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Amavulandlela Funding Scheme

Overview The Amavulandlela Funding Scheme offers South African persons with disabilities an opportunity to enter the mainstream economy by accessing credit facilities ranging from R50 000 to a maximum of R15-million to build qualifying entrepreneurial enterprises. The fund was established solely for entrepreneurs with disabilities in response to high levels of poverty and unemployment among …

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Entries open for SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards

Applications for the 12th annual SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards and 7th annual Disability Empowerment Awards are open for entry. Entrepreneurs and innovators who have developed products and services that assist the country’s most vulnerable communities including women, youth, people living with disabilities and those living in rural areas are strongly encouraged to apply. Prizes …

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Muscular dystrophy has not stopped these gamers from following their passion

These 3 gamers jam video games regularly despite having the same disability; muscular dystrophy (MD), which is a group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. In muscular dystrophy, abnormal genes (mutations) interfere with the production of proteins needed to form healthy muscle. However, these gamers with disabilities didn’t let muscular …

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Zozibini Tunzi styled by Thobeka Mbane and assisted by Julienne M’Poko during a Hayani Creative shoot in 2021

Thobeka Mbane is the stylist behind the iconic Elsa Majimbo x Maison Valentino collaboration that wowed the fashion scene in 2021. It was a campaign that had everyone talking. Apart from the social media darling, Elsa, getting her first “big bag” with a luxury brand, it was a big career moment for those behind the …

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Why Managers Are Vital to Supporting Disabled People Back Into The Workforce

Written by Jermaine Haughton, The Chartered Management Institute UK Unemployment is high for disabled people – but vocational rehabilitation services and flexible managers will help change that. Employers are missing out on millions of talented and qualified people with a disability, who offer skills that would add to their team’s productivity and performance. Worsened by …

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Firms ‘lose trillions’ by ignoring disabled consumers

Source: BBC News Some of the world’s biggest firms have signed up to a campaign which aims to tackle prejudice towards disabled people in the business world. Companies with combined sales of more than $8 trillion and 20 million staff, including Apple, BP and Coca-Cola have joined the Valuable 500 initiative. But founder Caroline Casey …

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Stricter penalties for discrimination proposed in new draft law – what you need to know

The proposed changes are outlined in an amendment Bill for the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (Pepuda), and were published by the Department Of Justice And Constitutional Development last week. Under the proposed new law: Neither the State nor any person may unfairly discriminate against any person based on race, religion, gender …

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Innovative wheelchair features easier movement for those living with disabilities

Written by Liam Ngobeni for Pretoria News Aged just 27, Ernest Mongezi Majenge has come up with an innovative wheelchair to help people living with disabilities move around more easily. This comes after he witnessed the struggle most went through daily in wheelchairs. The Wheelchair Doctor Majenge’s innovative idea to redesign wheelchairs came to the …

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