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RHULANI BALOYI

Rhulani Baloyi is the co-presenter of educational programme Shift on SABC 1, Trustee for SA Mobility for the Blind Trust, […]

Casual Day welcomes Brad ‘ThaCutt’ Tapinos as ambassador

Award-winning turntablist and DJ Brad “ThaCutt” Tapinos is one of our brand new Casual Day ambassadors.

A successful musician living with muscular dystrophy, Tapinos has pursued his passions and cemented his spot in the local music industry.

In 2012, he participated in the Red Bull Thre3style Championships and won. By this stage, he had already clinched two SA DMC (Disco Mix Club) Championship titles. Running since 1985, the DMC Championships are considered one of the most prestigious turntablist competitions in the world – and Tapinos has already represented South Africa twice!

Tapino is also affiliated with MTV Base, and has been selected as the official scratch DJ for the global music lifestyle channel.

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JONATHAN GROENEWALD Aka Tujay Harmonix

Jonathan “Tujay Harmonix” Groenewald was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at the age of two. Doctors told his parents he would not live past the age of four, but he defied the odds, and is now 31 years old and carving out a career for himself as a rapper. Born and raised in Rustenburg, where he pioneered the area’s hip-hop movement. He is now resident in Eersterus, Pretoria.

He grew up an introvert and had few friends, but as a teenager he began to jot down his emotions in the form of aggressively charged rap lyrics and poetry – this was a way for him to let go of his negative views on life, he says. His outlet became his passion, which meant he could break out of his shell and publicly express himself at poetry sessions and corner ciphers.

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Nonhlanhla “Adoword” Ntuli

Nonhlanhla “Adoword” Ntuli is a Johannesburg-based television presenter, professional speaker, and Psychology student at Unisa. She believes that one chooses what they can and cannot do hence her brand signature “where there’s a wheel there’s a way”. Founder of MD: Adoword Motivation and Life Coaching Projects, she visits schools and organizations to motivate youth to work towards achieving their own dreams. Her television work includes Geleza Nathi.

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Daphne Twala – AKA ’4 Fingers Short’

A poet and dancer who leaves audiences awestruck and inspired, Daphney Twala is a great addition to the Casual Day family.

Hailing from Limpopo, Twala was raised by her mother and spent her childhood with her four siblings. Her journey wasn’t easy growing up, as she was often bullied for her disability by her peers and her community.

Poetry and writing became her creative outlet and a way to express her feelings. “It was an escape from all the prejudice and the discrimination I faced,” she explains. “I moved to Middelburg in 2007 to stay with my sister because the community around Tafelkop had a problem with my disability.”

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Lois Strachan

Lois Strachan always wanted to be a rock singer, but only found the courage to realize her dream after being declared blind at age 21, as a result of childhood onset diabetes. She says she realized she had a choice at that time – to go home and be angry and depressed for the rest of her life, or to go out there and see what life still had to offer her as a blind person.

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THULI MATLALA

Thuli Matlala, a zestful, self-motivated and driven working mother with a disability is passionate about people development. She is a Corporate Social Investment Manager and her work entails providing advisory services to corporates that participate in the Social Economic Development space. Her passion for people stems from her experiences as a person with a disability – at the age of 15 she was hit by a stray bullet at school which rendered her a paraplegic.

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CASUAL DAY WELCOMES SHÉRI BRYNARD

Casual Day is honoured to welcome this talented young Ambassador! Shéri Brynard is the only person with Down syndrome (normal Trisomy 21) who has a tertiary teacher’s diploma in Educare), without any amendments been made to the course (or special assistance), in the world. Amongst other achievements, she was the recipient of The Presidential Award for people who have made a contribution to the lives of mentally handicapped people in South Africa. She was chosen as the first Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year in her category, “Young Movers”, in South Africa, with a disability as well as the first winner ever to receive a standing ovation. There were more than 1 400 woman nominated. She truly believes that all people have the ability to choose to make the best of their circumstances and she is the living example of that…

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Taryn Zoe-Gurr

Taryn is a vivacious young woman who lives her life to the full in Johannesburg. Blessed with a determined and bubbly personality, no challenge from her cerebral palsy (or anything else for that matter) has kept her down very long …

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Lefa Manamela

Lefa Manamela, Miss Deaf SA 2013, was born in Dikebu in the North West and now lives in Pretoria. She represented South Africa at the Miss Deaf World Pageant in July 2014 and was nominated First Princess at the Miss Deaf Africa 2015 pageant.

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