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Wheels on Wings Project Manager: Thiagen Natesan: Movie script story

Thiagen Natesan, Project Officer for PDP has so much to live for and his story is like that of a movie script. ‘I grew up in Chatsworth, Kwa-Zulu Natal and matriculated in 1992. Sport has always been my passion and my life; and I captained all sporting codes in Primary and Secondary school. Prior to 1994 there were limited opportunities available for non-whites to further their career in sports, so I decided to study Sports Science and English at the then University of Durban Westville (UDW) in order to become a Physical Education teacher. However in 1998, left with...

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Artist Creates Wheelchair for Barbie Dolls After Mattel Discontinued

Artist Creates Wheelchair for Barbie Dolls After Mattel Discontinued Its Version in the ’90s The artist behind the average-sized Barbie doll has created a new accessory to make fashion dolls even more inclusive. Nickolay Lamm has designed a wheelchair that is compatible with Barbie and other dolls to fill a void in the toy market after Mattel discontinued its own wheelchair Barbie doll in 1997. “I feel that the more representative toys are of the real world around us, the better chance we stand at creating a healthier, more down-to-earth perception for youth,” Lamm tells PEOPLE. “If a physically...

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3 December is International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2016

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2016 3 December The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, aims to promote: an understanding of disability issues the rights of persons with disabilities gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities. In South Africa, 3 December also marks the beginning of the Disability Awareness Month. The day provides an opportunity to mobilise action to achieve the goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in...

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Team South Africa finishing 22nd on the overall medals table with 17 medals. That included seven gold, six silver and four bronze medals. There was a special tribute paid to the Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad at the closing ceremony last night, who died after his crash during the men’s road race. Ernst van Dyk, who won gold,  concluded the Paralympics for Team SA in the wheelchair marathon with sixth place. The athlete did not attend the ceremony last night, saying he was “too sore and tired”. Van Dyk shared a post to social media, describing Sunday’s race as “brutal”....

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