Celebrating Fathers with SCIs

To commemorate Father’s Day on Sunday, 20 June 2021, QASA held a lucky draw. The winner was awarded a R1 500 Checkers voucher (also redeemable at Shoprite). To enter, the children of father’s with spinal cord injuries (SCIs) had to post a photo to social media with a short description...

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Dan Kekana Passes

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dan Kekana, who served as provincial chairperson for Disabled People South Africa (DPSA) for several years. He was a disability rights activist and will be sorely missed by the disability community. Our condolences to his friends and family. We...

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Fierce women with disabilities

To commemorate Women’s Month, we interview three fierce women with disabilities who challenge themselves to achieve inspiring goals Dreams, however big or small, seem a lot more achievable when there are others who have accomplished it too. There are only a few women with disabilities who are in the public...

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Stepping into the future

Netcare has implemented an electronic medical record system, CareOn, which has enabled staff to have a truly patient-centric approach to treatment. Heinrich Grimsehl explains In 2018, Netcare embarked on a journey to digitise clinical records. This would provide patients with the best and safest care. Only a year later, by...

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Caring with Pizzazz

Caregiver Zodwa Mabuza’s gentle, intuitive approach to caregiving moved George Louw to investigate and learn more about her journey Pizzazz meaning an attractive combination of vitality and glamour. Synonyms include stylishness, elegance, gracefulness, poise, sophistication, chic or finesse. I first met Zodwa Mabuza when she became a carer to my...

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Tips to travel by road safety

Between lockdown restrictions and civil unrest, travelling safely can be challenging. Mandy Latimore provides tips for remaining safe on the road The civil unrest in June and August, as well as travel restrictions, has made me reconsider the safety measures that we need to put in place to travel safely...

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Not just surviving but thriving

Koben Hofmeyr has only begun to chase his potential. DAN LOMBARD reports The world is currently operating under abnormal circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, for 18-year-old Koben Hofmeyr, this is exactly the arena in which he thrives. Endurance triathlons are seen as the pinnacle of sport as it...

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Caring better for your bladder

 With gaps in the level of care, Dr Virginia Wilson and her team wrote a paper on the recommended best practice for bladder management. Mariska Morris reports Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are accompanied often by other conditions due to the damage caused to the nervous system. A common resulting condition...

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Wheelmate to track accessibility

The Coloplast WheelMate mobile app makes it easier to find accessible parking bays and bathrooms Many companies try to accommodate people with disabilities by providing accessible bathrooms and parking bays. However, it can be challenging to locate these when first visiting a new building. In addition, these may not meet...

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Recognise the symptoms of trauma

The increased levels of stress caused by the pandemic can have lasing effects. Mariska Morris looks at how selfcare can help and when to seek professional help Stress and anxiety are ever present in the lives of many South Africans. It could be stress about their job security or their...

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