Small business gets a big win thanks to the SAB Foundation

The SAB Foundation awarded over R9 million to 24 small businesses for their work in social innovations or empowering people with disabilities. These were the winners. The 24 winners of the SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards 2017 were announced in Johannesburg on Monday evening, October 23. The...

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Tackling Table Mountain on Tyres

Mountains are often inaccessible for persons with mobility impairments but that’s not the case with South Africa’s own Wonder of Nature. In 2007 a global initiative to identify seven new wonders of nature chosen by a global poll was conceptualised. By the time voting was completed in 2011, 100 million...

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One size doesn’t fit all…

Many wheelchair users either can’t afford quality wheelchairs or face long waiting lists. Donated wheelchairs seem like the solution, but there’s a catch. ccording to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than a billion people need assistive technologies such as wheelchairs. However, only one in every 10 of those has...

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Five years with Panthera

Is it risky to use an ultra-light wheelchair? Personal accounts from Chairman Industries’s two longest-term users of Panthera dispel the myths and stigmas. It has now been more than five years since the arrival of Panthera wheelchairs in South Africa. There have been many positives and some negatives said about...

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Make gym less daunting

Personal trainer SUNE VAN NIEUWENHUYZEN shares her exercise routine for wheelchair users. I put this programme together so that wheelchair users can exercise without getting out of their wheelchair. The programme is designed for the Human Sport Equipment and Kinesis machine, which allows wheelchair users (who are not strong enough to...

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Judge of his own court

From the Paralympic Games to corporate success, Justin Govender’s journey has been one of overcoming setbacks and embracing growth and inspiration. JEAN-LUC HARDY explains. At the young age of 17, Justin found himself facing an entirely new world after having his ability to walk stripped from him. In 1995, he was...

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When depression comes knocking

Depression is common among wheelchair users shortly after their spinal cord injury (SCI). MARISKA MORRIS learns more about the signs, treatment and prevention The prevalence of depression and anxiety among people who have suffered an SCI is between 20 to 45 percent, notes Dr Lissele Botha, who is based at...

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