David Barr is a man with an incredible past. He has done everything from forming part of a team of Parabat Pathfinders to have not one – but three entries in the Guinness Book of World Records. However, if you speak to him now, he will tell you that nothing fulfils him more than publicising the plight of people with disabilities in South Africa and raising money to help fit them with effective prosthetic limbs.

David embarked on this journey in 1991, when he circumnavigated the world on his Harley Davidson alone. One could say that the travel bug bit him on this trip and drove him to undertake several other cross-country trips on his beloved Harley. These include crossing Northern Europe, Russia and Siberia in the dead of winter, as well as a criss-cross of Australia, which was never before attempted. All of these trips not only bagged him a place in the record books as well as the Harley Davidson Hall of Fame, but his Harley’s have found homes in museums across America.

These trips raise funds for a charity of David’s choice, Cheshire Homes which is a bottom up organisation structured around community needs who aim to provide care and support services that empower people with disabilities. He chose this as his favoured charity because it was founded by a fellow soldier, Leonard Cheshire of WW2. This was especially special for David, as he lost his own legs while serving a term in Angola.

His next trip is taking him on a Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster around South Africa where it all started, visiting Cheshire Homes in Cape Town, PE, Durban and Johannesburg, and will be attending daily fund raising events where he will speak about his adventures and his passion for enabling people with disabilities.

Another driving success for Driving Ambitions!

Christina Molebatsi, a wheelchair user having never driven before, showed enthusiasm and determination towards learning to drive. With only ten lessons and she passed her driving test on the first attempt on 25 February.

In her own words, “It was both an incredible and exciting experience. I know that it has taken my independence to the next level.  I want to thank QASA Driving Ambitions and my great Instructor Des, for their support and for believing in me.”

Invitation to participate in the SABS technical committee for assistive products  

The Technical Committee of the South African Bureau of Standards responsible for Assistive products for persons with disability (SABS TC173) drives the development of standards for assistive products and mobility aids.

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is affiliated to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The SABS is a Government institution responsible for the development and monitoring of standards within South Africa. SABS TC 173 (assistive products for persons with a disability committee) is the mirror committee for the International Standards Organization Technical Committee for (ISO) TC 173 in South Africa.

SABS TC173 endeavors identifying and understanding the needs of society and of users of standards in the field of assistive products and contributing to the compatibility of assistive products standards within a global context.

One of the main activities related to the scope would be to identify areas where guidelines and standards could be developed to enhance a common approach in the field of Assistive products and reduction unsafe product in South Africa.

The SABS would like to invite you to become an active member of the committee. The committee is responsible for the development of national standards and other deliverables in the field of Assistive products. Representatives working in manufacturing, academia, users of the product and research will add value to the work of the Committee and working towards a standardized approach in implementing all aspects of safety across the spheres of government.

The committee usually meets twice a year. It is envisaged that most of the work will be done by correspondence (mainly email) which will ensure maximum input from member organizations with minimum inroads on their time.