Two weeks ago I was one of the guests on SABC 3’s SAFTA award-winning talk show, “Real Talk.” The show is hosted by 702’s Azania Mosaka. It was a live TV interview with a focus on recognising people with disabilities who have advanced in their careers despite the real (and perceived!) obstacles around disability in the workplace. I am a big advocate for diversity, inclusion and universal access so I saw the interview as a great opportunity to change perceptions around ability.
If you missed the live broadcast, click here to watch the recording (I’m in the first two segments of the show).
It was a great honour to be interviewed alongside Edward Ndopu and Dr Praveena Sukhraji, two exceptional humans who have made a mark in disability advocacy issues around the world.
Before the show, we had the opportunity to share stories about our work and the challenges of living with a disability in South Africa. One thing we all had in common is the ability to look at our situations with humour; a necessary trait when physical and societal obstacles are a daily occurrence.
One challenge I have when I meet someone is the customary handshake. This challenge increases when I meet a blind person! It was hilarious to see how Praveena’s husband had a quick reflex to hold her arm down when she was about to extend her hand to shake mine. These two are in sync! As for Edward, I was very envious of his motorised wheelchair that looks like a spaceship. He wants to be the first person with a disability to travel in space. That wheelchair is a good starting point, Eddie!