Bonga Rati was born in the Eastern Cape and raised by his grandparents, who taught him discipline and managing tough situations. This inspired him to join the military as a soldier.
His ability to handle challenges was put to the test in 2016, when he was involved in a car accident that left him a C6/7 quadriplegic. Rati went through rehabilitation at a military hospital and returned to work with limited function in his arms. He now works in human resources and lives in Langebaanweg in the Western Cape.
Rati still relied on family for transport, however, and his desire for more independence motivated him to apply for the QASA Driving Ambitions rural programme. Rati went to the Durbanville Quadriplegic Centre in July.
“I needed a licence to improve the quality of my life,” Rati explains. “It is also beneficial for attending courses, being on time for work in rainy or windy conditions.” With his new-found independence, Rati says he plans to further his studies, buy a house and invest in a business. And his next step will be to install hand controls in his car.
Rati extended his gratitude to Lowri Williams, Theuns Botha and Ronelle Lyson in particular. “A special thanks to all of the staff members at the Durbanville Quadriplegic Centre as well, for making my stay incredible,” he says. “I would also like to thank the colleagues who assisted in making it possible for me to attend the programme.”
QASA would like to wish Rati well with his new ventures. Happy motoring and remember to buckle up!