Marisa Smit was diagnosed as deaf at the age of 14-months, but her mother was determined that this would never affect her daughter’s ability to realise her dreams. Marisa’s mother resigned from her job as a music teacher, and began learning South African Sign Language, and everything she could about audiology, so that she could help her daughter succeed.
By the age of 4-years, Marisa had her first hearing aid, and had started dancing lessons, which allowed her to express her emotions through movement. At the age of 17, Marisa received a cochlear implant, and soon after, was selected to train at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, one of the top dance schools in the world.
Watch as Marisa and her mother revisit the memories of their extraordinary journey, which is far from over.
South African Sign Language Lessons
Are you or partner a terrible cook? Is every mealtime like an episode of Kitchen Nightmares?
In this week’s South African Sign Language lesson, Karabo presents a wonderful solution to a young man whose wife is not quite at home in the kitchen.
Income Tax is not the only tax payable to SARS, but it is the one that most people know about.
DTV got some SARS executives to answer your burning questions relating to tax in South Africa.
Rosebank Sunday Market
The Rosebank Sunday Market has, for many years, been a wonderful way for locals and tourists to be exposed to the diverse culture, craft and food of South Africa. But behind-the-scenes changes meant it almost disappeared completely.
DTV spent a day exploring all the market has to offer, and finding out why it almost disappeared, and how it was saved.