Khayakazi Mfebe lives in a rural area called Tyelerha Location(Qamata) in Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape. She is 30 years old, the mother of a three year old baby girl and unemployed graduate in Butterworth. After I matriculated in 2000, I went to Walter Sisulu University where I obtained my National Diploma in Tourism Management in 2006. On the 1st of May 2006 I joined for the company called Dlomo HR Services, where I worked as a Facilitator and also Office Admin.

And life is changed forever

On the 28th of October 2010 I was on my way back to East London from Tyelerha for a weekend visit. Just after we passed a vehicle we approached a sharp curve and the driver (my uncle) lost control of the car and it rolled many times. I lost sensation in my lower limbs right there and then. I was then taken to the nearest hospital, Cofimvaba Hospital, where they examined me and decided to transfer me to Frere Hospital for further tests. They operated on me on the 9th of March 2010 where doctors discovered that my T11 was smashed while they put screws in T10 and T12 in order to prevent further damage. Dr. Kaschula and other doctors performed the operation successfully. On the 19th of March 2010 I was transferred to the Cecilia Makhiwane Hospital for rehabilitation, where I attended physiotherapist sessions. They trained me how to take care of myself (how to dress myself, how to wash myself, etc). The nurses in Ward 29 were very friendly and supportive.

What I have experienced is that it is not easy to live in rural area where when you are disabled. The lack of activities, lack of information, and the fact that you do not have other disabled to socialise with makes it very isolating. Disabled people in rural areas don’t know much about organisations that assist people with disability, and able bodied people do not understand our world and do not accommodate us in same cases. The challenge I am facing now is to find a job and move on with my life, rather than sitting at home umemployed.

"Life is a field of unlimited possibilities...."