Deaf Provincial Cricket Tournament

If you’re a Cricket fanatic who is sad that the Cricket World Cup has come to an end, why not consider supporting your favourite province at the Deaf Provincial Cricket Tournament?

The Deaf Provincial Cricket Tournament takes place in Pretoria, from 2-6 April 2015. If you don’t have plans for the Easter weekend, and live in Guateng, why not go watch the Deaf play cricket?

Matches begin at 09h30, and a National Deaf Cricket Team will be selected after the final match.

Thursday, 2 April 2015
Western Province vs. Kwazulu-Natal – Transnet Engineering Field, Lynette Street, Kilner Park, Pretoria
Boland vs. Northerns – Sinovich Park, Matlabas Avenue, Sinoville, Pretoria

Friday, 3 April 2015
Northerns vs. Gauteng – Transnet Engineering Field, Lynette Street, Kilner Park, Pretoria
Kwazulu-Natal vs. Boland – Sinovich Park, Matlabas Avenue, Sinoville, Pretoria

Saturday, 4 April 2015
Western Province vs. Boland – Transnet Engineering Field, Lynette Street, Kilner Park, Pretoria
Kwazulu-Natal vs. Gauteng – Sinovich Park, Matlabas Avenue, Sinoville, Pretoria

Sunday, 5 April 2015
Gauteng vs. Boland – Transnet Engineering Field, Lynette Street, Kilner Park, Pretoria
Western Province vs. Northerns – Sinovich Park, Matlabas Avenue, Sinoville, Pretoria

Monday, 6 April 2015
Northerns vs. Kwazulu-Natal – Transnet Engineering Field, Lynette Street, Kilner Park, Pretoria
Western Province vs. Gauteng – Sinovich Park, Matlabas Avenue, Sinoville, Pretoria

For more information please contact Wally Nel at , or 0837092982.




Depression is a serious medical condition which affects millions of people worldwide. Unfortunately, there is a lot of stigma – and misunderstanding – attached to depression and other mential illnesses. This causes many people affected by the condition to not seek any treatment, which only results in the condition worsening over time.

We all experience traumatic events and stressful periods in our lives, which often affect our mood. However, these always pass, and if any treatment is required, it is only short-term. More serious form of mental illness, including depression, require long-term treatment, and no amount of telling someone to “pull yourself together” is going to help; if anything, it may even make the person feel worse, and only adds to the stigma.

In October 2014, the DTV team participated in the Hope Hike, a new iniative that not only raises funds for the Ithemba Foundation, but also seeks to improve awareness of depression, and get more people talking about depression openly. In this week’s episode of DTV we speak to the organisers, and discuss various issues relating to depression, including treatment and the resources available in South Africa.

DTV Broadcast Times
This episode is broadcast on Saturday, 04 April 2015 at 12h00 (CAT), and repeated on Sunday, 05 April 2015 at 02h30 (CAT). Only on SABC 3.

Daren Denholm

Daren Denholm

This week DTV meets up with Daren Denholm, a young man who, despite having ADHD, has trained himself to compete in the World Memory Championships more than 5 times.

It was while struggling to complete his university studies that Daren began reading up on memory and speed learning, which led to him not only traveling the world, meeting incredible people, and competing in the World Memory Championships, but also starting his own business that helps people unlock their true learning potential.

South African Sign Language Lessons

The smell of sawdust and make-up, wild animals and popcorn. The wide-eyed excitement that comes with being a young child seeing incredible acts.

This week’s SASL lesson takes us to the circus, and even if you cannot remember your own childhood visits to the circus, Thabo will help ensure you are able to comfortably talk about the circus in South African Sign Language.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

During the Zwakala Africa workshops in 2014, part of the DTV team traveled to Tanzania, and this week you get to experience the colourful bustle of Tanzania’s capital city, Dar es Salaam.

DTV Broadcast Times
This episode is broadcast on Saturday, 28 March 2015 at 12h00 (CAT), and repeated on Sunday, 29 March 2015 at 02h30 (CAT). Only on SABC 3.

Park Inn, Newlands

In Candice @

For almost 20-years the Bastion was not only home to DeafSA, but it also served as a community centre for the Deaf. Even though the original building was demolished in 2012, the address still serves as a landmark for Deaf rights in South Africa, following the opening of the Park Inn Newlands in December 2014.

DTV documented the transformation of the Bastion into the Park Inn Newlands, a hotel that is completely deaf accessible, with 30 percent of the hotel staff either deaf or hard of hearing.

Human Rights Day

Saturday, 21 March 2015 is Human Rights Day. Do you know your rights?

In Connect

Thabo faces one of his fears in this week’s episode of DTV, with a vist to Croc City. Watch as he is hugged by pythons, before the DTV crew captures an incredible view of the crocodiles.

DTV Broadcast Times
This episode is broadcast on Saturday, 21 March 2015 at 12h00 (CAT), and repeated on Sunday, 22 March 2015 at 02h30 (CAT). Only on SABC 3.

South African Sign Language Lessons – Restaurant

Unless you live in Canada, the chances of you visiting a restaurant with a Deaf friend or family member are far greater than the chance of you encountering a Deaf waiter. So our latest South African Sign Language lesson introduces you to some of the vocabulary you should know in a restaurant setting.

Remember to watch through to the end to see Thabo and Dimakatso demonstrate a few alternative ways of signing the terms introduced in the lesson.

Having difficulty viewing the video? Try this link.


DeafNET Zwakala Africa Scholarship – Category D

One of the prizes at this year’s Zwakala Africa Gala Event was a scholarship allowing the winner to further their studies. Unlike the other categories, Category D is a group performance, and only one scholarship can be awarded. The sponsors of the scholarship, DeafNET, had to rely on other criteria in deciding who would be awarded the scholarship.

Category D was won by the senior group from Zimbabwe, and DeafNET elected to award the scholarship to Loveness Majoni. Loveness is currently in her final year at school, is also the head girl at her school, and is the only person in her family who is deaf. The scholarship will allow Loveness to further her studies at the NID College in Worcester, with full support and mentoring throughout from DeafNET.

Although Loveness has a copy of her winning certificate, DeafNET is currently negotiating to visit Loveness at her school in Zimbabwe to do an official hand-over of her scholarship.

Congratulations to Loveness Majoni, along with the rest of the Category D winners from Zimbabwe.


International Women’s Day 2015

Officially, International Women’s Day was first celebrated on 19 March 1911, but unofficially the call for equal rights for women had been growing for some years already: in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City in support of shorter working hours, better pay, and voting rights for women. International Women’s Day was moved to 8 March in 1913, and has remained the same ever since. The United Nations only began celebrating International Women’s Day in 1975, and in 1977 they adopted a resolution for a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed by Member States on any day of their choice – which is why South Africa celebrates Women’s Day on 9 August, in commemoration of a 1956 march by South African women protesting against the pass laws.

The theme for International Women’s Day this year is Make it Happen, and it is designed to encourage effective action, by everyone, for the advancement and recognition of women. There are many ways in which you can show your support for women’s rights, but obviously it all begins with each one of us acknowledging that women and men are equal, and deserve equal treatment, rights and benefits.

The International Women’s Day website lists the following events for South Africa:

  • Joan Madibeng Management will be hosting a International Women’s Day event at the Walmont Hotel at Mmabatho Palms, in Mafikeng. The event is scheduled for 7 March 2015, from 6am to 11am. Contact [email protected] for more information.
  • Morph Lifestyle Consulting will be hosting their own event in honour of International Women’s Day, from 10am to 1pm on 21 March 2015 , at the Onze Rust Guesthouse & Conference Centre in Stellenbosch. Guests include Annalise Wild, along with six inspiring women from different backgrounds. Tickets cost R250, and need to be booked before 14 March 2015, via [email protected].

Show your support by attending one of the above events, or any International Women’s Day event in your own area, and never stop celebrating women, and calling for equality. If you plan on talking about women’s rights via social media, include any of the following hashtags to increase visibility:

  • #MakeItHappen
  • #womensday
  • #IWD2015
  • #internationalwomensday
  • #PaintItPurple

Whatever you choose to do this Sunday, remember to Make it Happen for women.


Zwakala Africa 2015 Winners

On 27 February 2015, 88 children from 11 SADC countries performed on stage at the John Kani Theatre in Johannesburg during the Zwakala Africa 2015 Gala Event. The judges had a tough task selecting winners, with an incredible amount of talent displayed by all the finalists, but in the end the following countries walked away with the top honour in the respective categories:

Category A (Individual Storytelling – ages 5 to 10)

  1. Namibia
  2. Zimbabwe
  3. Seychelles

Category B (Individual Musical Performance – all ages)

  1. Malawi
  2. South Africa
  3. Lesotho

Category C (Individual Talent – all ages)

  1. Zimbabwe
  2. Malawi
  3. South Africa

Category D (Group Drama – all ages)

  1. Zimbabwe
  2. Seychelles
  3. Mozambique

The DTV team would like to thank everyone involved in this year’s event, and extend a hearty congratulations to all the winners. Photo’s of the event will be published here in the coming days, while the performances at the event will be showcased in future episodes of DTV.


Lilongwe, Malawi

In Candice @

During the recent Zwakala Africa workshops, Candice and the DTV team spent some time in Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi. Join Candice as she explores this bustling city that started out as a small village, and is now not only one of the major entry points to Malawi, but also the seat of the government in the central region.

South African Sign Language Lessons

In this week’s South African Sign Language Lesson, Thabo and Dimakatso introduce vocabulary associated with eating out in a restaurant.

Check please!

In Connect

Medieval Martial Arts have become increasingly popular over the last few years, and this week Thabo and Candice spend some time with Heinrich Jost and the South African Guild for Medieval Studies.

Join us to find out more about medieval combat, along with the equipment involved – from modern safety gear, through to authentic swords crafted in South Africa.

DTV Broadcast Times
This episode is broadcast on Saturday, 07 March 2015 at 12h00 (CAT), and repeated on Sunday, 08 March 2015 at 02h30 (CAT). Only on SABC 3.