Nuke it

Op­po­nents of a R1 tril­lion nu­clear build pro­gramme fear the worst: that En­ergy Min­is­ter David Mahlobo, pic­tured, and Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma will push it through de­spite SA hav­ing an elec­tric­ity sur­plus.

The Citizen (KZN) - - FRONT PAGE - Vir­ginia Kep­pler – vir­giniak@cit­i­

Tsh­wane mayor Solly Msi­manga got in a wheel­chair and ma­noeu­vred him­self on and off a A Re Yeng bus yes­ter­day to demon­strate the univer­sal ac­cess to the city’s bus ser­vice in Pre­to­ria.

Mem­ber of the may­oral com­mit­tee for trans­port and roads Sheila Senkubuge and her Jo­han­nes­burg coun­ter­part, Nonhlanhla Makhuba, wore glasses that ob­structed their vi­sion to sim­u­late the ex­pe­ri­ence of blind peo­ple or those with poor vi­sion on a bus.

Blue Bulls rugby play­ers Ger­hard Steenkamp and Ruan Steenkamp joined Msi­manga in wheel­chairs to test if the bus was as ac­ces­si­ble as he claimed.

On a short ride from Hat­field to Lof­tus Vers­feld Sta­dium, Msi­manga said that univer­sal ac­cess means that the city’s buses caters for preg­nant women, se­nior ci­ti­zens, peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, peo­ple who do not speak a lo­cal lan­guage and those trav­el­ling with chil­dren or with lug­gage.

“When I was in Tai­wan I saw that no­body sat in the pri­or­ity seats. It is an at­ti­tude thing. Peo­ple with­out dis­abil­i­ties should not oc­cupy these seats,” he added.

Guy Davis, an ex­pert on univer­sal ac­cess, said: “The de­sign of a bus is very im­por­tant to en­sure it can ac­com­mo­date some­one in a wheel­chair, a par­ent push­ing a stroller or an old per­son who has dif­fi­culty get­ting onto the bus. These peo­ple must also travel safely and com­fort­ably.

“It must be done be­cause the con­sti­tu­tion re­quires it, as does a UN res­o­lu­tion on the rights of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties,” he added.

Senkubuge said this showed the city was striv­ing for in­ter­na­tional stan­dards re­gard­ing what it needs to do to en­sure great qual­ity of life for the en­tire pop­u­la­tion of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Pic­ture: Jac­ques Nelles

ALL ABOARD. Tsh­wane mayor Solly Msi­manga uses a wheel­chair dur­ing a tour of the A Re Yeng bus ser­vice’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties yes­ter­day.

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