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October 2015

International Conference on the Education of the Deaf (ICED)
Athens, Greece: 6th to 9th July, 2015

DeafNET’s Representative Mr Malonje Phiri (Deaf) and his Sign Language Interpreter Betty Wisiki attended the International Conference on the Education of the Deaf in Athens, Greece. The theme of the conference was “Educating Diverse Learners: Many Ways, One Goal”. The conference also attracted teachers of the Deaf, caregivers, audiologists, neurologists and speech therapists. In attendance also were Deaf leaders of Deaf associations and societies around the world. Mr Malonje Phiri said: “It was a huge privilege for me as a Deaf person to represent DeafNET and being able to promote deafness and DeafNET as an international acknowledged organization that empowers the Deaf with knowledge. The powerful character and influence of DeafNET did not only impact on me and my interpreter, but also those at the conference and specifically those who we have interacted with personally”.


World Federation of the Deaf Conference
Istanbul, Turkey: 28 July to 1 August 2015

Four members of DeafNET’s volunteer network, The Africa Contact Group for Mental Health and Deafness (ACGMHD) represented DeafNET at the World Federation of the Deaf Conference(WFD) in Istanbul, Turkey from 28 July to 1 August 2015. The WFD has been attended by the chairperson, Mr Abdelaziz Arssi from Morocco, the deputy chairperson, Ms Deborah Iyute (Deaf) from Uganda, Mr Jonathan Amuah (Deaf) from Ghana and Mr Innocent Djonthe(Deaf) from Cameroon.


HIV/AIDS Toolkit project
Blantyre, Malawi: 25 July 2015

On 25 July 2015, Pastor Jimmy Akimu and his team presented a successful HIV/AIDS information session to 43 Deaf persons at the Bible College, Berea Hall in Blantyre, Malawi. The HIV/AIDS Toolkit from DeafNET was used to transfer the information and knowledge to the Deaf beneficiaries. On 20 September 2015 another session was presented - 61 Deaf and hearing persons attended.

  HIV Toolkit  
Educators from Zimbabwe and Tanzania receiving training in the use of the HIV/AIDS Toolkit
HIV Toolkit

Ido Awards 2015
Johannesburg: 15 February 2015

DeafNET celebrated Healthy Relationships and Happy Homes with the Ido Magazine at the Birchwood Hotel in Johannesburg on 15 February 2015. Deaf couples from Swaziland, South Africa and Botswana attended the event. Romeel & Carla Jaftha, were announced as the Winners of the Ido Awards (Against all odds). DeafNET thanks Ido Magazine and ambassador, Felicia Buthelezi, who facilitated this event.


Charity Comedy Show in aid of DeafNET
Worcester: 13 June 2015

DeafNET’s Goodwill Ambassador, Rob Van Vuuren hosted a Comedy show at the Golden Valley Casino, Worcester on 13 June 2015 in support of DeafNET’s Leadership and Management Programme. The show was also supported by other Ambassadors, Rosebud Tsobane, Theresa Olivier and Isak Andrews. Golden Valley Casino, our main sponsor, was represented by their General Manager, Mr Keenan Bergins and the Marketing Manager, Ms René Scholtz.


DeafNET’s Scholarship Programme
Congratulations to Nelisiwe, Samantha and Loveness

  Nelisiwe   Samantha   Loveness  

DeafNET’s 1st Scholarship student from Swaziland, Nelisiwe Dlamini, finished her studies as Assistant-Chef in 2014 and she got her first employment at Pick ‘n Pay Mbabane, Swaziland from 1 May 2015.


Our 2nd Scholarship student, Samantha Hector from Mauritius, is currently studying Early Childhood Development at NID College for the Deaf.


A two year Scholarship Award has been granted to Loveness Tendai Majoni from Zimbabwe to study at the NID College in Worcester from January 2016c

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Red Star Training Method
Mozambique: 21 to 26 June 2015

DeafNET Centre of Knowledge and our partner, De la Bat School for the Deaf, visited Mozambique recently from 21-26 June 2015. Ms Marie- Louise Kanda, Coordinator of the Red Star Project from DeafNET, Mr Phillip Cook principal of De la Bat School for the Deaf and Mrs Ina Senekal the founder & facilitator of the Red Star Training method from De la Bat School. The follow-up visit was to monitor the implementation, progress of the training method and to give support to the three educators from ESCOLA DE EDUCAÇÃO ESPECIAL NO 1, Maputo, Mozambique, who were trained in the Red Star Training Method from 11 May to 7 June 2014. The educators are: Ms Adelina José Muchave (Deaf), Mr David Luís Nhantumbo and Ms Ricardina Abilío Tembe.

  Red Star Mozambique  
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Red Star Training Method
Tanzania and Zimbabwe: 11 May to 05 June 2015

Mrs Ina Senekal is busy with the training of educators from Tanzania and Zimbabwe in the Red Star training method. Two Deaf educators and 3 hearing educators attended the training from 11 May to 5 June 2015.

  Red Star Zimbabwe and Zambia  
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Red Star Training Method
Botswana: 11 to 28 August 2015Red Star Botswana

6 Educators from Botswana has been trained in the Red Star Training Method from 11 August to 28 August 2015.


DeafNET Annual Golf Day
Paarl: 30 October 2015Golf Day

Tusk Event Management is assisting DeafNET in organising their 1st Annual Fundraising Golf Day on 30th October 2015 at Boschenmeer Golf Estate in Paarl.

DeafNET is allowing you the opportunity to assist in raising funds for the education of Deaf children in Africa to empower the Deaf

Book your 4-Ball!! Complete the booking form and send it back to Maureen at admin@tuskevents.co.za.

For any further information, please contact Maureen on 082 927 3529.


Leadership and Management Training
Tanzania: January 2016

DeafNET will be training Deaf leaders in Leadership and management in Tanzania during January 2016 to equip them to lead their Deaf community.


Cycle Tour
Cape Town: 6 March 2016
Cycle Tour


DeafNET Africa Conference 2016
Johannesburg: 23 to 25 August 2015DeafNET Conference

Our 10th anniversary coincides with the Africa Conference. Contact africa@deafnet.org for more info .

SMS DeafNET to 48821 and Donate R10.00