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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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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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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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Nerves that sense touch may play a role in autism

“More than 70% of people with autism have differences in their sensory perception,” said study author Sung-Tsang Hsieh, M.D., Ph.D., of National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. “For some people, even a light touch can feel unbearable while others may not even notice a cut on their foot. If larger studies can confirm these results, it is possible that further insight into the peripheral nervous system could help us understand how this disorder develops and potentially light the way for treating these distressing sensory symptoms that most people with autism experience.”

Deaf community hails new children’s book

The story of friendship brings inclusion and diversity into children’s literature, while highlighting the fight to officially recognise sign language in South Africa. Mpumi and Jabu’s Magical Day is a recently released children’s book by Lebohang Masango, a social anthropologist and the author of Mpumi’s Magic Beads,and Claudine Storbeck, the director and associate professor of the Centre …

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Nathaniel Julies’ murder shows need for mental health training for police officers

The senseless murder of Eldorado Park teenager Nathaniel Julies calls for a wider conversation around managing people with intellectual disabilities or mental health disorders. According to the South African Federation for Mental Health, the shooting highlights the need for police officers to be trained on mental health conditions. Irresponsible policing Julies, who was born with …

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

Changing the way the world thinks about disability: In a story of hope and triumph, Paralympians from around the world show that disability is not an inability. “Rising Phoenix” a Netflix documentary tells the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games. From the rubble of World War II to the third biggest sporting event on the …

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Deaf people lose houses to land occupation

Khayelitsha occupation divides community leadership About 30 plots in Kuyasa reserved for deaf residents have been occupied. The plots had stood vacant because of long delays in getting housing subsidies. Community leaders promoting the occupation are accused of greed and selfishness. The illegal occupation of nearly 90 plots belonging to people waiting for housing subsidy …

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