News & Views - Stimulating Soweto

In November 2007, JHB City Parks Managing Director, Luther Williamson and his team won a £10,000 (about R150 000) Bursary Award at the UN endorsed LivCom Awards. Bursaries are awarded for projects that focus on environmental management and the creation of liveable communities that improve quality of life. (Picture: Prisca Tshabalala in front of the beautiful new mural depicting her and her son, Nkanyezi (“A STAR” in IsiZulu).)

Luther decided to put the money to good use upgrading the Nkanyezi Stimulation Centre for Children with Multiple Disabilities, created and run by Prisca Tshabalala after the death of her 13 year old son, Nkanyezi, who struggled during his short life with cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus and epilepsy.JHB Parks added R500 000 to the prize money and Standard Bank donated slightly more, plus a huge dollop of passion from employees. The centre, in the shadow of the nearby Orlando 2010 Soccer Stadium, came alive with the laughter of disabled children and more than 300 Standard Bank and City Parks employees who took a day off work to paint, plant indigenous trees, lawns and flowers and generally give the park a facelift.Newly laid paving now provides wheelchair access to the specially designed stimulating playground equipment, water features, wheelchair maze, vegetable garden and touch-and-smell green house.The park is open to all children with disabilities. (Picture: Luther Williamson and Prisca Tshabalala stand next to the specially designed playground equipment.)

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