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SA-born athlete runs 104 marathons in 104 days, set for Guinness World Record

South African-born runner Jacky Hunt-Broersma, who lost her leg to cancer, is now set to be entered into the Guinness World Record books after completing 104 marathons in as many days. Hunt-Broersma began her challenge in mid-January, running around 42 kilometers a day, according to a report by the BBC. She currently resides in Arizona, …

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Life Hacks or Activism? A Key Question for People with Disabilities

When people with disabilities face the many kinds of problems common to the disability community, they are faced with a choice. It’s a critical choice with enormous implications. But it’s a choice rarely discussed in any coherent way. It’s often made more by habit, temperament, and instinct than by careful consideration. The choice is whether …

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24-Year-Old Model Accomplishes Her Dream of Becoming Victoria’s Secret’s First Model with Down Syndrome

I think we all agree that fashion designers have always chosen gorgeous, traditionally attractive, and able-bodied models to showcase their clothing on the catwalk and other less traditional fashion events. These models have set high standards to be more graceful than the average person and have actively played a role in establishing a discrepancy between …

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10 Fascinating Facts about Kwa-Zulu Natal You Didn’t Know

Fact #1: KwaZulu Natal is home to the World’s Oldest & Largest Marathon The Comrades Marathon is the largest and oldest marathon in the world and takes place between Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KZN and Durban, the largest city in KZN. Fact #2: KwaZulu Natal is where the Aliwal Shoal is Located This shoal can be found about …

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How to modify your home to accommodate disability

Your previously ideal home may need modification if you or your family members are unexpectedly disabled. How should this be done? A home can quickly become an obstacle course when new disabilities affect your life. Stairs, doorways, passages, bathrooms, and doorknobs may become overwhelming challenges, and some surfaces may suddenly be hazardous. Fortunately, there are ways …

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Are story buildings designed to be accessible for disabled people during an emergency?

According to Stat SA, approximately 3 million people in South Africa live with disabilities. A disability can be defined as any condition of the body or mind (impairment) that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities (activity limitations) and interact with the world around them (participation restriction) Challenges …

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Four ways to protect your mental health during South Africa’s third wave

July is Mental Health Awareness Month and as we endure the third wave of Covid-19 in South Africa, there has never been a better time to focus on mental well-being. The stress, anxiety and isolation resulting from yet another lockdown are taking a toll on everyone. Experience tells us that this too shall pass, but …

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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