In December the I Can! Disability Academy in Musgrave moved from Silverton Road to Durban North. The new Academy is big enough to accommodate two more venues, which by next month will be full! A big thank you to PMI for all the desks and chairs for the venues.

The learners have responded well to the move and are all enjoying their new classrooms. They also have a comfortable recreational area outside where they can enjoy their tea and lunch breaks. The new space also has kitchen facilities and a practical room which enables the learners to prepare food and improve their cooking skills. We are proud to be able to give our learners  the opportunity to participate  and thank all our clients for their continued support. This year we want to assist as many of our learners that we can with finding suitable employment opportunities so they can enter the workforce upon completion of their studies.

A very big thank you to Adcorp for their generous sponsorship of a second vehicle to I Can! The Durban Academies are going to benefit greatly from the use of the Mercedes Vito for transport.


For the PE staff, 2013 ended with a beautiful summer’s day on the beach for our yearend function. The staff brought along their little ones to enjoy the day with the I Can! team. Needless to say when we returned to work in January, we were refreshed and ready to hit the road running.

To add to the optimism, January marks the month that we passed eight of our moderations with flying colours, and we will be bidding farewell to the very first group of I Can! learners in PE on 30 January.

This month we are looking forward to welcoming 20 new female learners on a Hygiene and Cleaning learnership, sponsored by Grindrod Limited. Grindrod’s business is moving cargo by rail, sea and air, as well as providing integrated logistical and specialised services en route. Although our learners are obviously not cargo, we are confident that with this sponsorship, Grinrod will also be moving the lives of these 20 females to new heights!


Learners from our Kempton Park and Jet Park academies attended their graduation ceremony on 30  November 2013.

Our keynote speaker was Nonhlanhla Mabusa (previously interviewed in our newsletter She gave a motivational talk on living with disability from a personal perspective.

Graduates were then entertained by current learners in the form of a short play about the challenges they face as young people living with disability. The play touched a lot of people in the audience and the actors earned a standing ovation.

Finally we were entertained by some of our deaf learners who signed the song used in a recent song competition.

Our take-home message:

  • I’m beautiful in my way
  • ‘Cause God makes no mistakes
  • I’m on the right track baby
  • I was born this way
  • Don’t hide yourself in regret
  • Just love yourself and you’re set
  • I’m on the right track baby
  • I was born this way


On the 24 January 2014 Cape town-Bellville Domestic Services learners celebrated their cultural diversity by dressing in traditional attire, thereby showcasing their personal heritage. All learners welcomed seeing the various styles and learning more about the different African cultures. The planning of a cultural feast and different attire was a project that these learners used to research for their formative assessment of the Life skills module.

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