Author: Madeleine Da Silva

Slipper Day on 11 May 2018

Slipper Day is a fun initiative that creates awareness for the Reach For A Dream Foundation, whilst raising funds to make more dreams a reality for children fighting life-threatening illnesses. In order to participate, all you need to do is buy a R10 wristband and wear your slippers to work, school, varsity, on errands or just about anywhere that you are going to on that day to show your support for the Foundation. In addition to having a very comfy day, you will also notice that you smile a lot more on this unique day. If you are unable...

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My Autism Journey

Autism is described as a complex neurobehavioral condition characterised by poor social skills, difficulty in communicating, difficulty in learning, repetitive behaviours and a sense of disconnection from the parent. A child diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) can experience anxiety, hyperactivity, and an array of other symptoms associated with the disorder. To a parent who has a child diagnosed with autism, these definitions do not begin to describe the heartache and uncertainty of what lies ahead. My Autism Journey tells the story of Rachel Blignaut’s discovery and navigation of the condition. I am Rachel, and I am sharing my...

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Right of a parent to spank their child no more

“I saw it reported in the news recently that spanking your child has finally been criminalised. Is this true? Will this not result in overloading our justice system even more than it already is?”  We all know that corporal punishment in any form in our schools has been outlawed for a long time. But what is the situation at home. Here it is important to understand that it has always been a crime of assault to hit a child, even your own child. In this sense, spanking is already a crime of assault. Parents, until recently,  have however been...

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Application to study in 2019 at the UFS

The University of the Free State is situated in Bloemfontein – the center of South Africa. Bloemfontein is part of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, Free State, and serves as the capital of the province, as well as the Judicial Capital of South Africa. This beautiful city is also known as the ‘City of Roses’, due to the many roses that bloom all around the city during summer. However, Bloemfontein’s true beauty lies in its people. Residents are known to be exceptionally generous and friendly. Considering the city’s affordability, you can hardly imagine a more ideal study destination! You will be...

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