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.

QASA paves pathway to opportunities for persons with disabilities with Casual Day

If your daily commute to work forces you be in traffic for hours or to elbow your way into an overcrowded public transport, you probably need little convincing about the importance of good quality transport. Now, imagine your frustration if you are mobility impaired too.

For many persons with disabilities, this is not fiction, but a real daily struggle.

Much of South Africa’s public transport system remains completely off-limits for persons with disabilities. When transport is available it is difficult to use and often expensive, turning even the shortest trip into a nightmare.

The QuadPara Association of South Africa’s (QASA) has leveraged its participation in Casual Day – South Africa’s annual corporate social investment initiative – to provide a pathway of opportunity that will help them protect and further the interests of quadriplegics and paraplegics.

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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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7de Laan is celebrating diversity with Casual Day this year

From the very beginning, 7de Laan was like no other South African TV show.

Here, for the first time, audiences were given the Hillside community; a cast of Afrikaans-speaking characters from all walks of life. From across all race groups the characters lived together and told the stories of life in South Africa’s young democracy.

“At its very heart 7de Laan is about diversity, and has been from episode one. The creators and producers of the show made a very conscious decision to create a new kind of television show that was inclusive and that showed audiences new ways to imagine relationships,” says Frances Maposa, 7de Laan’s line producer.

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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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In a troubled year, it is more important than ever that we help those who help others

We’re halfway through 2017, and already this year will be remembered as the one when government became an incapable partner to society.

The state and its ability to effectively deliver services have been torn apart by cronyism, greed and corruption. Adding to the bad news is the fact the economy is now in recession.

Its descent into a kind of uncaring paralysis has been carefully documented over the past few years.