Doing Dakar

In our last issue, we reported that Joey Evans was about to compete in the biggest bike race in the world – the infamous Dakar Rally. This is what happened On January 14, Joey Evans drove onto the podium in Buenos Aires, Argentina after participating in the 9 000 km...

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A fisherman’s new friend

Willem Bekker, an amputee who sustained an occupational injury in 2010, was elated to receive a phone call in November 2016, reports Anlerie de Wet On the line was Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA), a non-profit mutual assurance company, of which Bekker is a beneficiary. They told him that they wanted...

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Shake and bake

For people with disabilities to be able to toss a salad or concoct a casserole, an accessible kitchen is of utmost importance. Anlerie de Wet dons her apron. It will cost money and time, but it will be well worth it when the cake is served with a smile at...

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Designing a universally accessible world

Start-up company Studio HB, run by architect and consultant Hiten Bawa, is looking to make the world more accessible with his designs Studio HB is an architectural and Universal Access (UA) consultancy firm. Although the company only launched in September 2016, Hiten Bawa is already busy on numerous projects, including...

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Checking in!

Taking an international flight is exciting, but it comes with its own specific rules and procedures. Here’s what to do before you set off. Fresh from my own trip to Europe and the UK, I thought it would be useful to explain the check-in procedures for international flights. Here are...

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Eating healthily with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

A healthy diet is known to be important for everyone, but for SCI individuals it’s even more critical, reports Anlerie de Wet The question of efficient dietary management in persons with SCI has not yet been satisfactorily answered, according to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information...

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Rehab and where to get it

There are many people with disabilities in South Africa, but the good news is that there are rehabilitation centres to help them become independent, Anlerie de Wet discovers At least 2,9-million South Africans live with disabilities, according to Statistics SA’s 2011 census. There are, however, well-established rehabilitation centres around the...

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Lowering the floor

Low-entry buses in South Africa are slowly becoming the “new normal” – and not before time. Road public transportation systems, specifically buses, formerly made use of a high-level ladder chassis, which precluded the possibility of low-entry or low-floor arrangements. This was largely based on the misconception that the road infrastructure...

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A workable space

If you have a child with impaired mobility, you’ll want to ensure that their environment suits their needs – to help them not only to learn but to thrive, writes ASTRID DE LA REY One of the biggest concerns for parents who have a child with impaired mobility is that...

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