Disability rights are human rights!

Kempton’s Nonhlanhla Ntuli is an activist for equity this Casual Day and every day.

When she was 11 years old, Nonhlanha Ntuli was travelling with her parents when the family was involved in a partial head-on collision. Both her mom and dad escaped with minor injuries, but Nonhlanhla was flung forward in the car, and her spine was crushed. She’s been in a wheelchair ever since.

Now 27-year-old Nonhlanhla is happily married to Clint (a registered dietician who she met in 2010), and the couple are proud parents to Pascale, a delightful 7-month-old baby girl. The family lives in Kempton Park.

Casual Day is a big day every year in the family’s life. Always held on the first Friday in September, Casual Day asks South Africans to buy a Casual Day sticker, dress according to theme, and be part of a growing call for equity and universal access to human rights.

The 2018 Casual Day theme is Be an Everyday Hero with Persons with Disabilities. It’s a theme that Nonhlanhla feels very strongly about because, she says, persons with disabilities are the real heroes in the world. “We’re just so much stronger than average people. We have to be. We need to get on in a world that’s not made for us, and that excludes us.”…

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An everyday hero radio news editor who understands the heart of our nation

“Human beings are the ultimate team players. We all impact on the lives of others.”

If anyone is qualified to give an accurate diagnosis on what makes South Africans tick, it’s Rhulani Baloyi. She’s been a radio news editor these last ten years, and is living proof this Women’s Month that women are up to any challenge when they’re given a fair opportunity to prove themselves.

Rhulani was born with a severe visual impairment. By the time she was a little girl, she’d lost her sight completely. She has been blind most of her life (and all of her adult life). Yet she’s a dedicated, driven news editor. And she’s a Casual Day 2018 ambassador.

Rhulani’s typical day start at 4am. She clocks off at around lunch time. She’s written and edited literally tens of thousands of news stories on all manner of issues and topics. In fact, if you turn on the radio to listen to the news, you’re probably tuning in to the work Rhulani does in the background, behind the microphone. She loves her job.

The reason she’s been able to do this, Rhulani says, is because she’s been brilliantly accommodated by her employer, the SABC. Often, she says, people think first of what persons with disabilities cannot do. Her employer has thought first of what she can do, and has set up the workplace to enable her to be fully productive. This has made all the difference and has allowed her to build a career as one of the best radio news editors in the land…

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Zero is Dorothy-Anne’s Hero!

How a police patrol horse & a woman in a wheelchair became best friends.
A very special bond has grown between Dorothy-Anne Howitson of Carters Glen and Zero, the white mare who does duty as a patrol horse at the Kimberly SAPS Mounted Unit.

Dorothy-Anne and Zero have formed, in Dorothy-Anne’s words, a ‘precious bond’ since they met by chance a few months ago.

“My neighbour and I both enjoy reading the Volksblad,” Dorothy-Anne says. “I was taking the paper over to him one morning, when I saw Zero being ridden down the street on regular patrol duty.”

Dorothy-Anne was captivated by the big animal and went over to meet her. It was love at first sight. Zero put her muzzle against Dorothy-Anne’s cheek and nuzzled her. “I was having a really bad day that day,” says Dorothy-Anne who contracted polio as a baby and who has been in a wheelchair these last nine years. “Zero understood that I was feeling down. She was so gentle and so soft and warm that I instantly began to feel better. It was a truly special moment and the beginning of a wonderful friendship.”

In honour of her special friend, Dorothy has bought Zero her own Casual Day sticker. The theme of Casual Day this year is Be an Everyday Hero with Persons with Disabilities. Zero and her rider, Constable Dean Malander, proudly wear their stickers to show their support for Dorothy-Anne and thousands of other persons with disabilities in South Africa.

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Casual Day Youth Hero Kerry Walsh

Meet Kerry Walsh, a young woman who has crammed as much as possible into her 20 years, and who has done more for others than most people twice her age.

Kerry Walsh is vivacious, charming, funny and level-headed. She’s midway through her degree in Corporate Communications. She’s already taken her gap year: a year she filled with being a PA, directing and producing a school musical, going on a motivational speaking tour (during which she addressed the full Joburg Mini City Council); and working a stint at a social media marketing business.

Right now, whilst preparing for her mid-year exams, she’s single-handedly organising a 22-team, four ball golf day, the proceeds of which will go to a charity. She spends her holidays and weekends earning pocket-money through her own small, but thriving, social media marketing business.

All this on its own is pretty impressive. But throw in the fact that Kerry has spinal muscular atrophy and has been in a wheelchair for most of her 20 years, and it’s absolutely apparent that Kerry Walsh is a truly remarkable young woman!

She epitomises the 2018 Casual Day theme: Be an Everyday Hero with Persons with Disabilities. But Kerry, absolutely true to her modest nature, does not think of herself as heroic. “It’s just hard work, that’s all,” she says. “You don’t need to be a genius or a millionaire to live the life you want. You just need determination to work hard. I don’t give up. I go for it and I get things done.”

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Casual Day congratulates Comrades Everyday Hero Xolani Luvuno

Photo credit: KFM Radio a Division of Primedia Pty Ltd. Everyday heroes refuse to be limited. Everyday heroes set their sights on their dreams and make them happen, no matter how tough it is. Everyday heroes rise above. Everyday heroes set an example.

Casual Day warmly congratulates Xolani Luvuno for completing the Comrades Marathon on June 15, 2018. He made headlines — and earned our deep admiration — for completing the Comrades on crutches. Not only is Xolani a double amputee, he’s also a recovering addict and a cancer survivor!

Show your support for persons with disabilities and be an everyday hero like Xolani this Casual Day by getting a Casual Day sticker from Edgars, Edgars Active, Edgars Connect, Jet, Jetmart, Boardmans, CNA, Game, DionWired, ToysRUs, BabiesRUs, Alpha Pharm and Express Stores. Stickers will be on sale nationwide from the end of July, and are currently available from participating NGOs and schools countrywide for only R10 each.

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Casual Day Theme 2018

South Africa needs heroes. South Africa needs everyday people who do the extraordinary!

For Casual Day 2018 this year, we call on YOU to be a protagonist for change! To be a hero for yourself, for others and for our country:

Heroes care about other people
Heroes can put themselves in someone else’s shoes
Heroes use their skills and talents to do good themselves, rather than waiting for someone else to do it
Heroes don’t give up. They keep going even after setbacks and frustrations
Heroes strive to be all they can, despite shortfalls
Heroes never stop working to make the world a better place for everyone
Heroes are defined by their strength of character

Now, more than ever, South Africa needs people to dig deep inside themselves, find the hero within and BE AN EVERYDAY HERO with persons with disabilities…

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Edcon Flash Mob at Park Station for International Disability Rights Day

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Thank You South Africa for Celebrating Diversity with us

South Africans love to have fun and they love it even more if it means when they are giving back to communities and building society.

“This year was an exceptional year for Casual Day, the whole country seemed to be dressed in green or wearing a sticker,” says Therina Wentzel, the national director of the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD).

“Thank you South Africa for your incredible support of Casual Day on September 1,” says Wentzel. “Casual Day cannot exist without the love of the people of South Africa coming out in their hundreds of thousands across the country to show their support. It is a very special day indeed, thank you for showing your hearts and for celebrating diversity with persons with disabilities.”