Disabled forum launched

Disabled people and invited guests captured shortly after the launch of the forumDisabled people and invited guests captured shortly after the launch of the forum

The disabled people of Musina will now have a platform to address their challenges. Thanks to the launch of Musina Disability Forum. The event recently took place at Nancefield Community Hall.

The head of special programmes in Musina Municipality, Cllr Rabelani Gadabeni, representatives from the Department of Social Development and members of the Vhembe District Disability Forum were the main guests who oversaw that the forum was launched fairly.

When addressing the disabled people and invited guests, Cllr Gadabeni said it is important for the municipality to create a platform for people with special needs. “The government we serve dictates that people with special needs should be given equal opportunities with everyone. As a caring municipality, we find it very important to launch this forum for our people to have an institution where they can debate their issues without fear.”

He added that disabled people are not different from other community members and they should be respected and admired. “We have examples of many disabled people who are successful than people without disability. This is a clear indication that if given opportunities, they can excel better than the rest of community members.”

Shortly after the launch, a committee made up of 13 members was elected: It includes Takalani Motloutsi (Chairperson), Simon Mukatoni (Deputy Chairperson), Yunsa Mbewe (Secretary), Shonisani Khorombi (Deputy Secretary), Peter Senekal (Treasurer) and additional members made up of Nkhumbuleni Badzhe, Godfrey Nekhavhambe, Emmanuel Nethavhani, Landy Ndou, William Phosiwa, Alfred Thanyani, Blade Simango, and George Madumela. The committee will serve for a period of five years.

The newly elected chairperson, Takalani Motloutsi thanked her colleagues for believing in her. “Words alone cannot describe how grateful I am. Together with my colleagues, I promise to work hard to make sure that the rights of the disabled people are recognized at all times.” She said.

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