Leefwêreld vier mylpaal

Amore Bekker, Fanie du Toit, Therina Wentzel, Magdaleen Kruger & Jacqui January met toekenning wat raad aan RSG gegee het.

RSG se program, Leefwêreld van die gestremde, het op Sondag 10 November 2019 sy 1000ste episode gevier!

Amore Bekker praat hieroor met die aanbieders van die program, Jacqui January en Fanie du Toit. Therina Wentzel-du Toit van die Nasionale Raad vir en van Persone met Gestremdheid vertel ook wat die program vir hulle beteken.

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RSG’s weekly program that offers a platform to persons with disabilities started broadcasting way back in 2001 from Bloemfontein!  It’s been broadcasting uninterrupted ever since and celebrating 1,000 episodes in November 2019!   A true milestone!  The program called ‘Leefwereld van die gestremde’ allows persons with disabilities, as well as persons affected directly or indirectly by disability matters to empower themselves, discuss matters of interest and highlight the plight of acceptance and inclusion of everyone.

Fanie du Toit

Today the National Director of the National Council of & for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) Ms Therina Wentzel-du Toit, as well as a few members from NCPD presented a special award to RSG in recognition of the important work that the radio station does to create awareness and changing the mindset of the general public through its programming and content of and for persons with disabilities in South Africa.

The co-presenters of the program, Jacqui January and Fanie du Toit also recorded a special program which will be broadcasted two days before International Day for Persons with Disabilities which is on Tuesday 3 December 2019.

Jacqui January

Just like RSG, the SABC’s Disability 360 is a means to equip and encourage the media to portray persons with disabilities in a way that is supported by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is an international human rights treaty of the United Nations intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol was adopted on 13 December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature on 30 March 2007.  There were 82 signatories to the Convention, 44 signatories to the Optional Protocol, and 1 ratification of the Convention.  This is the highest number of signatories in history to a UN Convention on its opening day.

It is the first comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st century and is the first human rights convention to be open for signature by regional integration organizations.  The Convention entered into force on 3 May 2008.

Therina Wentzel-du Toit, Nasionale Direkteur van die Nasionale Raad van en vir Persone met Gestremdhede.

The Convention follows decades of work by the United Nations to change attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities.  It takes to a new height the movement from viewing persons with disabilities as “objects” of charity, medical treatment and social protection towards viewing persons with disabilities as “subjects” with rights, who are capable of claiming those rights and making decisions for their lives

Magdaleen aan die woord op lug

based on their free and informed consent as well as being active members of society.  The Convention is intended as a human rights instrument with an explicit, social development dimension.

It adopts a broad categorization of persons with disabilities and reaffirms that all persons with all types of disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms.  It clarifies and qualifies how all categories of rights apply to persons with disabilities and identifies areas where adaptations have to be made for persons with disabilities to effectively exercise their rights and areas where their rights have been violated, and where protection of rights must be reinforced.