SABC 360 Disabitilty

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The SABC Disability 360 Campaign aims to empower People with Disabilities by providing on-going disability related content on-air, online and on the ground (events) through SABC various platforms which will be providing the sector with information about job opportunities, training opportunities and pertinent disability content, in all 11 official languages.

This Campaign will allow maximum access to information by the Disability Sector in South Africa, thus ensuring that the SABC broadcasts not only compelling content but also content that empowers its audiences. The Disability 360 Campaign further aims at creating an online “community” where people with disabilities can go and engage and access any disability related Information.

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#Disability360 - Xolisa Tshongolo -

South African Sign Language
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South African Sign Language

Native to South Africa
Native speakers 235,000 (2011 census)[1]
Language family
South African Sign Language
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sfs
Glottolog sout1404[2]
South African Sign Language (SASL, Afrikaans: Suid-Afrikaanse Gebaretaal) is the primary sign language used by Deaf people in South Africa. The South African government added a National Language Unit for South African Sign Language in 2001.[3] SASL is not the only manual language used in South Africa,[4][5] but it is the language that is being promoted as the language to be used by the Deaf in South Africa,[6] although Deaf peoples in South Africa historically do not form a single group.

In 1995, the previous South African National Council for the Deaf (SANCD) was transformed into the Deaf Federation of South Africa (DeafSA),[7] which resulted in a radical policy change in matters for Deaf people in South Africa, such as the development and adoption of a single sign language and the promotion of sign language over oralism. Schools for the deaf have remained largely untransformed, however, and different schools for Deaf children in South African still use different sign language systems, and at a number of schools for the Deaf the use of any sign language is either discouraged or simply not taught.[8] There are as many as twelve different systems of signed oral language in South Africa.[9]

In addition to South African sign languages, American Sign Language (ASL) is also used by some Deaf people in South Africa. Most local sign languages in South Africa show the influence of American Sign Language.

SASL is the sign language that is used during television news casts in South Africa. Sign language is also used in the South African parliament, but different sign language interpreters are known to use different signs for the same concepts.[10] There are around 40 schools for the

#DISABILITY360 - Ms Sweetness Nsimbini Programme Manager: Transversal Programme

Access to RDP Housing by persons with disabilities
Living in an RDP house and being disabled is “hell”, complains Zingisani Mhlahlela. He is 30 years old and uses a wheelchair. He lives with his mother in an RDP area of Chris Hani in KwaNobuhle township, Uitenhage.

His RDP house is not adapted for his wheelchair and he struggles to get in and out of his home and also to use the toilet. “When nature calls, the wheelchair itself gets damaged,” he says.

Mthubanzi Mniki, spokesperson for Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, said, “The priority of housing delivery is to give houses first to disabled and elderly [people]. The houses must be suitable for their needs, accessible and closer to amenities … Due to the pressure of the backlog, people end up occupying houses that are not that suitable to their needs.”

“Every door inside the house I must access by being lifted first.”
Temba Mzantsi, the secretary of Persons with Disabilities Forum in Nelson Mandela Bay, said the municipality should implement the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (approved by cabinet on 9 December 2015), the Disability Framework for Local Government, the Integrated National Disability Strategy, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

“Those are the policies they should refer their heads of department to look at when they are to deliver any services,” said Mzantsi.

Provincial Human Settlements spokesperson Phiwokuhle Soga said, “The Housing Code has provision for variation of the subsidy to allow for the enhancement to the house in order to accommodate specific disabilities, eg a ramp, rails etc.”

But Mhlahlela, who is now in his third year as a marketing student at Eastcape Midlands College, says, “The policies regarding persons in the disability sector are stated in papers, but practically, we are completely excluded.”

He says he has yet to see an RDP house adapted for disability in his area. He knows of only one house, for a blind woman in Chetty, P

#DISABILITY 360 - Mr Pringle Mhlabane Programme Manager: Rehabilitation and Disability Services

Issuing of assistive devices.



The World Health Organization (WHO) describes a wheelchair as “one of the most commonly used assistive devices for enhancing personal mobility”. Provision of wheelchairs to disabled persons is a precondition for enjoying human rights and living in dignity and also assists users to become more productive members of their communities.

Providing wheelchairs that are fit for the purpose not only enhances mobility but also begins a process of opening up a world of education, work and social life. A wheelchair opens doors to learning, employment and social participation to the user.

According to standardization of provision of assistive devices in South Africa, the government has a commitment to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities.

The national policy on the Free Health Care for disabled people has prescribed that any indigent disabled person is entitled to free assistive device including maintenance /repair of such a device as long as one meets the set criteria

In recent years the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health has been inundated with increased demand for wheelchairs in all districts. This unprecedented demand has been attributed to factors such as high levels of motor vehicle accidents (MVAs), HIV-AIDS, cross border clients /patients and others. This increased demand for wheelchairs in the province has been compounded by limited resources and poor distribution /issuing of wheelchairs by unqualified persons /organizations

The development of policies and increased training opportunities in the supply, issuing and maintenance of wheelchairs are essential in enhancing service delivery.

The Introduction of this policy as well as effective use /implementation of the policy will assist to improve and strengthen the system of wheelchair distribution and issuing in KwaZulu-Natal

This policy aims to:
- Provide a framework for the equitable, acces

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