People with disabilities take the wheel

Lulama Ntandazo Sabani of Reeston and Zamani Xebe of Duncan Village in East London, said that getting their driving licenses is like a dream for them. The pair did not know that they would ever have them due to their disability.

The pair had the privilege of being trained by the Disability Economic Empowerment Trust (DEET) program in partnership with Engen which is responsible for assisting those living with disabilities to acquire driving skills.

This achievement also comes during a month also known as transport month.

Lulama Ntandazo Sabani

Sabani was born with a problem which caused him to have his leg amputated, he said that getting this license will open many doors for him.

“I am happy that I passed this license. This will open doors for me that were previously closed.

“When I was growing up, I always said that a person like me, with one leg would never drive a car, that is why I thank Engen and DEET for giving me this opportunity to improve myself and gain confidence,” he said.

Zamani Xebe.

Xebe, on the other hand, was diagnosed with polio. “By receiving this licence, it means that I will now be able to look for job opportunities.

“People in the community think that a disabled person cannot drive a car, but here I am one with my license,” he said.

This program in the Eastern Cape was launched last year, it has since rolled out in other provinces such as Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Free State.

The General Manager of Engen in Corporate Strategy & Communications, Khalid Latiff, congratulated the pair from East London as well as other drivers who passed the training and received their licenses. He said that this program with DEET, ensures that people with disabilities are cared for until they complete their time in training.

“The programme covers learner’s license preparation and coaching, booking of learners and driver’s licenses, a minimum of 20 hours driving practice,” said Latiff.

“The aim is to upskill 20 beneficiaries in each province with these skills,” said Latiff.