South African marks Disability Rights Awareness Month

first_img5 November 2015 Disability Rights Awareness Month (Dram) was launched at Optima College, which caters exclusively for blind and partially sighted people, in Pretoria on 3 November by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.Dram will run for a month, from 3 November to 3 December. It aims to increase awareness of the rights of people with disabilities as equal citizens in society in general. The month-long campaign also calls for speeding up equal access to socio-economic opportunities.This year, Dram is celebrating 60 years of the Freedom Charter under the theme: “South Africa – a free and just society inclusive of all persons with disabilities as equal citizens’.DSD Min addresses the media at the launch of National Disability Rights Awareness Month #DisabilityRightsSA pic.twitter.com/KoxOM2eE6U— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) November 3, 2015Against all oddsCyclist Palesa Manaleng was in a cycling accident in 2014 in which she was paralysed from her waist down. But that hasn’t stopped her from continuing her passion for riding. She will be taking part in the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge in Joburg on 15 November, during Dram.Manaleng spent three months recovering in hospital from a dislocated spine, among other injuries. “I was lying on my bed at the Rehab Hospital and I was watching the Cycling Challenge and for the first time since my accident I was excited about something,” she recalled.“My problem, or so I thought, was that I could no longer walk and I knew at that moment lying in that bed that I wanted the feeling of freedom that those cyclists possessed.”She told her physiotherapist and occupational therapist she wanted to continue to cycle, but didn’t know how. “They showed me photos of Pieter du Preez on his hand-cycle and I knew then and there, I needed one,” she said.Watch more of Manaleng’s story here:After hearing about her story, the Cycle Challenge’s organisers decided to sponsor Manaleng with a hand-cycle, a cycling kit, training assistance and ongoing support.“Despite this remarkable life-changing event, Palesa remains strong and committed to making the most of her new life,” said race director Tanya Harford. “She doesn’t think of herself as a victim and has no sense that her life is now over or less than it was. She’s just making the best of adapting to new challenges.“She is the epitome of the event’s “Ride For A Purpose’ campaign.”Government’s white paperThe White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be submitted to the cabinet this month for consideration, said Minister Dlamini.Once approved, it will commit authorities to advancing the rights of people with disabilities by accepting full responsibility and accountability for delivering services to all South Africans, including able-bodied and disabled men and women.“It will also strengthen recourse for persons with disabilities and their families if this does not happen,” the minister said.People with disabilities must be empowered to contribute to the development of their communities, schools, work places and to the country, she added. “Empowerment is identified as a core cross-cutting theme for enabling persons with disabilities to avail of and access all socio-economic development opportunities and rights that exist.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Reaching Out to Developers? Build for the End User

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex williams Tags:#cloud#news Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting I asked the team at Atlassian yesterday about their macrovision of the market and how they view the developer world. I found their answer revealing. What they said made me think about the way companies have to build for developers and end users. It’s increasingly almost a task that has to be one and the same.The question came as they explained why Atlassian, which received $60 million in finding last year, bought two plugins from Sysbliss: Bamboo Release Management and JIRA Workflow Designer.Both tools have a core value. They are easy to use and they help get the job done quickly.Jira Workflow Designer plugin is a visual editor similar to Visio for making workflows. With it you can save custom layouts, drag and drop items and remove the steps that have often required repeated tasks in the initial workflow creation. Bamboo Release Management integrates with Jira. It offers:Centralized version management.Filters and masks to grab the right version.Version qualifiers to doc custom builds on different release levels.Configuration tester to see what versions are available based on your configuration.The End User and the DeveloperAtlassian has made its mark by offering developer environments for building software and services. I asked about that in context with their macrovision. Atlassian offers tools for developers but they see themselves focusing in many ways on the end user. Their goal is to offer custom workflow environments for people like myself who want the sophistication of a rich workflow but do not have the skill sets of a developer.To that end, they have launched Atlassian University.That’s a trend you see in the market with Web apps such as Dropbox, which is a service for anyone to use but has serious credibility with the developer geek crowd.The idea being that developers want smooth experiences. And the end user absolutely requires it.That’s better than the alternative. And that’s being classified according to tired metaphors such as application lifecycle management providers. It’s almost as if developers are saying treat us like everyone else. Just allow us to show our individuality and ways to extend tools and service the ways we want.That’s the message we hear from Atlassian as well as across the market with each passing day. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Parties’ tall claims for rejuvenation of lakes

first_imgThough both the major political parties have been making tall claims for rejuvenation of water bodies in the “City of Lakes”, the voters here are disillusioned with their “restricted vision” which they say is unable to grasp the significance of the ecosystem that ensures protection of catchment areas. The lakes here are facing a major issue of pollution and reduction of submergence area.After the successful removal of water hyacinth about six years ago, the water bodies such as Pichola Lake, Swaroop Sagar and Udai Sagar are facing contamination caused by the discharge of pollutants from the phosphorite mines and chemical factories and the release of sewage and domestic waste from settlements and hotels.The residents of the city expect the two stalwarts pitted against each other – Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria (BJP) and former Union Minister Girija Vyas (Congress) – to resolve the lake pollution issue for saving the identity of Udaipur, on which the survival of tourism business depends.Udaipur district BJP president Dinesh Bhatt told The Hindu that the State government was making “serious efforts” for conservation of lakes. Mr. Kataria, contesting for the fourth consecutive term, has highlighted his achievements on the law and order front as the Home Minister and the city’s infrastructure development as the MLA during his election campaign. He has credited the jump in Udaipur’s rank as a tourist destination to the projects initiated by the BJP government.On the other hand, District Congress Committee general secretary Saddam Hussain said Ms. Vyas’ return to the constituency after serving in the Centre as the National Commission for Women’s chairperson was a challenge before Mr. Kataria which he would find difficult to face. On the lake front, the Jheel Sanrakshan Samiti and the Jheel Hitaishi Nagrik Manch have taken up the initiatives for educating the people and cleaning the water bodies. Manch’s founder Haji Sardar Mohammed said the community efforts for taking out pollutants and aquatic weeds through boats had led to an improvement in the situation. The activists working for conservation of lakes have demanded that the next government centralise the works currently undertaken by as many as five different agencies.last_img read more