On 21 April 2014, the BHP Hearing Impaired learners had a visitor come to the Durban North Academy as part of an initiative to inspire and motivate some of our learners.

Richard Trezise who is himself hearing impaired has had quite a successful life. He studied at Fulton School for the deaf. On completion of his schooling, he went on to study jewelry design and had his own jewelry store in Berea for 8 years. He then decided to go back to his first love which is teaching judo and karate to young children at various schools.

Thirteen BHP learners were coming to the end of their learnership. They had struggled in the beginning of their learnership, but all of them had persevered through determined effort and hard work.  So we  invited Richard, who has overcome obstacles of his own and has shown that through determination, anything is possible.  The learners enjoyed their morning with Richard as they all got to chat with him about their goals and dreams.

Later the group was taken outside where Richard showed the ladies different karate moves, which they enjoyed. He gave us some tips on how to protect ourselves while on the streets and some moves to protect ourselves should we be attacked. Richard offered the ladies free lessons as many showed great interest in the sport.

It was a wonderful day and the ladies really enjoyed it and felt very motivated afterwards.

We  thank Richard so much for his time and effort and encouraging the ladies to follow their dreams.


On Tuesday, 11 March 2014 the 0perational management team met at King Shaka airport before travelling  to Margate for a three-day team-building and strategy session.

What fun! In-between the individual presentations by the  managers and regional feedback, there was time to consolidate the relationships among team members and build a healthy rivalry into the mix.

Apart from the early morning exercise session on the beach (poorly attended by the way) there were also a few mind games to challenge us:

Ban   ana (banana split)

wHeather (bad spell of weather)

The operational managers presented their regions to the team in the form of a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis. Ideas were shared and group consensus obtained. This opportunity allowed for the sharing of best practice and standardizing of procedures.

Everyone came away from the Margate experience feeling refreshed and part of an extraordinary team that together as a teamI CAN DO ANYTHING!


Parc Du Cap had a family day event where parents of learners were invited to spend the day at the academy on 22nd April 2014. Activities included playing board games and dominoes with the facilitators. Classrooms were divided into different game rooms and learners and parents rotated to play the different games.

To keep the day interesting, staff handed out awards to the following learners:

Most improved learner – awarded to Feziwe Bomvu (who unfortunately couldn’t be with us on award day because she was sick. Her certificate and gift was received on her behalf by her facilitator Sandy Zigana).

Best attendance – awarded to one of our deaf learners Siyabonga Njokwana

Best personality – awarded to Xoliswa Myoli.

I Can!  appreciates the effort that these learners make to be in class and to learn and improve academically and socially in all aspects of their lives.



We are very sad to say goodbye to the first group of learners exiting the PE academy. Over the last year these learners have taught us so much about life and shared so much of themselves with the staff that it is so sad that they are leaving. They have big dreams and we are thankful to have shared in that for the past year.

Samkela Rala, 18 years:

What has the learnership meant to you and I Can means to you?

“I’m very grateful for the skills and experiences gained through the learnership. I have learnt so much; Module 1, Relationship with the employer taught me how to communicate and interact in the workplace. I am truly thankful for the opportunity and if another learnership would become available then I would not hesitate to sign up.’ I Can! and my facilitators has also taught me presentations skills; I am very shy and in the beginning I was not able to speak in front of my class or other people.

What are you planning to do next and what are your goals?

“I am planning to do a Business Practice learnership next year. I will try to get employment in the meanwhile because the knowledge that I have gained at I Can! has equipped me to do so. I used to have such a low self-esteem but during the past year I have gained a lot of confidence.”


Luzuko Naliti, 21 years: 

What has the learnership meant to you and I Can! means to you?

The learnership has changed my life because now I have a positive attitude towards life.  I have learnt and engaged in good practice and this will help me in the long run.

What are you planning to do next and what are your goals?

My goal is to study further and gain more knowledge. At the moment my learnership is ending but hopefully I will find a way of living. I have learned so many good things such as dealing with the module called relationship with the employer, this has helped me to be more articulate. Another module is called Personal Finance, this module also helped my family and friends. This assisted them in ensuring they do not end up in debt by means of budgeting. Rather than make debt they should try saving. I have told people that they should save for rainy days maybe they will have serious financial problems.

I Can! wishes Samke and Luzuko and the 17 other learners who will finish this month a prosperous future. May they continue to grow into the beautiful men and women they have become.



Our Cape Town Domestic Services Learners have been honoured at their graduation on  March 25 held at the Bellville Civic Theatre.  It was a  special  occasion for our graduating  learners, all kitted out and ready to receive their recognition. Parents and some clients  were invited to enjoy being part of this special day.

79 of our graduates received Certificates of Completion with delight and pride in their achievements and hard work. The parents of  graduates were as proud in their role as  facilitators of the learner’s accomplishments. The graduates and some current learners at the Academy, showcased a beautiful song and dance routine to entertain  guests.

We wish our graduates the very best on their endeavours and trust they will be able to utilise their newfound skills and knowledge in their own lives and continue to strive to achieve success in all they set out to do.


Please visit our new Khulisani website at, featuring information on our existing projects as well as ideas on how companies can earn five bonus points on their BBBEE scorecard by supporting Khulisani through enterprise development.

Khulisani was founded in 2012 and is the sister company of I Can! ( It is their mission and focus to find employment for the qualified I Can! learners that have completed their qualification. Our ‘Learn to Earn’ program is a great scheme which allows learners with a disability the opportunity of employment, while learning new skills.

Through the initiative of Enterprise Development, organizations are able to achieve transformation and also create opportunities for persons with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Visit the Khulisani website and help your company achieve transformation through enterprise development and give People with Disabilities the opportunity to ‘Learn to Earn’.



Sello Frans Tlomotsana was born on May 16, 1982. He attended primary school and high school in Limpopo province in the district of Capricorn Zebediela. Due to an unfortunate incident, Sello lost his eye sight in 2000.

It was so hard for me to adapt to the situation that I was going through. As time went by I realised that life was worth fighting for and I accepted who I am and believed in myself that I will make it.”

In 2012 he continued his studies in ICT at DVG MEDIA TRAINING on a full time basis. At the same time he was studying ICT (NQF Level 5) at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) at the Polokwane branch on a part time basis.

“Regardless of how hard it was to live with my disability, at the end I made it! Now, I am a happy man and I feel completed. Hopefully I will be able to secure a permanent position after my studies with Regiment Capital, thanks to the I Can! partnership with PMI.”


As an act of solidarity with people around the world having Down syndrome, the staff of Durban North academy decided to support the Down Syndrome International initiative by wearing odd socks.  World Down Syndrome Day was started  on March 21, 2006 and is celebrated annually.
The aim of the day is to raise awareness and understanding of a condition which affects approximately 1 in 800 births worldwide, and to promote the inherent rights of persons with this syndrome so that those affected can enjoy full and dignified lives and be active participants in their communities and society.
Down syndrome is a genetic condition that causes delays in physical and intellectual development. Individuals with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. It is the most frequently occurring chromosomal disorder. Down syndrome is not related to race, nationality, religion or socioeconomic status.
Why odd socks then?
In the words of Director, Ali Smeeton: “They may be odd, but they are still socks!”
The KZN Academies fully supported wearing mismatched socks on the March 24 (delayed because of a public holiday on the 21st).


I Can! Parc du Cap interviewed learners to find out what they know and understand about Human Rights day, celebrated annually on  March 21 in South Africa.

This is what Phatheka Mgqolozana, one of our deaf learners, had to say about Human Rights.

On March 21, 1960 a crowd of about 5000-7000 black protesters marched to the police station in Sharpeville in Transvaal in the Gauteng Province. Police opened fire on the protesters killing 69 people. Sources still disagree about the crowd’s behavior: Some say they were quiet and peaceful and some say they were hurling stones at the police and that the shooting started then. But I understand one thing about that day, 69 people were killed; children were left without parents and parents without kids. Today 21 March is celebrated as a public holiday in South Africa, in honor of Human Rights and to commemorate the Sharpeville Massacre. Some of the rights that those people died for are equality to all, right to education and the right to Social Welfare to name a few.

This is what some of our other learners had to say about the Human Rights day.

Human Rights day is an important day to the people of South Africa. It started on March 21, 1960. The apartheid government had a law that all black people had to carry passes as permission that they can be wherever they are. These documents served as reference books which had to be carried by black people wherever they went and if they failed to produce these documents on demand by the police, it was taken as a punishable offence. The PAC (Pan African Congress) proposed an anti-pass campaign to start on March 21, 1960. African men who were taking part in the campaign were to go without their pass books and present themselves to the apartheid government police. A confrontation with the police took place at the Sharpeville police station which lead to 69 being killed and 180 wounded in Sharpeville alone. Hence this day was dubbed the Sharpeville massacre.  Since then this day in South Africa was marked as Human Rights day in remembrance of those killed.


First External Moderation for Eastern Cape

After applying for exit moderation for a group of learners at the Port Elizabeth academy, the PE team was given a date for external moderation about a month in advance, which gave us a few weeks to finalize preparations. Planning had taken place to meet Services SETA requirements, but this was an intense process to gather information, ensuring a smooth exit of our first group of learners.

Weeks passed by as meetings were held between the Academy Supervisor Darelle Yon and Programme Co-ordinator Cindy Mclean. On the morning of the 15th of October Lauren Butler the Operations Manager (on maternity leave) arrived to support and share her expertise with the team. Two evaluators from Services SETA arrived to conduct the external moderation. The moderation was scheduled to take place at 10am however the evaluators arrived an hour early! Fortunately we were well prepared and therefore able to commence upon their arrival.

As much as this is a common process among all regions this moderation was a first for the PE team. We believe that we would not be as effective without the ongoing assistance from all regions as it was easy to pick up the phone and ask for guidance. So in this newsletter we would like to thank all of I Can! for their team orientated work ethic which has helped the academy grow as it has. The exit moderation was a great success, the Evaluators had only positive feedback and for this we would like to say thank you to all who assisted in big or small ways. As usual, Louise Carlyle-Mitchell, our extremely competent assessor, who was also on standby, played a particularly valuable role and we continue to appreciate her ongoing guidance.

I Can! PE’s success is not just a success for PE but a success for I Can! as a whole. We not only pay tribute to the hard working team we have in PE but the hard working staff at I Can! Disability Academy! It is easy to take credit but we as a team first of all Give God the glory for what is taking place in our academy and we trust Him for further guidance and growth.

There was great relief as all the hard work had paid off and a special thanks to all the role players that made this moderation a success. To Darelle and Cindy a big thank you for holding the fort and ensuring the moderation ran smoothly.


I Can! Durban North Academy


All employers should “reasonably accommodate the needs of people with disabilities.” This is both a non-discriminatory and an affirmative action requirement in South Africa. The aim of this accommodation is to enable any person to perform the essential functions of their job. Reasonable accommodation, which refers to modifications or alterations to the way a job is normally performed, should make it possible for a suitably qualified person with a disability to perform as everyone else. The type of reasonable accommodation required would depend on the job and its essential functions, the work environment and the person’s specific impairment.

On the 13th of October I Can! Durban North Academy started a new class on a Business Practice learnership, with 12 learners having substantially varying physical disabilities. So how did we reasonably accommodate these learners?

We had ramps built for easy access into the academy; an accessible toilet placed in a convenient location and had special desks made to accommodate people requiring wheelchair access. We also had training material printed on A3 pages with much bigger font for our visually impaired learners.

We all need to be prepared in the event of emergencies, so it was also essential to install a fire alarm that works on a system of lights, to alert our hearing impaired learners in the event of a fire or other emergency.

All these minor adjustments were made to reasonably accommodate ‘people with disabilities’. We would like to encourage every employer to look at their worksites and see what can be reasonably done to ensure our disabled colleagues in South Africa are also able to contribute towards the prosperity of this beautiful country.

Operations Manager – KZN

Natascha Mc Allister

Cape Town Bellville and PDC has a new Quantum!

October started off on a high note when we received a very welcomed gift from ADCORP.

Western Cape Academies are now proud owners of a Quantum. We would like to thank ADCORP for sponsoring the Quantum for our Bellville and Parc Du Cap Academies. It goes without saying that this gift will be of great assistance when we are required to transport our learners to various sponsor’s premises.

Our first trip in the van was to I &J on the 16 October 2014. The learners were invited to tour the I &J Factory in Woodstock, Cape Town. The learners were excited and thrilled to be visiting their sponsor. Not even the rain on that day could have dampened the spirit of the learners.

We were greeted by staff who also acted as our tour guides. We were then escorted to the change area where we had to wear standard overalls and boots for the tour. The learners were then taken to all the different areas of the factory and saw for themselves how the fish, (hake in this case) was cleaned, sorted, and packed. I&J employees were very friendly and greeted us as we went along the tour. It was indeed an eventful morning and we would like to thank I&J for taking the time to show us around their premises and for the friendliness of their staff.

Maryam Kriel
Operations Manager – W Cape

I Can! Makes a Difference

On the 30th of July 2014 I met Mrs Thoko, a Social Worker at Othandweni Children’s Home. Othandweni means “Place of Love” in Zulu and Xhosa, and this is what they strive toward it being.

The home is situated in Mofolo South, Soweto. The centre was established in 1984 as a project of child welfare and it offers residential care for up to 90 children of all ages who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. The Centre also has limited places available for destitute mothers or pregnant women who are contemplating the future of their unborn children.

I Can! was able to conduct Tram assessments on some of the Othandweni (intellectually disabled) residents. They were so overwhelmed to be part of this exciting program. I Can! believes in the value of putting ability before disability. We see how many challenges people with disabilities face on a daily basis and therefore it is important to us to also make a difference in our communities; to lead by example.

I will never forget the day I met with the Othandweni family and to have given hope to differently abled individuals. I wish them all the best.

Thapelo Monyeke

Recruitment Officer – Gauteng