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  • TUESDAY 12 January 2016 | 0021 910 6500 | Fax: 021 910 6501/06 | Email: post@peoplespost.co.za

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    Bleak start to year

    TIYESE JERANJI

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    A

    single mother of two is pleading for

    help after a fire burnt down her home,

    which she shares with her children

    and two grandchildren, last week.

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    at this stage she suspects it was caused by

    a short circuit in the house. No-one was in-

    jured in the fire but nothing could be saved

    out of the house.

    Melaine Louw (50) from Factreton says

    she was at work when the fire started. She

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    Louw is glad that all her children and

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    Im theonlybreadwinner formychildren

    and grandchildren. Im very frustrated and

    traumatised about what happened. I dont

    even know how I will deal with this. We are

    really struggling tomake endsmeet; now its

    even worse without a roof over our heads.

    We really need help, says Louw.

    Since the fire they have been sleeping at

    friends places. She is especially worried

    about her five-month-old grandchild who is

    epileptic.

    My friend has been so helpful. We go

    there for food and a place to sleep. She cant

    help us all;my childrenhave to sleep at their

    friends. It would be nice if we could get help

    and go back home. We have been trying to

    clean up, but a lot still needs to be done, she

    says.

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    Niekerk, the founder and chairperson of

    Factreton Development Community, has

    been trying to help the family.

    This is something devastating to happen

    to anyone; and themother is a single parent.

    After the incident she has been very frus-

    trated and we are calling on those who can

    help us rebuild her home to come forward.

    We have helped them with clothes, bedding

    and toiletries but they still need ceiling

    boards and repainting of the house and elec-

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    bench at the V&A Waterfront. The

    art installation was donated by

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    musical Singin in the Rain. Weber is

    flanked by dancers (from left)

    Richard Gau, Mila de Biaggi, Sebe

    Leotlela, Thalia Burt and Jarryd

    Nurden who all starred in the

    production. The bench was conceptu

    alised by Michael de Beer from

    Theatre on the Bay, designed by Any

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    Patients try out horse play

    M

    ove over, mans best friend. Theres a

    new animal bringing comfort and treat-

    ment to patients, specifically individuals

    with mental health problems.

    Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is

    being piloted at Valkenberg hospital.

    Six male forensic patients, mainly with a

    diagnosis of schizophrenia, have been se-

    lected for the pilot, says Nafisa Abdulla,

    chief occupational therapist at Valkenberg

    Hospital.

    These patients were socially withdrawn

    and did not engage spontaneously, they had

    no major cognitive deficits and some of

    them have a history of aggressive behav-

    iour, she says.

    Over an eight week period, patients are

    able to interact with the horses and partici-

    pate in therapeutic exercises via grooming

    or setting out obstacles, either in pairs or

    in groups. The aim of the pilot project is

    to improve the participants ability to work

    and function in a group, decrease irritabili-

    ty and aggressive behaviour, while improv-

    ing interpersonal and social skills. Al-

    thoughminor, my team and I have seen dis-

    tinctive improvements in the selected

    patients during the course of the pro-

    gramme, says Abdulla.

    With similar social and responsivebehav-

    iour to humans, horses have been noted to

    be a hugely beneficial mechanism in thera-

    py sessions for individuals with a variety

    of emotional and mental health issues, says

    Fiona Bromfield, a trustee at the Equinox

    Trust.

    The Trust is a registered non-governmen-

    tal organisation (NGO) that specialises in

    EAP and equine assisted therapy (EAT).

    Although there are many forms of EAT,

    EAP specifically focuses on the emotional

    and mental health of participants.

    EAP is an innovative and creative meth-

    od for addressing a wide range of therapeu-

    tic and emotional needs in individuals. It is

    a short-term, collaborative effort between a

    mental health professional and a horse pro-

    fessional. Strategic activities are estab-

    lished for the participant to partake in with

    the horse, excluding riding, explains

    Bromfield.

    Although animal-assisted therapy isnt

    uncommon,horses respondandreact differ-

    ently to other animals, she explains.

    Because horses are herd and prey ani-

    mals, they are highly attuned to changes in

    non-verbal communication in order to

    maintain the safety of the herd.

    Horse language

    Horses are able to accurately assess the

    state of being of an individual and commu-

    nicate it non-verbally. Thus, these animals

    make great companions for psychotherapy,