Gautrain Management Agency gives back

While empowering passengers with accessible and reliable services, Gautrain also aims to empower communities by supporting care programmes and people with disabilities. MARISKA MORRIS visits a Gautrain Management Agency beneficiary to learn more In the unassuming Alexandra Disability Movement compound, bordering Johannesburg’s Alexandra township, sits the Pillsbury Childcare Centre, a...

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Flying the coop

For wheelchair users who want to leave their family home but are not quite ready to live on their own, there are some alternative housing options There are various reasons to consider assisted living or self-help centres, whether it is to gain better access to education or the formal labour...

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A farewell from Ari Seirlis

Former QASA CEO Ari Seirlis takes a last graceful bow in his farewell letter, with the disability community showing its appreciation for this incredible man who has dedicated his life so far to serving people with disabilities It’s unusual for an NGO to have a CEO for overly long, yet...

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Businesses empowered by SAB Foundation Awards

At the annual SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards, Dr Daemon McClunan, inventor of the OptiShunt, won the 2019 Disability Empowerment Award. MARISKA MORRIS reports Each year, the SAB Foundation identifies small businesses or entrepreneurs who are empowering their communities and people with disabilities through their unique innovations....

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Routine is key

The effects of paralysis on the digestive system and bowel can prove challenging and range from constipation to unexpected accidents. Thankfully, reports LIANA SHAW, most of these can be managed effectively by following a fixed routine Paralysis disrupts the bowel system, with two main types of neurogenic bowel dysfunction commonly...

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The fastest quad on the track

The annual Sabat Powered Wheelchair Race returned to the Zwartkops Raceway in August to crown the fastest motorised wheelchair user. MARISKA MORRIS reports On Sunday, August 4, several power wheelchair users gathered on the go-kart track at the Zwartkops Raceway in Centurion to determine who is the fastest motorised wheelchair...

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Single-use catheters: finally, better funding

Following a ruling by the Council for Medical Schemes, catheter users might now get the financial support they need from medical aids to purchase single-use catheters. MARISKA MORRIS investigates Earlier this year, the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) sided with catheter user Storm Ferguson in his case against medical aid...

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