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How Robots Can Help People With Disabilities Walk Again

2 Jun 2020

The wheelchair has long been the primary solution for those with mobility challenges, yet the design has not changed drastically in hundreds of years. But new walking robots may finally be ready to disrupt the space, with one exoskeleton becoming the first to allow a paraplegic man to walk fully upright, without the need for...

“Please help me publish my book”

31 May 2020

By Bernard Chiguvare “Please help me publish my book in which I am trying to tell the readers that nothing is impossible as long as one remains focused. I also want to alert readers that disability does not mean inability,” said Khuthadzo Ndou. The 22-year-old writer from Tshikota, next to Louis Trichardt, was born with...


25 May 2020

By Kingsley Ighobor. Africa Renewal – Bankole Labody Oyou, a 24-year-old mass communications student in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, was born blind. He always relies on a family member or friend to get around the city and to class at Fourah Bay College, which is perched on Mount Aureol in central Freetown. He says that...

Measures in place to help people with disabilities amid Covid-19 pandemic, says Nkoana-Mashabane

25 May 2020

  By Sesona Ngqakamba Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says specific measures are in place to consider the universal design and reasonable accommodation on screening, testing and quarantine sites to be accessible to the disabled. She was speaking during a webinar hosted by the department on Friday, which focused on upholding...

Disabled Alliance slams dept, Nkoana-Mashabane as ‘out of touch’

25 May 2020

By Sipho Mabena The department’s disability unit was staffed by only three people, while the minister announced that people with disabilities should receive food parcels, but this was not happening.

Life under lockdown for people with disabilities

22 May 2020

By Biénne Huisman for SPOTLIGHT Covid-19 and South Africa’s lockdown have impacted the lives of people with disabilities in ways that may not be immediately obvious. Biénne Huisman spoke to three people with different disabilities about how their lives have changed.

It’s Time to Rethink the Language of Accessibility. And to Imagine a More Equal World

21 May 2020

BY EDDIE NDOPU Ndopu is an Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. He is also the Founder and CEO of Beyond Zero Ventures. Accessibility is a slippery, deceptive word that belies its own emancipatory meaning. Let’s demonstrate this through a simple thought experiment. Imagine being a wheelchair-user....

Innovate Now Accelerator Programme Seeks Mobile Solutions to Assist Persons with Disabilities

19 May 2020

Programme opens submissions for second cohort with focus on mobile as a bridge to assistive technology NAIROBI, Kenya, May 19, 2020/ — Innovate Now (, Africa’s first Assistive Technology Accelerator is seeking applications from innovators across the African continent who are dedicated to developing mobile based technologies designed to assist people living with disabilities. The...

Over 15 000 farmers approved for COVID-19 fund

19 May 2020

More than 15 000 small-scale farmers have been approved for the COVID-19 Agricultural Disaster Fund, says Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Thoko Didiza. The Minister briefed the media on the outcome of the Agricultural Disaster Fund application process on Sunday. Didiza said that 55 155 applications were received from smallholder and communal farmers,...

Over R500m in funding for farmers approved so far

18 May 2020

By Melitta Ngalonkulu But three of every 10 applications were turned down due to a lack of proper documentation or incorrect filing. Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza announced in a briefing on Sunday that 15 036 applications have been approved for the R1.2 billion Covid-19 Agricultural Disaster Fund. Those not...

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