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Universal Children’s Day is an opportunity to create awareness on the importance of all children, including those living with a disability and to reflect on where society has failed them, says Lusito School principal, Deolinda Molina.

“As we celebrate Universal Children’s Day on November 20, let us remember that children are the future leaders of our world and only with our guidance, care, and nurturing, can they positively change our society. Unfortunately, children living with disabilities are often not seen or are forgotten in the eyes of society,” says Molina.

The 2006 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities establishes that children with long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments should enjoy the same human rights and freedoms as other children. The Convention further explains, in all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration, with children living with disabilities having the right to express their views freely on all matters affecting them.

The purpose of Universal Children’s Day is to highlight the progress being made towards the realisation and promotion of rights of children, whilst the South African government also declared the first Saturday of November as National Children’s Day, aimed at protecting them against abuse and violence.

But Molina says the lived reality of children living with disabilities is far from ideal.

“Due to the lack of data and research on child disability, not only in this country, but the world as a whole, the creation of effective policies and programmes that could be aimed at bettering the children’s lives is lacking. Add to that the stigma they have to put up with, and lack of infrastructure and resources that make navigating everyday life that much more difficult,” Molina explains.

Molina further explains that violence against children has a severe impact on South Africa’s economy.

“A report by Save the Children, says that the estimated economic value of disability-adjusted life years lost due to violence against children (including fatal and non-fatal) in 2015 totalled R202 billion.”

To lessen the load children living with disabilities faced, and create a conducive environment where learners could feel accepted, the Lusito Association, in 1979 launched the Lusito School, an establishment committed to improving the lives of differently abled children, with a mission of equipping each learner with the best possible skills to allow them to effectively progress through their lives.

“As Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF said: ‘All children have hopes and dreams including children with disabilities. All children deserve a fair and just opportunity to transform their dreams into a reality’. The Lusito School is but one entity, government has a huge onus to draft up and implement policies that will ensure all children are carted and cared for in South Africa, including children living with disabilities,” Molina concludes.

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The City of Cape Town’s Bellville Library celebrates its 100th birthday next week. The library has grown from a building on the Elsies Kraal River to the landmark building in Charl Malan Street and boasts more than 11 000 patrons. Read more below:

The City’s Bellville Library will be celebrating its centenary with a range of events next week which caters for its 11 495 patrons who range in age from five months to 91 years old.

Bellville Library came into service in 1918 and was first housed in a building in Durban Road on the banks of the Elsies Kraal River with members required to pay an annual subscription fee.

A free public library service came to Bellville in 1964 in what is now Kruskal Avenue, but 25 years later the present library in Elizabeth Park was built. There is still some of the Kruskal history left, as some of the shelves are still being used in today’s Bellville Library.

‘Bellville is one of our flagship libraries and it is truly a beacon within the community. It is more than just a space for books and provides a place where knowledge can be promoted and where residents can interact, learn, hone skills and acquire new hobbies. All libraries play a significant role in our lives and help to shape our world view. Bellville has also shown us that librarians are not just your original search engines, they’re also innovators,’ said Alderman Smith.

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Today, it was reported in the Cape Argus that there are “allegations of abuse and financial mismanagement” against the CEO of the Amy Foundation, Kevin Chaplin. Further, that the staff of the Amy Foundation are calling for an audit, after a protest in front of its Athlone offices.

It should be noted that the Amy Foundation, which provides after-school care, is non-compliant for a number of reasons. However, the Provincial Department of Social Development (DSD) has made no allegations of abuse or financial mismanagement.

Amy Foundation’s registration expired in December 2017 and has not been renewed. For this reason, the Provincial DSD is no longer funding the Foundation. The Early Learning Resource Unit, a contracted social service provider who is assisting with the administrative process of registration, received all outstanding documents on 6 November for reregistration and will be doing on an onsite visit very soon to conclude this process. Their funding compliance documents are also outstanding including their first and second progress reports and their audited financial statements.

This saga follows an article on 7 November, in the Cape Argus, where the same Amy Foundation CEO Kevin Chaplin, was quoted saying, “new processes through the Department of Social Development are putting many of the well-established and respected organisations in jeopardy.” This is couldn’t be further from the truth.

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KFC joins the exciting inaugural Mzansi Super League (MSL) as proud sponsors of the tournament’s ball boys and girls taking place from the 16th of November to the 16th of December 2018.

Through this partnership, KFC reinforces its commitment to providing platforms which bring KFC Mini-Cricket kids closer to their cricketing heroes through its KFC Mini-Cricket programme and by introducing young boys and girls to the game, now on a global stage.

Thabisa Mkhwanazi, KFC Public Affairs Director says, “We are excited to be part of the Mzansi Super League as the KFC Mini-Cricket kids will get the opportunity to step up to the crease and represent the programme in South Africa and beyond. Through this, we hope the kids will continue to enjoy getting active and learn key cricketing and life skills from their local and international heroes who will be battling it out on the field.”

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Springbok captain Siya Kolisi wants to see his team deliver a top-notch performance over the full 80 minutes when they take on Scotland on Saturday afternoon at BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh.

The match – the third Test of the 2018 Castle Lager Outgoing Tour of the United Kingdom and France – kicks off at 17h20 local time (19h20 SA time).

In both of the previous two tour matches, against England and France, the South Africans finished strongly. Kolisi said he would like to see another good performance from the Boks against a formidable Scottish side that boast 10 wins from their last 11 home Tests.

“The coaching team, and especially Aled (Walters, Head of Athletic Performance) prepare us well, and Coach Rassie (Erasmus) wants to make sure that we are physically and mentally ready for the game he wants us to play,” said Kolisi on Friday.

“His knowledge of coaching up here in the northern hemisphere (with Munster) also helps a lot.”

Kolisi said the Boks have to put in a performance that will mirror their best periods in the Tests against England and France.

“We want to improve in every match, but the ultimate goal is to do what we are really capable of over 80 minutes. I know it will come and we will be pushing for it this week,” said Kolisi.

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The leadership of Western Province Rugby has moved to distance themselves from reports of a mooted 25% salary cut for all staff, management and players earning more than R 20 000 a month and related equity participation in the commercial arm of Western Province Rugby.

The proposal, which was tabled by WPRFU Deputy President Zelt Marais, is not the official position of Western Province Rugby and does not have the support of the majority of the WPRFU Executive Committee or the Board.

While there are significant financial challenges in the current landscape, Western Province Rugby’s leadership moved to allay the concerns of staff, players and management as the proposal is not an option that the majority believe will be to the benefit of the Group in the long term.

Western Province Rugby currently has a commercial turnaround strategy in place and remains committed to the process adopted.

Although cash flow remains a challenge for Western Province Rugby and other rugby unions at present, the WPRFU are in the unique position of owning a number of unencumbered, high-value properties, which are intended to be utilised for the financial benefit of the Group.

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eMedia Investments will launch eReality, a television channel dedicated to showcasing premium reality television, exclusively on the Openview platform in November.

eReality will broadcast some of the world’s most popular reality programmes, featuring real-life stories, fascinating personalities and human emotion in its rawest form. Some of the channel’s compelling programmes include the popular Little Women: LA, Cheaters, Hoarding: Buried Alive, Pawn Stars, Botched! and Myth Busters.

Shows like Border Security: America’s Frontline and Untold Stories of the ER will hook viewers, taking them into the worlds of law enforcement and emergency medicine. Fans of extreme adventure reality will be enthralled by the likes of Python Hunters and Running Wild with Bear Grylls. eReality will offer a peek at the peculiar, with shows like Dating Naked and My Strange Addiction.

eReality will also cater to true crime fans with a number of premium international crime documentaries and series, including Aaron Hernandez Uncovered, The Case Of Caylee Anthony, The Disappearance of Natalie Holloway, Unspeakable Crime: The Killing Of Jessica Chambers, #killerpost and Buried In The Backyard.

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Date:     23 November 2018

Time:    Doors open at 18h00, movie starts 20h00

Venue: Battery Park

Cost:      R89 – R175


For a magical movie experience, don’t miss the Galileo Open Air Cinema movie experience under a canopy of stars and on the lawns in Cape Town’s new urban park at the V&A Waterfront.

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City clears the decks for the festive season

The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Department has set in motion the disposal of thousands of litres of alcohol.

The disposal of the alcohol is symbolic of one of the biggest public safety headaches for the City, but also other enforcement and emergency service providers in Cape Town over the festive season.

In the previous financial year, our staff confiscated 16 926 bottles equating to 11 515,62 litres of alcohol.

Nearly half of the alcohol was confiscated on three priority days over the 2017/18 Festive Season: Continue reading

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