• Receiving the President's Award for achievements and work in the field of intellectually disabled South Africans during the 17th Annual Hamlet Foundation Awards Ceremony in Johannesburg. Picture by Lettie Ferreira.


My story is one of hope, encouragement and making the best of what you have!


Against all odds….

  • She is the only qualified person with Down syndrome with a tertiary teachers diploma (without any concessions made) in the world.
  • An international ambassador for all people with Down syndrome.

  • A national and international motivational speaker with over 500 public addresses in New York, Rome, South Africa, Israel, India, Berlin and all over the UK.

  • Appeared on national television addressing the State President, as guest on many shows like Pasella, Kwêla and “Ontbytsake”;  and as part of the TV production “Binnelanders”.
  • Received numerous national and international awards on changing social perceptions on peoples with intellectual challenges.
  • Currently an assistant teacher at a pre-primary school for learners with special needs.

Outstanding awards:

  • The Presidential Award for people who have made a contribution to the lives of mentally handicapped people in South Africa – first time ever received by a person with a disability.
  • World Down Syndrome Day Award for incredible efforts to change the lives and perceptions of people with Down syndrome internationally.
  • Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year category winner for “Young Movers” – first ever winner with a disability, and first ever to receive a standing ovation.

“You can’t keep this girl down…

nor her standing ovations!”