nine and consequently lost some toes and his left arm, which had to be amputated following the unfortunate incident. The student at Jairos Jiri at one time thought he would never live to fulfil his dreams...

PROFILE: She Lost Both Hands to a Bomb Blast, Today She Is a Global Icon!

2 Mar 2018

Today, Dr Malvika Iyer, apart from being a bomb blast survivor, is also a social worker, a PhD scholar, an international motivational speaker, a disability rights activist and a Global Shaper under the World Economic Forum. On May 26, 2002, a 13-year-old Malvika decided to fix her torn pair of jeans by sticking the edge with glue. In search of...

Why Mental Health Should be Given a Priority in Africa?

2 Mar 2018

The issue of mental health has been long neglected in Africa. Due to the existing issues such as poverty, child mortality, infectious diseases, and conflicts in the continent, political leaders and development organizations fail to notice the importance of it. Nonetheless, mental health issues are increasingly gaining more attention due to the rise in the...

Microsoft collaborates with Be My Eyes to offer tech support to the blind

2 Mar 2018

The Be My Eyes app was released over three years ago as a form of assistance for the blind and low vision community of people. With the help of live video connections, company representatives and sighted volunteers aim to help these people solve day-to-day tasks like cooking, finding lost items, and more. In recent months, the app...

Meet the Tshwane Community Builder of 2018

2 Mar 2018

The inaugural Tshwane City Awards, presented by Ding Dong Media, were held on the 23rd of February at the State Theatre were Pretorians in music, acting, sports, education and other fields were celebrated for redefining excellency within the city. Dr George Senosha was honoured as the Community Builder of the Year for his tireless efforts having contributed immensely...

Call to corporates to change disability employment stats

20 Feb 2018

Beth Cook, CEO of Progression and disability equity solutions specialist, says this presents a conundrum for corporate South Africa when adhering to employment equity requirements. WHILE most of last year’s matriculants are finalising their futures at institutions of higher learning or securing employment, only a handful of people with disabilities will be doing the same – because only...

Call to corporates to change disability employment stats

20 Feb 2018

Beth Cook, CEO of Progression and disability equity solutions specialist, says this presents a conundrum for corporate South Africa when adhering to employment equity requirements. WHILE most of last year’s matriculants are finalising their futures at institutions of higher learning or securing employment, only a handful of people with disabilities will be doing the same – because only...

PROFILE Enabling Support services for persons with Disabilities

20 Feb 2018

EDWINA Makgamatha knows first-hand the struggles and shame of not being able to access services because of a disability. This is why she decided to start a business that helps those like her to easily receive medical supplies like catheters in the comfort of their homes with her business Thusanang Enabling Support Services. She co-runs the business with...

Challenges of mental Illness

20 Feb 2018

By Thuthula Sodumo When Mihlali Jojo’s father passed away in 2013 when she was only 19 years old, she thought that was the end of her life too. She was despondent and suicidal. “I was diagnosed with depression after my father’s death. I was hospitalised, then some psychiatric tests were done. They came back and it turned...


20 Feb 2018

Entrepreneurship is one of the most noble, yet challenging career paths, one that is not necessarily suited to everyone. When you have been a successful entrepreneur with an impressive track record in venture capital, property development, and investment industries, letting go is perhaps the most difficult thing to do. Joerg Duske, a retired businessman, who is now a...

5 Ideas to Improve the Lives of People with Disabilities in Africa

20 Feb 2018

According to UN statistics, an estimated 80 million people with a disability live in Africa. Disability in Africa is caused by many factors, including malnutrition, disease, birth defects, poor prenatal care and general health care, civil war and conflict and accidents (primarily road accidents). According to a World Health Organization source, disability is more common among adults who are...

Clothes2Good ‘Bag-it -4-Madiba’ supported by Media24

20 Feb 2018

‘Clothes to Good’ and Media 24 embarked on a ‘Bag-it – 4-Madiba’ project. The aim was to empower people with disabilities and sustain the project past the 67 minutes on Mandela day. A spirited group of people from the Association of People with Disabilities Kopano (APD Kopano – Bloemfontein) were trained and they produced 1000 pencil cases. You...

Headaches can lead to absenteeism from work

20 Feb 2018

A study found that migraine and tension-type headaches are among the most common causes of lost work time. In a developing economy such as South Africa a healthy work force is vital for future growth. It is therefore not only necessary, but vital to identify causes of absenteeism amongst working-age adults. A study found that not only are...

OMASA to Host Low Vision Conference

20 Feb 2018

The Orientation and Mobility Organisation of South Africa (OMASA) is presenting a not to be missed LOW VISION CONFERENCE, 19 – 21 FEBRUARY 2018, for ALL professionals working in the field of low vision, persons affected by low vision, their families and other interested parties and will be held at Padre Pio, 25 Kort Street, RietValleiRand (25◦51’11.10” S 28◦16’13.06”...

Op-Ed: Under siege – the need to protect social grants in South Africa

20 Feb 2018

The drafters of the Constitution were aware that there would be competing claims for delivery of equally pressing socio-economic rights after apartheid. They were anxious that the competing nature of these claims be debated in a transparent manner. These are very necessary debates in a country in which wealth is accumulating as rapidly as poverty is deepening. By HOPOLANG...


20 Feb 2018

“When you are in my condition there is no room for self-pity. You just have to live life to the fullest and to the best of your ability,” these are the words of double amputee Bazibi Osupile of Marapong village 70 kilometres west of Francistown. 68-year-old Bazibi, who lost his legs to cancer ten years ago, has...

OPINION: The abilities of those with disabilities

20 Feb 2018

“Recently, I returned from Japan, attending a course on Capacity Development of Leaders with Disabilities for UNCRPD (UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) Implementation from September 28 to November 8, 2017. We were a group of eight, from different cultures of different countries, yet sharing similar lifestyles of the fact that we are persons with...

ReelAbilities festival to include work on online dating for the blind

20 Feb 2018

“We need to be allowed to run into things and fall if we have to. It teaches us, and it teaches society as well.” So says Nefertiti Matos in “Blind Date,” a documentary by a fi lmmaker from Houston that follows three blind New Yorkers as they face challenges the digital age brings in their search for love....

Timion – A Helping hand for Bay’s kids with disabilities

20 Feb 2018

WHAT started off as a small project in a couple’s backyard is now a well-established non-profit organisation, which has helped hundreds of disabled children in Nelson Mandela Bay and Uitenhage by manufacturing and distributing high-quality handmade wooden disability equipment free of charge to families from impoverished backgrounds. Timion was started in November 2006 by Swiss orthoptist Daniel...

Indian Scientists Identify Gene Cluster that Causes Learning Disability

20 Feb 2018

New Delhi (Sputnik): According to a research paper published by EBioMedicine journal, Indian scientists led by Subrata Sinha and Nandini Chatterjee Singh of the National Brain Research Centre (NBRC) have chanced upon a strong correlation between certain variations in the gene cluster called protocadherin gamma and dyslexia after studying three generations of a multi-incident family in the western state...

At last, some hope for injured workers

20 Feb 2018

Compensation Fund starts to work properly again By Pete Lewis Attempts to fix the bottleneck of claims to the Worker’s Compensation Fund are finally showing results, with pension pay-outs for permanently disabled cases more than doubling in three years. The Fund pays compensation and medical bills for workers who are injured or contract diseases due to their work....

Cell C donates Wheelchairs to Forest Town

20 Feb 2018

A request for four motorized wheelchairs and an eye gaze system by Forest Town School was made possible as a handover recently took place at the school! This handover was done by Cell C that rallied a fundraiser together with a non-profit organisation, Angel Network, to fulfi l the needs of the school. Angel Network contacted the...

Legacy of Exclusion: Disability & Education in South Africa

20 Feb 2018

More than half a million children with disabilities of school-going age in South Africa cannot access any form of education, according to Human Rights Watch. Health-e News Service’s latest documentary, Legacy of Exclusion, investigates access to education for disabled children in South Africa and reveals the devastating impact a lack of access can have on both disabled youth and their parents. Education is...

Observing the Louise Braille Program

20 Feb 2018

In the month of January, blind people all over the world hold programs to honour Louis Braille through whom information access is now possible. The fourth of January marks the observance of World Braille Day. The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) – a faith based socio-welfare and educational organisation which for the last 42...

A man with an unbreakable spirit

8 Nov 2017

By Thabiso Molopo David Nhlapo, who is paraplegic, saw a need to start an NGO, Victorious David Foundation so he can inspire those who have lost hope on daily basis anywhere in the country.The forever smiling man will be launching the foundation later this year. “Victorious David Foundation will focus more on improving the lives...

UCT hosts international congress to highlight child and adolescent mental health and autism in Africa

8 Nov 2017

The University of Cape Town’s Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry hosted the first ever International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) on African soil – in conjunction with the 19th Congress of the South African Association for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (SA-ACAPAP). The congress, which took place in early September 2017 at...

Genes Day for Down syndrome

8 Nov 2017

THEME: SOCIAL COHESION- “your fit is unique” A clarion call goes out to all to support the National Day dedicated to Down syndrome Awareness. On Friday, 20th October our country is asked to show solidarity with persons born with Down syndrome. Down syndrome (DS) is the most common occurring chromosomal condition caused by an extra...

Appreciate your bones on World Osteoporosis Day

8 Nov 2017

On 20 October, the globe will celebrate World Osteoporosis Day and calls on everyone to love their bones and protect their future. Affecting nearly 33% of women and 25% of men, Osteoporosis is an underdiagnosed and undertreated silent disease. Being the only non-profit, voluntary health organisation dedicated to promoting lifelong bone health in South Africa,...

Shared Spaces must be safe

8 Nov 2017

October 15 marked the White Cane Safety Day, a day to raise public awareness about safety and independence for persons with blindness and partial sight. The white cane is the most common mobility aid used by blind and partially sighted people in the world. It is recognized worldwide as a symbol of freedom, independence, and...

Beauty has no boundaries: First Miss Wheelchair World breaks down barriers for disabled women

8 Nov 2017

The world’s first Miss Wheelchair World was held in Poland recently. Aleksandra Chichikova was crowned the first ever Miss Wheelchair World. “Fight your anxiety and your fears,” said Aleksandra, a 23-year-old psychology student, after clinching the title. Lebohang Monyatsi from South Africa was runner-up ahead of Poland’s Adrianna Zawadzinska. The competition, organised by a Polish...

SAFOD trains UNCRPD Monitoring

8 Nov 2017

16 October 2017, Johannesburg – The Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) had a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) Monitoring and Reporting training session which was attended by 8 of its affiliate federations from South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia. The workshop was also...

Inequalities in Access to Genetic Testing Services for Inherited Retinal Disease highlighted by Global Patient Group on World Sight Day

8 Nov 2017

On World Sight Day, October 12th 2017, Retina International together with its 43 member organisations and interested groups sent a RED ALERT to health policy makers, calling on them to provide access to and reimbursement of Genetic Testing Services for Inherited Retinal Disease (IRDs) and Rare Eye Disease (REDs). IRDs and REDs must be considered...

Picture Perfect

8 Nov 2017

A chance meeting with a photographer who encourage her to do a photoshoot has opened doors for a Durban based model. She was recently the face of the Durban Fashion Fair. Regina-Mary Ndlovu from THISABILITY Newspaper caught up with her recently. Tell us about yourself and how you got into modelling? My name is Nontobeko...

Miss SA speaks about her experience with depression

8 Nov 2017

By Claire Keeton | Oct 10, 2017 Medical doctor Ade van Heerden will not only represent South Africa at the Miss World competition next month‚ she hopes to put a psychiatric hospital on the Cape Flats on the map. The Miss South Africa 2017 runner-up spoke at Lentegeur hospital in Mitchells Plain recently where various...

Marc Brew dancing against all odds

8 Nov 2017

Confined to a wheelchair, noted Australian dancer and choreographer Marc Brew performs all around the world to show that everyone can dance with or without a disability. Before going back to the United States, dancer Marc Brew gave dance lessons to teenagers during a workshop on Sunday afternoon at Teater Jakarta in the Taman Ismail...


8 Nov 2017

R1.3-million awarded to first place winner The 24 winners of the SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards 2017 were announced in Johannesburg on Monday evening, 23 October 2017. The SAB Foundation has awarded over R9 million to these incredible small businesses. Disability Empowerment Award Winners GreenABLE and Brownies& Downies were announced joint first...

World Mental Health Celebrations

8 Nov 2017

10 October 2017 – World Mental Health day was commemorated by social workers from the Phoenix office of the Durban and Coastal Mental Health. The day started with placards demonstration outside the Starwood Psychiatric Clinic (Department of Social Development building) with mental health care users, their family members and staff of the clinic. This initiative...

Black people don’t get ADHD

8 Nov 2017

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects all ages and sectors of the population equally, say experts in the field – and myths and misconceptions to the contrary are a barrier to diagnosis. Diagnostic biases in the US show almost 12% diagnosis in white children, while only 6-8% for Latino and African American children respectively. And...

The Western Cape takes double gold at the National Nkosi Albert Luthuli Young Historians’ Awards

8 Nov 2017

Dayyaan Edries, a Grade 10 learner from Vista Nova High School and his teacher Ms. Pertunia Mutheiwana, won the National Young Historians’ Award which was held at the Department of Basic Education in Pretoria from 29th September to 2nd October 2017. Sixty four Grade 8 – 11 Social Sciences/ History learners and twelve teachers from...

Mental Illness an Increasingly Unbearable Burden for South African Economy

8 Nov 2017

The Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health calls for investment into mental healthcare the World Mental health Day. IN anticipation of World Mental health Day (WMHD) on 10 October 2017, the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental health hosted a roundtable discussion on Economy, Equality & Access to Mental Health Services at...

Park Inn by Radisson Newlands teaches sign language during #Signtember

8 Nov 2017

September is the international month for the deaf with International Week of the Deaf observed annually during the last week of September, culminating with International Day of the Deaf on the last Sunday of the week. To assist in increasing awareness about the deaf community, Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands continued its successful...

SATMA Nominee advocates for albinism

4 Sep 2017

Andile Ngcobo aka Dj MC Pholobas got a nod from the Zulu King and the first lady, Mrs Sizakele MaKhumalo-Zuma when he launched Masiqoqane Albinism Foundation in September 2016. King Zwelithini sent his son, Prince Mbonisi Zulu, to represent the Royal House – adding weight to the advocacy aspirations of the young visionary. Prince Mbonisi...

A take on Xenophobia

4 Sep 2017

Story by Vanda Joubert Touched by the unthinkable acts of xenophobia happening in South Africa, various dance groups have reached out to each other with the intention of breaking the borders between their countries, to connect and look at the future together. The collaboration, Breaking Boarders, starts with the question, “Who am I as an...

Restoring Dignity for Girl Learners

4 Sep 2017

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) staff under the leadership of Honourable Speaker Thandi Ruth Modise, who is the Chairperson of NCOP, contributed towards donating 200 sanitary towels to sixty girls at Dominican School for the Deaf in Wittebome on Mandela Day. This project was coordinated by Miss Bandisiwe Cabangana-Mnyanda, an NCOP official in partnership...

Understanding Deafblindness

4 Sep 2017

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. Residential facilities...

Demystifying Disability

4 Sep 2017

As an inspirational speaker, author and workshop facilitator Lois speaks openly about the reality of being blind and inspires her audience 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 storytelling, Lois’s audiences will: Gain deeper...


4 Sep 2017

The gift of empowering blind, visually impaired and otherwise print disable persons in South Africa This submission is made to endorse the written submission made on 30 June 2017 focusing particularly on Section 19D, exceptions and limitations for blind, visually impaired and other persons with print disability. The presentation concentrates on the impact of not...

Students with disabilities disadvantaged at higher education level

4 Sep 2017

By Marelise van der Merwe It has been widely reported that at school level, children with disabilities face serious barriers to accessing education. But at tertiary level the picture isn’t much better, with 80% of potential students with disabilities not attending a tertiary institution. It may be time to get a lot more creative in...

Disability Etiquette

4 Sep 2017

By Thuthula Sodumo Many people are not familiar with disability and this makes it hard for them to relate and interact with people with disabilities. Disability is not a one size fits all. Some disabilities are not visible – such as mental disabilities. It is an individual issue so when assisting someone you must always...

“I care about this centre”

4 Sep 2017

By Thabiso Molopo Gogo Emma Mbokane runs Zenzeleni Stimulation Centre in Siyabuswa B, Mpumalanga where they take care and teach 38 persons with disability from Monday to Friday. The centre, which Gogo started alone in 1997 at her house has 3 rooms at the moment; one for office use, the other for classes and the...

When disability makes you stronger

4 Sep 2017

By Sihle Khumalo “Never let your disability hold you back from achieving your goals” This is the view of Michael Proctor-Packer, who, on June 12, 1983, went to his part-time job at a Middelburg butchery in Mpumalanga to make some pocket money. Around 8am, he slipped and his right hand entered a mechanical mincing machine...

Quick meals for you!

4 Sep 2017

By Thabiso Molopo Access A Meal is a quick meal that was created by Guy Crankshaw to make sure that persons with disability who miss their meals will at least have something to eat on a daily basis. Guy, who himself is an amputee says he realised that many persons with disabilities who live independently...

Digital Media Training for blind students

4 Sep 2017

The KwaZulu Natal Blind and Deaf Society (KZNBDS) recently had twenty of their members undertake a digital media training course at their head office in Durban. The digital training is an initiative from Media24 under the platform called WeCan24 – a mobile based digital school and youth news network developed by Media24 helping youth to...

Dynamic role models speak out

12 Jul 2017

By Regina-Mary Ndlovu The three personalities featured here all have albinism and are breaking the silence of the struggles that persons with albinism are facing in our society- by raising awareness and campaigning to stop discrimination and the killing of persons with albinism. Based in Johannesburg and Pretoria, these stars share their stories, determination and...

Disability and Dating

12 Jul 2017

By Thuthula Sodumo It seems like every time someone asks me about dating they are not expecting me to say “Yes I am dating”. It shocks them every time and without tact from their side they will always ask, ”But how do you have sex?…What does your family say? Are they happy about it?? These questions go on...

TETA empowers Rivoni school for the blind in Limpopo

12 Jul 2017

The Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) sponsored Rivoni School for the Blind in Njhaka-Njhaka Village, in Limpopo Province, with a braille embosser machine. The recent official handover ceremony became a demonstration of talent, bravery and brilliance of the learners with their performances of gumboots dance, and traditional and classical choral music received by the audience with boisterous applause....

Able mothering for mothers with disability

12 Jul 2017

By Kgomotso Meso “Congratulations, you are pregnant!” Those words would bring joy to any woman whose hopes for raising a family had looked slim. Motherhood is one of the most selfless joys that God grant to women. However, it can be a Catch-22 for women with a disability in a society that still sees “disability” as taboo. Against the...

Making lemonade out of the lemons of adversity

12 Jul 2017

By Thabiso Molopo SKS Business Solutions is a construction company that offers services in civil works and access control. Based in Khanda Industrial Park, Roodepoort, the company employs 28 permanent staff and 50 casuals in three locations – Rustenburg in North West, Amersfoort in Mpumalanga and Roodepoort, Gauteng. The power behind SKS is founder and director, Siphiwe Zwane, who is...

App to assist in the fight against cancer

12 Jul 2017

Can you imagine if those fighting cancer could use their cell phones to help beat the disease? The possibility is closer than you think, but your help is needed to make it a reality. Cancer fighters could soon be armed with medically supported tools and content to help increase their survival rate, now that the prototype for...

OPINION: Being an invisible employee in the work place

12 Jul 2017

By Mncedisi Mdunyelwa During the past two decades, the situation of professionals with disabilities has changed. We have expanded our career aspirations. As blind people, for example, we are no longer confined to basket making, switchboard operating, music or law. We have seen the integration of people with visual impairment into different fields, such as social work, physiotherapy, education,...

eDEAF celebrates a decade of changing lives

12 Jul 2017

June 2017 marks a decade of success for eDEAF, a proudly Deaf led organisation that off ers training courses and learnership programs to empower Deaf communities for business. Established in 2007 by Nazereen Captieux-Bhana (a profoundly Deaf community role model) and Jesse Kotze (a hearing member of one of South Africa’s largest Deaf families), eDEAF made South African history...

Vega students beat the clock in design competition

12 Jul 2017

To bring out the best in budding design geniuses, the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) gave Vega students 12 hours to design its new logo in a Design Jam. The 77-year-old Council changed its name from the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa last year but a new name,...

Celebration at the crown gospel awards

12 Jul 2017

The Carnival City in Johannesburg recently hosted the Crown Gospel Blestival to commemorate 10 years of the Crown Gospel Awards. A variety of gospel acts praised and worshipped in a showcase that debuted the gospel theatrical play, Maria. One of the headlining acts was Sgwili Zuma, a gospel artist with albinism. THISABILITY met up with him for a recap...

SAB foundation offering assistance to the job market

11 Jul 2017

The SAB Foundation has formed a partnership with HeePD (Hub Employment Ecosystems for People with Disabilities), with a contribution of R2 100 000. Launched in February 2017, HeePD seeks to benefi t people with disabilities by creating a Hub ecosystem that provides employment, enterprise and innovation, including job prospects and placements for corporate partners. “HeePD came in to...

Wings for life world run raises millions for spinal injury research

11 May 2017

Centurion, 7 May 2017 – Thousands of South Africans took part in the fourth Wings for Life World Run in Pretoria contributing to over R100 million (€6.8 million) raised to help find a cure for spinal cord injury. A global movement uniting over 155,000 runners (25 organised locations and 86 app run locations) this year,...

Life after a spinal cord injury

11 May 2017

“Life after a spinal cord injury is like relearning, reliving and restarting your mind, body and soul. It is a road filled with tears, despondency, anger, regret and willpower. Everything changes; it’s not the fact that you are doing things sitting down or that it takes ten times the effort than before. Everything takes time. The...

Tsogo Sun Duke of Ed­inburgh Cup supports ECD

11 May 2017

Charity is at the he­art of the prestigious Tsogo Sun Duke of Edi­nburgh Cup golf tour­nament, representing the South African leg of the Duke of Ed­inburgh Cup, which is played annually in 10 countries with the global aim to enc­ourage sportsmanship. This year, in honour of the Cup, Tsogo Sun will be sponsoring the installation of...

Fit is the New It

11 May 2017

Fit is the New It is a fundraising event for Deaf women who are beneficiaries of the Deaf Women Economic Emancipation Program (DWEEP) which was launched in 2014 by the Tshepiso Mokoena Foundation. The main objective of the Women Economic Emancipation Program is to empower unemployed Deaf women and young women who aspire to become...

South Africa ranked one of Africa’s top entrepreneurial nations

11 May 2017

South Africa has been named one of sub-Saharan Africa’s entrepreneurial frontrunners, after a global report placed the country in second place, after African counterpart Botswana. According to the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of South Africa: A Strategy for Global Leadership Report, researched and produced by the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (GEDI) – a research organisation that...

Barkzz Foundation on #DonateAWheelchair Road trip

11 May 2017

By focusing on assisting individuals with disabilities not affiliated to organisations, Barkzz Foundation is using the #DonateAwheelchair to sensitize communities on access challenges. The campaign is a countrywide effort by founder, Lloyd Barkzz Babedi, who is using multimedia channels to get wheelchair donations to hand over to anyone in need. With the assistance of Nissan South Africa,...

Extensive social grants failing to end malnutrition – researchers say

11 May 2017

South Africa’s social protection system has expanded dramatically since 1994. Almost one-third of South Africans, and more than half of all households in some provinces, now receive at least one social grant from the state. The largest of these social assistance schemes is the Child Support Grant (CSG), which reachesmore than 11 million children –...

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) World Congress 2017

11 May 2017

More than 2,300 delegates from 77 countries packed into the Cape Town International Convention Centre for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) World Congress 2017. More than 155 internationally renowned experts presented at the annual event on a wide range of issues affecting women’s healthcare globally. The cutting edge scientific programme, which featured...

This One Group in Society Is Probably the Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

11 May 2017

We can easily picture how our lives are going to be affected by climate change: Extreme bouts of heat, rising sea levels and an increase in natural disasters are just some of the challenges we will face. Now imagine you’re disabled. If you’re able-bodied, that thought has probably never crossed your mind. The National Council...

Should adults with ADHD have caffeine?

11 May 2017

Caffeine is the most commonly consumed stimulant. It provides an increase in mental focus (we like to believe) – like the cup of coffee before work for a boost of alertness or to fight fatigue during the day. Caffeine affects everyone differently and conditions like ADHD may interact with caffeine. While the right amount of caffeine...

Mental Healthcare Integration Is Possible

11 May 2017

In the wake of the Life Esidimeni tragedy that saw more than 100 mentally ill patients lose their lives, World Health Day on 7 April 2017 was significant for the South African mental healthcare community with the year’s theme focussing on depression. The World Health Organization estimates that the total number of people living with...

Hope-Mandeville Disability Careers Expo

11 May 2017

The sixth annual occurrence of the popular Hope-Mandeville Disability Careers Expo took place at Hope School, Westcliff, Johannesburg, on 19 & 20 April 2017. A joint venture by Hope School and Mandeville Disability Swimming, the annual event’s focus is to help launch youngsters with disabilities into careers that are right for them [in jobs, learnerships...

UberASSIST pilots in CT for those with special access needs

11 May 2017

Accessibility should be available for all; everyone should have ways and means to navigate around their own city, but when one has special needs, getting from A to B can be far more challenging. That’s why Uber has launched a new pilot in Cape Town called uberASSIST. uberASSIST is a new option that caters for...

End Violence Against Children – Run Or Walk At The Zoo And Join The Global Movement

11 May 2017

World Vision South Africa will be hosting its first ever It Takes a World to End Violence Against Children 5.5km Run/Walk at the Johannesburg Zoo on Saturday, 13 May 2017. Starting at 7:30am, the run or walk is open to the entire family, with all proceeds going towards the protection of vulnerable children across the country – entry fees...

Class of 2017: Reflections

11 May 2017

Thuthula Sodumo “I have always thought I knew everything there is about disability. I thought I was the strongest person I know but after the 27th April 2017, I am forever changed and more than convinced that life is made of little miracles that visit us at certain points in our lives and usually these...

Department of Justice launches National Dialogue to address Gender-based and Sexual Violence in South Africa

11 May 2017

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) supports the launch of an integrated and comprehensive National Dialogue by the South African Department of Justice and Constitutional Development with key stakeholders in an effort to address Gender-Based and Sexual Violence in the country. The development comes after a roundtable discussion held on the 1 March 2017,...

A step in the right direction

11 May 2017

Moving Into Dance Mophatong (MID) has taken a step towards inclusivity in the arts by creating a specialised contemporary dance programme annually in their studios in Newtown, Johannesburg running from October to December. The programme aims to bridge the gap between able bodied people and persons with disabilities who have a passion for dancing. The programme...

Media24 and THISABILITY Build Future Skills Together

11 May 2017

The Media24-THISABILITY Newspaper Skills Programme is in its second year running. The aim is to attract different voices from across South Africa, equip the voices with basic journalism skills from media trainers, Frayintermedia. The project, kindly sponsored by Media24, is managed by Lizeka Mda, a media practitioner with vast experience spanning over 30 years. Each year,...

Shock at the death of 94 mental health patients

27 Feb 2017

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, is shocked and horrified at the death of 94 mental health patients in Gauteng and calls for immediate action to protect persons with mental disabilities under South African and international law. The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria is shocked and...

Savings in mental health care costs lives

24 Feb 2017

With 94+ patients dead and more displaced, the Health Ombudsman calls for justice. The release of the Health Ombudsman, Professor Makgoba’s report into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of mentally ill patients in the Gauteng province has triggered an outcry. Attention has been focused on the horrific treatment of mentally ill patients after the closure of...

#OperationRehab offers hope to 1,000 disabled South Africans

24 Feb 2017

In South Africa, a company’s CSR initiative is offering hope to thousands of people living with disabilities. According to a Statistics South Africa report based on the last census, over 2.8 million people have some form of disability in South Africa alone and around 600,000 are listed as severely disabled. The first beneficiary of #OperationRehab has returned to South Africa with...

Anti-malaria pesticides causing congenital disabilities

23 Feb 2017

Research by the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC) has discovered that conventional methods for controlling malaria (DDT and other common insecticides) leads to endocrine disruption, which means that it interferes with hormones in the human body. Worldwide, the use of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, of DDT is controversial. “DDT is known to potentially cause health...

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