Insightful tour around the city

2016-12-08 06:01
 Minister Anroux Marais and Cllr Anda Ntsodo, with Brandon Beack and Dube testing facilities for disabled people in the Mother City.

Minister Anroux Marais and Cllr Anda Ntsodo, with Brandon Beack and Dube testing facilities for disabled people in the Mother City.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Minister Anroux Marais and Cllr Anda Ntsodo, MAYCO Member for Community Services, took up a challenge to join a wheelchair bound athlete for a stroll through the City of Cape Town.

Both Minister Marais and Cllr Ntsondo completed the route in wheelchairs, starting in Roeland Street and ending at Cape Town Station.

The challenge was initiated by Brandon Beack, an athlete who was left a C6/C7 quadriplegic after a tragic gymnastics accident in August 2012. Since his accident, Brandon has become an advocate for those living with disabilities, driving awareness initiatives to highlight the challenges they face.

During the stroll, Brandon pointed out the improved accessibility for those in wheelchairs, especially in Adderley Street where ramps have been increased and pathways upgraded.

After the stroll Minister Marais said, “This stroll has indeed been an eye-opening exercise, in that Brandon pointed out challenging experiences we usually take for granted, or do not consider at all. It is good to see some of the progress made in making the City more accessible. Brandon also showed us how crossing a road or navigating a side-walk with protruding tree-roots can be difficult in a wheelchair. We will be sharing our experience with the Mayor of Cape Town and the Minister of Public Works and Transport to engage on our shared commitment to the ongoing project of building a more inclusive Western Cape”.

Some of the issues Minister Marais and Cllr Ntsodo have committed to taking further include:

• Metrorail trains should incorporate ramps from the platform to the train entrance. During the stroll, it was close to impossible for the Minister and Cllr to enter the train because most trains are elevated from the platform

• Continuing the rollout of ramps, especially at busy intersections throughout the city

• Increasing the size of parking bays for the disabled where this is not already the case

“We would like to thank Brandon and the Walking with Brandon Foundation for the insightful tour around the City,” said Minister Marais.

She said the province and city remain committed to making work and recreational spaces friendly and accessible for people with disabilities.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

/News
 

Perfect dog-walking 1: Why dogs pull on the lead

Some dogs go mad the minute they see the leash, drag their owner out the door and once outside start spinning, leaping about and pulling their humans off their feet.

 
 

Paws

SA stats: The role of pets in families
The top 6 poisonous foods for your pet
Does your dog have separation anxiety?
Fascinating facts about dogs
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.