Pitso Shomang, 38, has given disabled children in Rustenburg and surrounding areas a reason to shine at a two-day sport and cooking competition held at the Sun City Resort outside Rustenburg

The campaign called ‘Look Beyond Our Disability’ promotes equal treatment of people with disabilities.

Shomang said that through the cooking competition he was creating awareness for companies to include those with disabilities in the workplace.

“Through these events I am trying to show South Africa that we need disabled people. We should not let people take us for granted or make us take ourselves for granted. Disabled or not, we all have a role to play in society,” said the self-taught chef with 10 years of cooking experience.

Shomang is the owner of a non-government organisation called ‘Chef PI Kell’s Disability Foundation’. The organisation works with children with disabilities in disadvantaged communities.

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Shomang suffers from an epileptic disorder which affects his speech and body movements.

But the kitchen maestro said bringing visibility to the disabled community was the first step to his dream of opening up his own restaurant.

From left: Thabiso Mabuke,Oagile Moepye and Lotta Ntsibo from Reoleboge Special School prepare food at the cooking competition held in Sun City. PHOTO: ANA

Three learners from Iteko Special School from Tlhabane near Rustenburg took the crown for best chefs. The trio beat Temogo Special School from Mogwase which came second, and Reaoleboga Special school from Moruleng which came third.

Amogelang Seutke, 18, Tshegofatso Sempe, 15 and Nomalanga Mohau, 16, worked together well which prompted an idea to collaborate in future. “We are happy we won this competition. We have been practising very hard at school with our teachers. I am glad all the practicing was useful in the end. And we cannot wait to have our own things after here as chefs,” Tshegofatso said.

Chef Pitso Shomang says South Africa needs disabled people. He organised a cooking competition for disabled children to display their cooking talent. PHOTO: ANA

Author: ANA Newswire