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LISTEN: Mobility made easy in Mofolo

DPI-Japan donates a bus for wheelchair users in Mofolo.

On Thursday the Independent Living Centre based at Mofolo received a bus for people who use wheelchairs.
Japan National Assembly of Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI-Japan) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) handed over this vehicle to make the lives of people with disabilities easy.

The vehicle will be accessible to those who attend the Independent Living Centre. It will be a special feeder service for persons with disabilities in Soweto and Braamfischerviile.

Nandi Mayathula Khoza MEC Gauteng Department of Social Development said “We are humbled that our friends and partners from Japan have reciprocated our trip with good investment for people with disabilities in our province.

We are confident that this pilot will help us fill in gaps between persons with mobility restrictions and accessible transportation networks. We sincerely thank our partners and friends, DPI-Japan, JICA, Human care Association and all other role-players for making this day a special day for people with disability in our country.”

The donation is aimed at bridging the gap of accessibility to transport for those who are physically challenged. It will also make life easy for them when they travel as most of public transport does not accommodate them.

the MEC

“Most of the public transport that is available to the general public is not always accessible for the wheelchair users, and many people with visual impairments don’t find the extra assistance they require.

A bus fitted with an automotive loading and off-loading lift. We are tacking one of the biggest obstacles that persons with disabilities often encounter when using public transport,” said Mayathula-Khoza.

 

 

Chairperson of DPI-Japan, Midori Hirano said it became clear that accessibility for those with physical challenges in communities, especially low-income areas was insufficient. People with disabilities face various difficulties in their daily lives due to housing and transport facilities not equipped for them to access.

“We believe this partnership will last forever until disability rights are fully achieved in Japan, South Africa and the rest of the world,” said Hirano.

Ntombana Mngomezulu who is a peer counselor at Soweto Independent Living Centre said, “I’m overwhelmed with the vehicle because as the organisation we used to struggle with the transportation.”
CTA watch video when they are demonstrating how the bus works.

 

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