Are you a writer? Or do you simply have a passion for writing?

When people encounter painful and unexpected ordeals in their lives, most turn to writing as a coping mechanism. From diarising the trauma to expressing it in poetry, there is increasing evidence to support the notion that journaling/writing has a positive impact on physical well-being.

Dear SA (Dear South Africa) is a community newspaper unlike any other, it is a compilation of stories written by South Africans and all who live in it. Dear SA serves as a tool for ordinary individuals in our communities to share and talk about problems that affect them personally on a daily basis.

Spawning from the concept of the agony aunt section in magazines, instead of writing your story to seek advice from one expert, why not write your story and publish it to the nation and get responses from your fellow countrymen. The idea is that your problem is not unique, someone out there is, or has gone through what you are going through, it may not be in the same way but they can relate. By connecting people and by more people sharing their stories we can raise awareness towards certain problems that continue to bring down our communities.

You could be a rape survivor, a disabled person, an ex-convict, a homosexual person, a former addict, an activist passionate about a cause, a former unemployed citizen turned businessman, or you could just simply be a person that came to a cross-road in life and decided to make a change. Telling your story could potentially benefit someone in your community or the next, who is still going through these ordeals alone without help. Your story can help encourage, motivate or change someone’s life for the better.

Such a platform allows people in our communities to continue conversations on the topics that affect us in our personal, families and neighbours lives. On this platform people can express themselves to a listening audience about what it’s like to walk in their shoes. The more people are able to share their stories the more we can fight against stigma in our communities. The more people read such stories, more people begin to understand the differences in the people that make our community, and the more people understand this, we can begin to heal the psyche of our people to become more accepting and positive towards each other.

Visit our website at www.dearsa.co.za and also read stories from NGO’s and CSI’s who are committed to developing our communities for the better. Or alternatively follow us on our social media links.

Do you have a story you would like to share? Get in touch with us at:

Website: www.dearsa.co.za

Facebook: @livedearsa

Twitter: @mydearsa

Whatsapp: 081 268 6868

Email your story to: info@dearsa.co.za

Inter-regional summit on Disability

People with disabilities have issues 365 days that need to be addressed when municipal council decisions are made said councillor De Gama in his keynote address at the inter regional disability summit at Multipurpose on 7 June 2018.

The purpose of the summit was to make the city and eventually the country aware of how people with disabilities are taken care of and considered when it comes to access of housing, working conditions and transport.

The summit focused on key areas, Road, transport, Housing, Disability, Employment opportunities, Universal access and Disability skills development and opportunities.

Local government can make a big difference in the lives of disabled persons, it all starts in the way the city’s infrastructure such as ramps for wheelchair bound persons and those who need assistance walking, lifts with enough space for wheelchairs, malls with non-slippery flooring for walking sticks and building plans that are submitted to the city for approval and must comply when it comes to access for disabled people De Gama said.

Councillor Maharaj suggested free bus transportation during off peak hours for people with disabilities. Mr Kekana suggested that city employees go through disability sensitisation Da Gama said

The chairperson of Disabled People South Africa (DPSA) Dan Kekana said  encouraged the city to engage the disability sector  and speak to them like it happened today, in order to get clarity on their needs and how they can assist.

The new administration takes issues of disability very seriously said Lillian Kolisang spokesperson to the speaker emphasised she said the speaker had made a commitment to engage the sector annually.

The Johannesburg Disability forum has been tasked with ensuring that solutions that come from this platform are implemented.

The summit was attended by ward councillor Mapula Mosito, Councillor Vasco Da Gama, Mr Nero Maseko, Mr Dan Kekana and Councillor Devanand Maharaj.

One year anniversary for BaetaPele Foundation

It was all smiles and merrymaking on 2 June 2018 when BaetaPele Foundation marked its one year anniversary. The celebrations took place at multipurpose.

BaetaPele foundation is a reading club which offers free educational service to students around Cosmo City, Lanseria and Lion Park.  During the occasion, outstanding students were awarded for doing well in reading, writing and spelling. Baeta Pele was started on the 27th of May 2017 by Junitha Mothemane which then developed into a reading program. She is in a different school every day. She has volunteers working with her, Mpho and Kgotatso Mthembu, Nhlanhla Magagula and Sir Isaac.

Junitha said it had been an amazing journey since the organisation was founded.

“This is a milestone to show that we are making progress. We are trying by all means to make a community with a better future. It is an amazing thing to see children making academic progress. All the students who are under BaetaPele foundation are progressing in terms of literacy. We would like to express our gratitude to all who have been rallying behind us especially Roots Butchery,” she said.

Mothemane said parents should also get more involved in the programme to support children.

“At BaetaPele foundation we have more than 80 students, but it is sad that we have only met with about 3% of the parents. I would like to urge parents to be involved because this organisation is aimed at impacting the community at large. Parents should also keep encouraging kids to go to the library at Multipurpose, it is free of charge,” said Mathomane.

In an interview, parents who attended the ceremony revealed that they allowed their students to join BaetaPele Foundation after they were convinced by the vision of the organisation.

“It is a developmental organisation which has positively impacted our children. I have a six year old daughter who could not read and write but now she can. She can also pronounce words correctly. We thank them for the love they have for children,” said Nono Seheto.

Dlalisile Mthembu, another parent, said the program enables the children to interact with each other. “I have three children who are members of this great organisation. Two of them are teachers who teach at the program and the other is a student. This helps them to interact with other children from different backgrounds, and this brings positive changes in the community,” she said.

Parents who want their children to be a part of the program can meet Junitha at multipurpose on Saturday from 08:30am until 13:00pm or contact her on 076 967 4947 for more information.  

 


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