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Umzumbe Mayor, His Worship, Cllr Sydney Gumede and a representative from the Association for the Physically Challenged, Mr. Morgan Ngcobo officially handed 13 wheelchairs to the physically challenged people of ward 13 and 14 at Sangweni Sports on September 2013. The event was a spectacle of jubilation to those who were finding it difficult to move about due to dilapidated wheelchairs. Joy was evident on the faces of the recipients of the wheelchairs.
People of different age groups were beneficiaries of these wheelchairs. The dream of new wheelchairs was made possible by the working together of Umzumbe Municipality and the Association for the Physically Challenged. Cllr Sydney Gumede, Umzumbe Mayor expressed his gratitude to the association and further encouraged people living with disability to participate in activities that will keep the fit. “As Umzumbe Municipality we are very happy to hand over these wheelchairs that we received from the Association for the Physically Challenged. We have a high number of physically challenged people in our communities, we therefore appreciate such a relationship with the association which ends up assisting our people in this way,” said the Mayor.
Cllr Gumede further encouraged people living with disability urging them to participate and to get involved in community development issues, “We would like to see you getting involved in sports and all other government development programs because this is very important.”
One recipient, Mrs Ntombinkulu Skhakhane (64) who became paralyzed in 2007 could not held back her joy after receiving a new wheelchair. “I am very happy to receive this new wheelchair. I have been using an old wheelchair, which was not user friendly for a paralyzed person. Now I will be able go wherever I want to go. Thank you so much Umzumbe Municipality and the association,” said Mrs Skhakhane.
Ngcobo from the Association for the Physically Challenged said that their mandate is to assist disabled people and they are very happy to reach the community of Umzumbe Municipality. “We are very happy that our good partnership with Umzumbe Municipality enables us to reach people from the rural areas. We will continue to assist physically challenged people,” he said.