Boosting: Risking lives to stroke egos

The practice of self-induced Autonomic Dysreflexia or Boosting is illegal, but also extremely dangerous. GEORGE LOUW investigates Since the beginning of time there have been those who put their lives on the line. Some do it for a cause; like soldiers. When the cause is good, we call them heroes....

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Renewing travel documents

After a year in lockdown, there might be some of your important travel documents that have expired. MANDY LATIMORE investigates the renewal process With the current lockdown and travel restrictions we may be remiss in checking the expiry date of various travel documents from passports to vehicle licences. It is...

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Addressing partner trauma after an SCI

A spinal cord injury and its aftermath can be very traumatic for the romantic or life partner of the injured person. DANIE BREEDT takes a look at the three phases partners face When sustaining a spinal cord injury (SCI), a lot can change but it doesn’t mean your relationship is...

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Prosthesis only the tip of the iceberg

For HEINRICH GRIMSEHL rehabilitation is much more than simply fitting a patient for a prosthesis. He shares his thoughts What is a rehabilitation protocol and why is it so important? This is better explained by an example. Let’s say for example your leg was amputated below the knee, the wound...

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Ownership and BBBEE

RUSTIM ARIEFDIEN explains how the ownership element can benefit people with disabilities and businesses The benefits of the ownership element of the BBBEE Scorecard may be the most misunderstood element from a disability perspective. Disability can be a direct benefit to a company as a Black Designated Group, which is...

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We are what we eat

Are you a Rolls-Royce or a City Golf? JOY DUFFIELD shares how food can influence our appearance Some of us are born with stronger constitution than others. Some of us (the Rolls-Royce) can eat unhealthily with loads of sugar and alcohol, and yet others (the City Golf) developed diabetes or...

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Accessible home learning

EMMA MCKINNEY provides some tips on how to make an environment more accessible for home learning Previously many parents and caregivers of children with disabilities felt that schoolwork, activities and therapy were best left to their children’s school, teachers and in some instances, therapists. However, the COVID-19 lockdown has shown...

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Hate you, COVID!

COVID has devasted many families and individual lives. LEON FLEISER shares how this virus has caused havoc in the sporting world On December 23, I got my COVID test results back … positive for COVID-19. I started feeling sick that morning, but not too bad. A day later, I was...

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We are all in this together

After a challenging year, RAVEN BENNY expresses the need for South Africans to come together in the new year Who could have known that with the first month of the new year behind us, staff back at work and kids going back to school that things would be almost normal...

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