As a person with disabilities, Nonhlanhla Bakasa not only works for the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), she’s also set up two of her own organisations to help disabled people thrive: AdoWord Multimedia and AdoWord Disability Trust. Her role with the NCPD involves the social and economic empowerment of youngsters and entrepreneurs, and her insight into the resources available helped her launch her two side projects. One major success came during the Covid-19 lockdowns, when many university students were struggling to continue their studies because they didn’t have the necessary equipment to work from home. AdoWord Disability Trust managed to secure funding and provide devices. “My greatest desire is to see a South Africa that is fully inclusive and accessible to all,” Bakasa says, “and to help people with disabilities become confident in their strengths and use their abilities to contribute positively.”
I want to see you women stand up and speak out, women no longer dying in silence and women putting themselves first.