AT THE De­nis Hur­ley Cen­tre’s

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THE De­nis Hur­ley Cen­tre yes­ter­day opened the St Au­gus­tine’s Café, which is run by a group of deaf young­sters, after be­ing blessed by Car­di­nal Wil­frid Napier.

Its main fea­ture is that cus­tomers or­der us­ing SA Sign Lan­guage, one of the coun­try’s of­fi­cial lan­guages.

The café was made pos­si­ble by do­na­tions. One donor was Ire­land, rep­re­sented by the Ir­ish Am­bas­sador, Liam MacGab­hann, who said: “The café was deal­ing with the dis­abled young peo­ple in a way that would help them de­velop and be ac­tive within the econ­omy, give them en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills, give them skills that would sus­tain them go­ing for­ward, and that is im­por­tant.”

Natascha Mc Al­lis­ter, I Can SA KZN op­er­a­tions man­ager, said I Can is part of the Pro­duc­tion Man­age­ment In­sti­tute SA, an ac­cred­ited train­ing provider. “We pro­vided the pupils and the qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“They are con­duct­ing a learn­er­ship pro­gramme here, a busi­ness prac­tice NQF level 1 and on the prac­ti­cal side they need to run and start a lit­tle busi­ness,” Mc Al­lis­ter said.

She said what they were do­ing was not only about in­te­grat­ing young adults with dis­abil­i­ties into so­ci­ety and into the work­ing world, but also creat­ing aware­ness around dis­abil­ity and open­ing up peo­ple’s minds to the pos­si­bil­i­ties of those liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties.

Amanda Clyde, a pupil fa­cil­i­ta­tor who is also deaf, said she learnt a lot from the young­sters who were pa­tient with her and also taught her new words.

“It is up to the peo­ple out there that they give them a chance.

“They are such won­der­ful peo­ple and they work hard and learn quickly. Be­ing un­able to hear makes them work harder and faster,” Clyde said.

News Agency (ANA) | NQO­BILE MBONAMBI African

newly opened St Au­gus­tine’s Cafe, Kather­ine Maguire and her daugh­ter Elisa MacGab­hann use SA Sign Lan­guage to buy cool drink from Vuyokazi Dlamini, Whit­ney Simeon and Pre­cious Vi­lakazi, who then asked which flavour they wanted.

CAR­DI­NAL WIL­FRID NAPIER greets young work­ers at the open­ing yes­ter­day of St Au­gus­tine’s Café at the De­nis Hur­ley Cen­tre in Dur­ban.

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