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Mandeville Para Swimming Club is ready to conquer The Midmar Mile

Written by Paddy Slattery, Director of Mandeville Para Swimming Club The Midmar Mile is widely recognised as the world’s largest open-water swimming event. It’s usually held every February at Midmar Dam, near Howick in KwaZulu-Natal. Thousands of swimmers from across the world flock to the event, which attracts everyone from serious Olympic-standard competitors to more …

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Covid-19: An accelerant for inclusion in the workplace

By Gcobisa Ntshona, Human Resources Director at LexisNexis South Africa As we embrace a new way of working, considering the perspectives and circumstances of your entire workforce – including people who might otherwise have been excluded or marginalised – has fast become one of the most crucial aspects of a company’s survival in these trying …

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How to stop tokenism of disability in the workforce

This article was written by HR News Approximately 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability but only 2-4% have disabilities which cause significant difficulties functioning, yet disabled people are over a third less likely to be employed than non-disabled people, according to HR News. It’s probable this will have multiplied as …

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Wheelchair tennis player Kgothatso ‘KG’ Montjane is Discovery Vitality’s latest ambassador

Story by Dylan Rogers for Sports Industry Group In the process she joins fellow ambassadors Chad le Clos, Caster Semenya, Wayde van Niekerk, and Lucas Radebe. Montjane was born with a congenital birth defect that affected both her hands and feet, resulting in an amputation below the left knee at the age of 12. She …

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Epilepsy in the workplace: know your rights as an employee and an employer

Some people worry that telling an employer about their epilepsy might affect their chance of getting a job or being treated fairly at work. Although discrimination can happen, the Employment Equity act aims to protect you from discrimination, and help your employer to treat you fairly and support you at work. Having the right information …

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Toyota’s #DriveBetter campaign raises funds to promote personal mobility for disabled youth

Toyota South Africa decided to make a difference by launching #DriveBetter – a campaign that makes it possible for good drivers to score points that are converted to Rands and then donated to charity.   “It’s common knowledge that South Africa has an annual road death toll that is significantly higher than the world average, and …

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Epilepsy Awareness Week – show your support and shake off the Covid blues

International Epilepsy Day will be celebrated on 8 February 2021 followed by National Epilepsy Week running until Valentine’s Day, offering an opportunity to shake off your Covid blues! Bring the Flame into your World Epilepsy South Africa will launch a new Facebook effect on 8 February featuring our mascot Flame.  Follow the Epilepsy SA Facebook …

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World Cancer Day – Prioritise Your Health

On World Cancer Day, 4 February, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) encourages people to set and achieve personal goals enabling them to lower cancer risk and for cancer patients to optimise health, especially in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been all consuming, however, cancer control needs to remain a priority

A WE CAN award for the DJ who certainly can

By Samantha Malebana for ThisAbility A house, deep house and Afro music DJ has been awarded a We Can Arts Festival award for his contribution to the entertainment industry beyond his disability. Siyanda Makanya (42), also known as DJ Kabila, from Mthatha, Eastern Cape won the award at the festival that was held in Durban late last year. Makanya told ThisAbility that winning this award fuelled him …

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