Author Archives: Vuyiswa Mdlalo

Dr Shaheda Omar talking injustice of child hunger with Eusebius McKaiser on 702.


Children need play as much as they need fresh air.

Play Today – The Urgent Phasing in of Essential
Outdoor Social Play for South Africa’s Children
“The true character of society is revealed in how it treats its children.”

  • Nelson Mandela
    “A child’s best interests are of paramount importance in every matter
    concerning the child.”
  • Children’s Act 38 of 2005, section 9
    “Children need play as much as they need fresh air, clean water, and
    nutritious food. This plan looks like an excellent way to allow play while
    minimizing the risk of exposure to Covid-19.”
  • Dr Peter Gray, USA, an author on the impact of play deprivation on children’s mental health,
    commenting on the draft guidelines offered in this document. An example of his work can be
    viewed here

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Stop late payments of social grant.

ABC Model Covid-19

            THE ABCDE MODEL

How to manage stress and anxiety about corona virus

Normalize feelings of stress and anxiety   We should discuss with patients that all of us can expect to feel some stress and concern about the corona virus situation and the uncertainty surrounding it. Accept that there is STIGMA with those who contract it. Always “normalise” this and encourage accepting it rather than trying to deny it. The situation is definitely stressful for all of us and we should acknowledge this with our patients.   Encourage patients to maintain their daily routine as much as possible   This is a standard recommendation for stressful times and applies to the corona virus situation as well...

How to get masks.

Call us on 011 484 4554 to get masks for children.


Teddy Bear Foundation open during Covid-19 lockdown

The Teddy Bear Foundation continues to render services to child abuse victims and their families. In order to minimize the risk of transmission of Covid-19 the group sessions for court preparation will now be done telephonically or online. This will require one on one support with both child and parent.
The tele-counselling will continue but emergencies will be seen at the clinic. Emergency forensic assessments will be conducted online where possible or else with social distancing and protective gear.
The medical clinic will remain open to emergencies.
The Teddy Bear Foundation will continue to reach out to victims of child abuse during this lockdown.


Mask making project

The Teddy Bear Foundation embarks on a mask making project for children from disadvantaged areas to protect them from Covid-19. The Foundation has secured some sponsorship for the masks. If you would like to support please contact us on 011 484 4554 or


What informal residents can do to avoid Covid-19