Easter mobility for the disbaled

2016-03-24 06:00
Siyabulela Mamkeli, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Health (standing at the back, second from left), Patricia de Lille, The City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor (middle) and other officials during the handover of the wheelchairs to beneficiaries, last Wednesday, in Nyanga.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Siyabulela Mamkeli, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Health (standing at the back, second from left), Patricia de Lille, The City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor (middle) and other officials during the handover of the wheelchairs to beneficiaries, last Wednesday, in Nyanga. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Easter benevolence could not have come earlier for the physically disabled in Nyanga.

What with Mayor Patricia De Lille donating life changing wheelchairs to about ten of their lot, including beneficiaries from outside the area.

The event took place at the Zolani Centre in Nyanga east.

Als in attendance during the handover was Siyabulela Mamkeli, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Health.

The wheelchair donation was made possible after after Mamkeli made a request for them on behalf of residents in need.

The project saw ten other wheelchairs being donated to other needy residents early in the year and five others were donated last year.

De Lille said the donation will make the beneficiaries feel that they have freedom to access all areas of the city.

“When it comes to those who are physically disabled, we believe that we must take extra special care to ensure that that sense of belonging is felt and lived.

We know that people with disabilities face serious challenges to participate meaningfully in community activities with regard to access to public institutions and facilities as well as employment,” she said.

She said the City has implemented initiatives to raise awareness concerning disability to break down the barriers and promote greater social integration for people with disabilities.

De Lille said through MyCiTi service, they are the only city to have disabled-friendly public transport and that they also top up this service with Dial-A-Ride which is a public transport service for those unable to board mainstream public transport.

Mamkeli said the wheelchairs will go a long way in helping the residents.

“I was touched by seeing the disabled residents struggling with mobility.

They will help them to exercises as they will be driving the wheelchairs on their own to wherever they want to go. This is a restoration of their dignity,” Mamkeli said.

Thozi Mciki, manager of Vukuhambe Disabled Centre, said he noticed that the beneficiaries wore smiles on their faces which showed that they were happy for the donation.

Mciki was left disabled after he fell from bed when he was eight months old.

He then developed complications from his neck and later his legs became affected.

“Our challenge, as disabled people, is that it takes time for government to assist us when we raised our concerns. It takes longer to get assistance.

We have different challenges as disabled people,” Mciki said.

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