18 August 2004The University of South Africa has launched a Braille HIV/Aids directory to help visually impaired and blind students to access knowledge about the disease.The directory provides information on support and care services available for infected people, where these services can be accessed, and who to contact about the disease and other related issues.Speaking at the launch in Pretoria on Wednesday, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang her department was not able to communicate adequately with people with disabilities, but was working on it.The Health Department collaborated with Unisa on the Braille directory, and has also developed audio cassettes for the blind with key messages on the pandemic.An international adviser to Perkins School for the Blind, Aubrey Webson, said disabled people – especially those who were poor or who lived in remote areas – were vulnerable to HIV/Aids.He called on tertiary institutions to commission research on the disabled in order to understand their plight.“Although strides are being made to improve the lives of the disabled, especially the blind, scientific data is still limited, and blind people do not have access to research material at universities”, Webson said.Education Minister Naledi Pandor, who also attended the launch, said her department was involved in distributing Braille equipment to 30 special schools throughout the country through the Telkom Foundation.Source: BuaNews
The Games Village for the upcoming Commonwealth Games on Thursday got a thumbs-up from foreign delegates who said the precedent set by Delhi will be tough to follow for subsequent events.The Welsh delegates arrive at the Village during its soft launch in the Capital on Thursday.Delegates from England and Wales, who arrived at the Village, were delighted with the facilities and ambience with one of them terming it better than the one at the Beijing Olympic Games.”It is fantastic. The Games Villages over the years have evolved. It is better than Beijing,” Craig Hunter, the chef de mission of the England contingent said on Thursday. “It’s the best we have seen.” “You have challenged us to do even better at the 2012 London Olympics.” Hunter waxed eloquent about the “beautiful, green surroundings and the spacious flats.” “Also, here we have one bathroom for every two delegates, while elsewhere we had one for four. The training facilities are also great.” The Welsh delegates felt the dining area and food compared favourably with the one in Melbourne four years ago.”The food and the training facilities are world-class,” chef de mission Chris Jenkins said.”I have seen the villages in Manchester and Melbourne and this one here is very good,” team manager Ron Davies said.Others were looking forward to the various cuisines on offer.”I would like to try some Indian food,” physiotherapist Nicki Phillips said.