Get your wings!

So, you want to buy and fly a drone? This is what you need to know … Drones are a global phenomenon. They have changed aerial photography forever and allowed surveillance to make enormous progress. It seems drones have almost limitless applications and benefits. In South Africa, drone flying is...

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Caring for your skin

You wouldn’t neglect your heart, so why neglect your skin, when infected or damaged skin can be life-threatening? MARISKA MORRIS investigates some common skin conditions and cures. The integumentary system, which includes skin, hair, nails, glands and nerve receptors, is the largest organ in the body. Skin weighs around two...

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Can I drive?

We tend to take driving for granted. We hop in and out of our cars, zipping through the traffic, without a second thought. But what about those who don’t or can’t drive? CAROLINE RULE, occupational therapist at Rolling Rehab, reports Living sans car is a major challenge in South Africa,...

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Forget “wheelchair friendly”, we want “universal access”!

Many accommodation websites contain a section headed “wheelchair friendly”, but what does this term actually mean? When you contact the establishment itself and start asking specifics, you will often find that only one or two access issues have been addressed. To the lay person, “wheelchair friendly” probably means the inclusion...

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Meet Felicity, the little fighter

Melissa Pretorius, an occupational therapist, works with children with physical, mental, emotional and social limitations. She meets some very special people on a regular basis, but one of them stands out. During the course of my work, I came across a unique case. Felicity Ncube was born with Tetra-Amelia Syndrome...

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Choosing a cushion like an expert

Every wheelchair user needs a cushion, but the most expensive cushion is not always the best. Occupational therapist EMILY MOUTON explains Not all wheelchair users spend the same amount of time on their wheelchairs. They are built differently, with unique diagnoses, risk for pressure sores, environments, support systems and secondary...

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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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