The Quadriplegic Association of KZN owns MiniTown on Durban’s beachfront. An interesting investment in one of Durban’s most popular tourist attractions afford the opportunity for the Association to get a revenue stream, be part of the Ethekweni initiative to entertain tourists in Durban and also create positive awareness.
The KZN association bought MiniTown from the Ethekweni Municipality more than 5 years ago and has enjoyed the opportunity to allow persons with disabilities in for no charge as well as providing an interesting tourist attraction for thousands of visitors. MiniTown is very popular amongst kids and attracts many schools visits. The Association has maintained this feature in Durban at the highest standard with dedicated staff. Visit MiniTown and have fun whilst supporting an innovative investment of the associations.
by Sarah Briggs, QASA Project Co-ordinator44 learners in Cape Town and 75 learners in Johannesburg last year embarked on QASA’s Amasondo Esibindi “Wheels of Courage” learner ships in new venture creation. These learner ships aimed to give people with disabilities the knowledge, skills and experience to set up their own sustainable small businesses.
For these learners the prospect of completing this qualification was a daunting one; many had not completed their formal schooling, many had no business experience, many did not speak English as a first language – and many wondered whether they could stay the course.
18 months on, we are proud to say that our learners have faced and overcome these challenges with spectacular success. In addition to gaining their qualification in New Venture Creation, learners have established businesses in web design, printing and art production, jewellery manufacture, catering equipment and tent hire, vehicle towing services, hairdressing, brick and block manufacture, entertainment, garment manufacture, juice manufacture, engineering and hospitality. More valuable than these enterprises and qualifications is the personal growth gained by the learners who have achieved so much, and in the positive image they present of people overcoming their disabilities and other disadvantages to become proudly South African entrepreneurs.
by Sarah Briggs, QASA Project Co-ordinator
This year QASA’s Quad Squad Day Campaign in partnership with Pick ‘n Pay raised R1,5 million for the Association. This money was allocated to various QASA regions for expansion and upgrading of self help centres, with Ashley Village in Pinetown, Durban receiving R350 000.
The QuadPara Association of KwaZulu-Natal used this funding as well as monies received from Quad Squad Day 2004 and Operation Jumpstart (ex-Natal Lotto) to purchase the house next door to Ashley Village, and converted the building by adding ramps, accessible toilets and a roll-in shower. The new building has residential rooms for three quadriplegics or paraplegics, and will also house the offices of the QuadPara Association of KwaZulu-Natal, and a resource centre and library holding information of interest about disability, with an emphasis on spinal cord injury.