Advocacy & Lobby
QASA is a member of the South African Disability Alliance. The national director of QASA has a mandate from the SADA, to deal with issues of access.
Together with the national Council for persons with physical disabilities in South Africa, we represent the SADA on the task team for accessible transport with the department of transport.
This task team is liaising with the 12 cities who are implementing rapid transit system (BRT), and many of the rural areas whose public transport is being upgraded. Furthermore, the task team is responsible for ensuring that the Gautrain is also accessible, and in this case a consultant has been employed through the SADA to ensure that this will be accessible.
There is an updated report on progress of accessible transport available from QASA site, or office.
QASA and NCPPDSA have developed a document which will form the policy for a National Parking Disc for wheelchair users. This document has been forwarded to the department of transport and a process is now in place that will see the document becoming a regulation or legislation..
Progress of this initiative will be announced to the disability sector.
A partnership between QASA and NCPPDSA has created a new document which has just been submitted to the SARS to influence tax paid by persons with disabilities. .
QASA and NCPPDSA have been representing the members of the South African Disability Alliance, to try and get some major changes to the National Building Regulations..
We have hired a consultant to ensure that the content of the proposed regulations at a the standard of universal design.
QASA and NCPPDSA, will now lobby the Minister to speed up the process of adjusting the National Building Regulations to reflect principles of universal design.
QASA has been instrumental in negotiating with the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, that persons with a permanent, severe mobility impairment, may apply for a permit to use a vehicle on the beach.
This privilege can be applied for through the department.
QASA has a partnership with the CHRIS BURGER PETRO JACKSON PLAYERS FUND and a prevention strategy to reduce the number of persons who become spinal cord injured through rugby has been introduced by SA RUGBY at school level as a result of strong lobby by QASA and the CBPJPF.
QASA keep a monitor on the number of catastrophic injuries through rugby and will react when necessary.
“Everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law. Equality includes the full and equal enjoyment of all rights and freedoms. To promote the achievement of equality, legislative and other measures designed to protect or advance persons or categories of persons, disadvantaged by unfair discrimination may be taken.”
The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996