Why do I always end up going to places that aren't wheelchair friendly?

All five events that I have attended recently served up wheelchair unfriendliness on a dish!

The Taste of Cape Town had 14 of Cape Town's top restaurants offering signature dishes at a fraction of the usual price. Held at Greenpoint Cricket club, the set up included marquee tents and nice coverings overt he grass in the lounges and demo areas. An area was cordoned off with port-a-loos,even a disabled one. BUT! I had to empty my legbag in full view of people in the queue, as the door would not close with my caregiver and I inside.

I had a fabulous time at the Good Food and Wine show at Cape Town International Convention Centre, rolling around in my wheelchair with a permanent smile on my face, in apology for knocking peoples ankles. The CTICC must really rethink their tiny disability toilets. Not much bigger than those port-a-loos. Maybe Joan or Mandy could give them some advice?

You know, if you are going to charge me the full entry fee, then cater for my needs!

Everybody was raving about the Bay Harbour covered market in Houtbay so this girl decided to check it out. They had no disabled parking bays and the market entrance showcased some beautiful artwork and a big ugly step. Once inside, it was a nightmare! The place was so crowded with sellers and buyers, crafts, wares and food that I kept banging into people and things! Unable to get a decent look at anything, hubby and I went to look at what was on offer to eat, and left hungry! It was my quickest visit anywhere. Ten minutes in and out, with me smelling like a brewery after someone spilled beer on me. I shall not return.

I felt so privileged and excited when I received an invitation to SASCOC's prestigious event celebrating 100 Days to the Paralympics at the Baia restaurant, V&A Waterfront. Speakers kept their speeches short, the entertainment was spectacular and the food divine, but they left me off the media list, so I was forced to mingle with the stars instead of attending the media briefing. There were also no name tags, so no one knew who was who. I had guests asking me: "Which sport are you participating in at the Paralympics?" The thick carpets and high tables and chairs made me very glad I had my brother with me or I would have been stuck in one place for the whole night. May our disabled athletes show them at the Paralympics what we are made of.

On a high note: I heard that the Top Billing Presenter Search was on at the Fire & Ice Hotel - so this girl went to audition. The interior was fine, but to get inside  - what a mission! And I didn't even get a call back!

Until next time, keep warm with some hearty tomato soup, and bear with me as I continue my search for the perfect Capetonian wheelchair friendly event!

Tomato Soup

  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1x 410 g can tomato puree
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 chicken or vegetable stock cube
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup cream

Ground blackpepper to taste

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and gently fry garlic for 1 min
  2. Add the tomato puree, water, stock cube and sugar. Simmer for 10 min
  3. Add cream, heat through and serve with black pepper to taste.