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20100601 Rural travel and disability in South Africa


20100601 Rural travel and disability in South Africa

Rural travel and disability in Leroro and Moremela villages, South Africa

This paper presents insights into rural travel and mobility issues facing persons with disabilities [PWD]. The linkages and impact of existing social, economic and physical constraints to rural travel and movement is explored and discussed. Greater insights and understanding of rural travel and movement issues impacting and impacted by PWDs is gained by means of making use of a rural case study of Leroro and Moremela villages, Mpumalanga Province. The study findings and results indicate that although on average PWDs in rural areas face similar travel and movement challenges as those in urban areas, the complexity and peculiarity of rural local level travel and movement may not necessarily demand the same range of interventions that typically would resolve similar challenges in an urban setting. Hence, PWDs in rural areas face significantly different levels of challenges that require interventions and strategies that are pitched at a different level.