15 July 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Matlosana Municipality marks Albinism Day 

by: Meisie Dintwe   date: 29 june 2018

Living with albinism is not only a challenge because of an overly sensitive skin, but people living with albinism are often discriminated against or their lives put in danger by those who believe in myths about them. 

Matlosana Local Municipality recently commemorated the International Albinism Day by raising awareness on issues of people living with albinism. They too are protected by all the human rights we enjoy in South Africa. 
                
The event was hosted by Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) responsible for Transversal Issues, Irene Matetoane, and attended by different stakeholders such as departments of Health, Social Development, SAPS, business delegates and members of the public. 
 
Dr Diakanyo Montwedi said people living with albinism were the same as any other person and that they only have less pigmentation, a condition that affects the colour of their skin, eyes and hair. Because of this, they have low eyesight and sensitive skin. Albinism can be found in all races.  

“People living with albinism inherit genetic disorders from their parents. They can live normal lives when they protect their sensitive skins by wearing long sleeves and long pants, apply sunscreen and wear sunglasses and hats. Their skin is prone to cancer, so they need to be well taken care of,” explained Dr Montwedi.

A representative of the Albinism Society of South Africa, Kgosi Segopodi, said she was a product of Matlosana Municipality and is a professional nurse because she obtained a bursary from Matlosana Local Municipality eight years ago.  

She encouraged people with albinism to follow their dreams and be as ambitious as any other person because they also have the potential to become whatever they want.

Albinism Society of South Africa
Albinism Society of South Africa’s Segopodi also encouraged them to form support groups to support each other.  She said people living with albinism should register on the Klerksdorp Hospital database in order to receive monthly sunscreen subsidised by government. 

Though incidents of brutal and barbaric killings of people with albinism have made news headlines in different parts of the country, Matlosana Local Municipality has not experienced any such incidents.

“What is needed is more awareness campaigns to educate communities about albinism to stop discrimination,” said Segopodi.