greenOFFICE aspires to raise awareness about people with disabilities and empowers people with disabilities through employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. This philosophy has been instilled into all aspects of the business. greenOFFICE initiatives include:

  • Annual fundraising event at the Barnyard for QASAand the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Player’s Fund
  • The greenOFFICE cycling club enters several fun races during the year. Members with disabilities ride hand cycles.
  • greenABLE is an empowerment programme that assists people with spinal cord injuries to becomeself-sufficient by owning their own cartridge collection businesses. greenABLE will specialise in printer cartridge, printers and other e-waste product recycling. The company will ultimately employ up to 20 people with physical disabilities with preference given to women. Recovered plastic will be sold on to local recyclers for the manufacture of roof tiles for low-cost housing in the eThekwini area. This unique concept empowers people with disabilities who in turn help the community. The environmentbenefits as tons of potential landfill is recycled. The greenABLE recycling initiative is a win-win, a win for people with disabilities and a win for the environment. And let’s not forget a win for corporates, who pass on cartridges to greenOFFICE, thereby donating to a worthy CSI initiative.

Final Call - Kobie Tait

You were a pioneer. I remember within a few months of my accident, I visited you at the Cheshire homes in Queensborough, you had been a quadriplegic for seven years. You gave good advice, you made it quite clear what lay ahead for me. I am sure that you gave this advice to many people, in the same situation as I was. Your vision of a self-help centre was implemented in ASHLEY VILLAGE and you will be smiling down on this wonderful facility. You can be proud of what has been achieved. Kobie, you were the most talented artist, switchingfrom wood-burning to painting and a master of both. You inspired many other people to take an interest in art. There are many lucky people who purchased your paintings, and your talent now hangs in many a lounge and entrancehall. We will miss you Kobie. We will miss your smile, wewill miss your advice and we will miss your commitment to the cause. Kobie, you will remain a legend, in the minds of all of us that knew you. – Ari Seirlis

The QASA Capacity Building Workshop was recently held in Johannesburg. Well attended by 30 members from various self help centres and regional offices across the country, the workshop was facilitated with the aim of identifying leadership skills and building capacity. Various speakers from well-known organisations presented a range of topics which included employment, sustainability, governance, human rights and legislation. Developing the capacity of people with disabilities is essential, and thesepresentations allowed our members a chance to engagewith experts in the field as well as to network with eachother. The development of our members and leaders iscritical to the sustainability of the organisation, thesuccess of our projects and services and delivery of ourstrategic plan and mission statement. QASA now has access to members for new leadership. This means that many of our quadriplegics and paraplegics have the potential to succeed in the leadership of our projects and committees. QASA would like to sincerely thank our sponsors, Momentum and the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, for making this workshop possible.

QASA welcomed Jason Mazaham, the Access Officer for the National Access Authority, to their offices recently.

Originally from Johannesburg, Jason is in Durban aspart of a nationwide training programme that will see him spend one month training with Joan Seirlis, a local Architect with a wealth of experience in universal design.

Having graduated with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from WITS University last year, Jason has a good understanding of universal access. Often given the opportunity to present on accessibility issues forpeople with disabilities, Jason’s technical expertise is alsocalled on at site visits that he attends nationwide. His next project will see him work with QASA and the Department of Correctional Services, conducting access scans of various Area Commissioner’s Offices and Centres of Excellence in KZN. Armed with a can-do attitude, a passion forarchitecture and a commitment to ensuring accessibility for all,QASA believes Jason has what it takes to succeed and wish him all the best in his exciting career.

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