The magic of mobility

Three things are of the utmost importance to Johannesburg’s Shirin Vaid: her faith, her family and mobility. CHARLEEN CLARKE discovers that she is finally able to tick all three boxes … Shirin Vaid was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) some 15 years ago. As a qualified nurse, this was one...

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Inspiration personified

Although out of sight these days, Natalie du Toit is certainly not doing nothing. THATO TINTE finds out what she’s been up to since her retirement four years ago. Legendary, determined, courageous – these words have come to be synonymous with Natalie du Toit. For more than a decade, this...

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Clean up

The bathroom is one of the most important spaces in a house. AIMEE SHAW looks at the specs of universally accessible bathrooms. Universally accessible bathrooms specifically cater to the needs of people with disabilities without sacrificing aesthetic value. To get it right for different users is both a challenge and...

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Accessibility checklist

The conference business is big – but how do the establishments shape up for people with disabilities? Here are some of the establishments that have good conference facilities, and also offer accessible accommodation. The list is growing of places that would like me to visit, but due to work pressures...

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Sunrise on the Limpopo

Kruger National Park’s new Pafuri Border Camp allows access to a mystical world. The far northern reaches of Kruger National Park, known as the Pafuri area, are relatively unexplored. Once, there was no park accommodation in the area, the closest camp being two hours’ drive away, which meant it was...

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Double the delight

The Land Rover Discovery 4 and Discovery Sport are all the double Ds you need, as ZIPHORAH MASETHE finds out. When you think of buying a vehicle, and an SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) is just what your life seems to demand, you should be deliberating between the Land Rover Discovery...

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Gettin’ around town

If you have a disability, affording a vehicle and the associated expenses can be difficult. However, if you want independence and the opportunity to integrate and circulate, a vehicle is first prize. GAVIN MYERS looks at some of the practicalities. Certain countries, such as the United States of America (USA)...

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Smart ideas

Technology offers great tools for people of all abilities. Apple and Samsung, for example, offer a variety of built-in tools that help people with disabilities get the most out of their mobile devices and computing equipment. CLAIRE RENCKEN does some research Apple is one of the world leaders in technology...

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Speedicath changes lives

Take it from Ettienne Calitz, who shares his story to bring hope to others in the same situation “In 1990, at the age of 20, I dislocated my neck in a car accident. Although I am today classified as a ‘walking quad with spastic paralyses’ I am still faced with the...

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More than a pretty face

Justine Asher has been a Paralympic hand-cyclist for only a few years but has already accomplished so much. CLAIRE RENCKEN finds out what inspires this beauty. A former model, Asher was paralysed at the age of 18 in a car accident. She has an incomplete spinal injury, which means her...

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