For the love of little children a Limpopo woman started a centre for children living with disabilities.
She provides comfort to children who are permanetly disabled and paralysed.
She turned her challenges of living with a disabled child into Tshepo Foundation situated in Bothashoek village outside mining development town of Burgersfort.
It was in 2019 when Dineo Thwala,28, started to show deep feeling of sympathy for her sister’s child living with cerebral palsy who didn’t walk, talk and sit.
Her love for children blossomed into a support group of parent of kids living with disabilities.
” I am encouraging and teaching other parents train their children and exercise them. This helps them how to take care of their children living with disability with the help of an app outlining in details step by step how to improve the living condition of a child living with disability.
Mampho Matlala, 10, is one of the children who received a donation of a special unique wheelchair known as buggy to restore their mobility and dignity.
Her unenployed mother Bususiwe Chauke, 18 Virginia Matlala of Ga Manoke village near Burgersfort in Limpopo, who survive with her child’s disability grant said “I will be able to look for a job”.
Matlala said “Seeing and watching other children being able to play together and some trying to speak was a joy to me after many countless years trying to get help for my child. My beloved child watched with envy other children playing like any other child”
She said when Matlala ‘s daughter, Ester brought to her centre she was not able to do anything at a but now her daughter is able to speak, move around and eat solid food not selecting food to eat anymore.
Caring for people living with disability has always been a challenge but for unemployed Thwala it has become her passion that now blossoming.
The centre operates in a house in her home back yard.
The centre cares that cares for children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities cater for the needs of 30 children.
She said “We are having challenges such as, cleaning material, transport, toiletry, wheelchairs. We tried to knock at all possible doors of prospective donor funders.Now all her effort is bearing fruits. She tryed some moths to get a place to build a promised Centre. Many children who depend on her centre for their social contact with other kids living with the same condition “.
Thwala ‘s advise to others ” Many children living with disabilities find themselves isolated at their homes because literally they have no one to communicate with, they have a sense of belonging simply because we really show them love and care”.she said.
Most of this children are from not well to do families.
Thwala said”We provide a meal twice a day”.
Thwala plead for support from other multy disciplinary professionals team of physiotherapist and occupational therapist to volunteer provide their therapeutic training that will help improve lives of those living with disability.
The embatlled Greater TubatseFetakgomo local municipality in Burgersfirt is intending to rent to buy the council building Tubatse Civic centre that according to two property valuators indicated that the market value of building is worth R70million. The bulding that is not in compliance with OHS act and not compatible for people with living disability. They rely on using lift as there is no ramp to access the building premises. The municipality want to purchase the building with money to value of R135 million excluding Vat and the councillors agreed. The building believed to be owned by Danny Msiza Treasure General of ANC Limpopo as The director of Tubatse properties.
They want to use the budget money allocated for service delivery from national treasury.
The municipality that invested R240 million in the defunct VBS Bank.
They published the council resolution in their website about the intention to purchase the bulding for comment and input that close on 21 October. They want to buy it with monthly installment of for a period of 36 month with a deposit R50 million.
This is the municipality with backlog of electricity after they have terminated a multymillion rand operation mabone project worth R 325 million to energise electrify villages.
By Thomo Nkgadima