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ELECTIONS SOUTH AFRICA 2024


While political parties rallied around the country, the Disability Sector sat and observed in anticipation, the “promises of inclusiveness” which were used to garner support. A summary of the promises included the following:


  • To encourage people with disabilities to become economically independent, and support for disabled entrepreneurs.
  • To equip public institutions with sign language abilities, incorporate disability studies into the school curriculum, and back a strong disability rights movement based on the premise of “nothing about us without us.”
  • Aiming to remove obstacles to independent life and full involvement, measures such as universal design of public buildings, amenities, and transport are being implemented.
  • A state-run manufacturing facility for assistive products and postgraduate scholarships tailored specifically for people with disabilities.
  • People with disabilities must have access to housing, transportation, and infrastructure so that they can live freely and safely. The group’s stated goal is to “build a culture of consciousness about and care for people with disabilities” through the educational system.
  • A broader defence of the rights of people with disabilities as a vulnerable group, the monitoring of disability employment equity, and empowering persons with disabilities to run their own enterprises.
  • The main goal is to make disability subsidies and accessible education more accessible to students with impairments.
  • To include disability-focused demands for increased funding for special education, improved access to healthcare, and sign language services in medical clinics.

“Several parties have made disability inclusion a higher political priority in their platforms compared to past elections, which is encouraging to observe. These discussions demonstrate that the parties recognise the shortfalls of inclusivity for disabled persons, which include employment, entrepreneurship, education, healthcare, social protection, transportation, housing, and political engagement, among many others. People with disabilities need systematic and proactive changes in order to be an integral part of the greater community, not false promises.


Campaign pledges aren’t assurances of anything. For all of us fighting for people with disabilities - we must keep pushing for the parties to deliver on their promises, and we need to strike while the iron is hot. How much of the increased political focus on disability will lead to real policies changes, financial promises, and quantifiable improvements in the conditions of people with disabilities? Talk is cheap, the proof is in the pudding. 


South Africa can take a step closer to an inclusive, barrier-free future if the disability rights movement actively participates in disability plans, closely monitors their execution, and advocates for their objectives and experiences. Many 2024 manifestos have laid the groundwork; it is up to disability rights activists, their supporters, and every citizen to water the seedlings so they may blossom into sweeping reform.” (Extract from ThisAbility, May 26, 2024)


The above being said, we now strongly urge our leaders to live up to their promises and hear our voices. We look forward to a positive future in South Africa, the most beautiful country in the world. The beauty starts from within – if we all make a concerted effort to change our attitudes, focus on what is working, and drain the negativity from our minds and hearts – we can make a change. Be the silver lining, be the rainbow, be the happiness that we need in the world.


See you all at the Fete on 8 June! Looking forward! Thank you to every donor and investor, we appreciate your generosity!


With love,

DEIDRE BURGER

Dear Cheshire Homes PE,

At MySchool, our commitment to protecting our planet and conserving our environment is stronger than ever. To reduce plastic waste and save our precious trees, we are making some important changes.

 

WHAT IS CHANGING?

 

We are transitioning to digital sign-ups for new supporters, ensuring a significant positive impact on our environment.

HOW WILL WE DO IT?

 

From 1 July 2024, MySchool will no longer accept paper application forms for new supporters. Instead, we encourage you—our valued beneficiaries—to guide new supporters through either of the following digital channels:

 

1. Visit our website: www.myschool.co.za

2. Download our MySchool app

3. Use the attached QR code

4. For your supporters who prefer something tangible, they can obtain the last of our physical cards from a nearby Woolworths and SMS your “Beneficiary Name” to 31231. One of our friendly consultants will call back to complete the supporter card activation process.

5. For supporters who prefer something digital, simply copy and paste the below link into your messages and Cheshire Homes PE will be preloaded as the selected beneficiary.

MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet


Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we take these steps towards a greener and more sustainable future.


Together, we can make a big difference!


Warm regards,

The MySchool Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WELCOME TO OUR CHARITY SHOPS:

WEDNESDAY – FRIDAY
10 – 2PM
1ST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH
08:30 - 12


* CLOTHES GALORE * BOOK BARN * WOT NOT SHOP
(CASH OR CARD)

We gladly accept donations of unwanted items, pre-loved clothes,
linen & any household items and will collect!

CONTACT THE HOME on 041 583 2183 for more info!

Our 300 Club fees for 2024 are a once-off payment of R150 per year. This is such an easy fundraiser for our home, and you benefit as well. To date (4 April) we have 110 members!

There are monthly draws of R300 (1st), R150 (2nd), and R75 (3rd) for members, and at the end of each year one lucky member stand the chance of winning R1 000!

Forms for 2024 attached or available from the office…subscribe now!

 

MAY WINNERS:

 

1. ISABELLA VAN DER LINDEN (103)

2. GIANNA DOUBELL (94)

3. SHIRLEY BRENT (37)

 

We are thrilled to announce that the Khaya Cheshire building project is now underway, thanks to your generous support and contributions. Your belief in our vision to build Khaya Cheshire has propelled us forward and brought us one step closer to creating a brighter future for the children in our care.

 

Your generosity is not only transforming bricks and mortar into a physical structure but also shaping the dreams and aspirations of countless children who will benefit from quality care and a basic education. Your kindness and compassion are truly making a difference in the lives of others.

 

As we embark on this journey, please know that your support is deeply appreciated and will forever be remembered. We are committed to keeping you informed about the progress of the project and the impact it will have on the children.

 

We have a committed team of builders and contractors on site, who have ‘lived’ this project on paper for over a year…and now you are bringing our dream to fruition.

Once again, thank you for your unwavering support and belief in our mission. Together, we are building more than just a partial day care facility, we are building hope, opportunity, and a brighter tomorrow.

 

Thank you to the precious Khaya staff - Lee-Ann, Daisy and Siya for your patience with temporary premises. The new centre will be a blank canvas on which you can imprint your special touch and create a special environment for the children.

 

Thank you to the countless donors who through golf days, dinners, donations, raffles etc. have contributed to this wonderful and exciting venture.  A huge thank you to Dante and Paulo for providing us with some space during our two-year planning phase. Your kindness is greatly appreciated. Tavcor – your contributions and support to this project have been overwhelming, invaluable and monumental. Megan and your Tag team - your fabulous philanthropic work that Tavcor does for community projects – particularly Khaya (for over 22 years) shows that anything is possible with teamwork, dedication and perseverance!!!

 

Cannot wait for our new doors to open, you will all be welcome!

 

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