It’s great news for people visiting the Umhlanga promenade in wheelchairs! The deck at the end of the promenade below Breakers Resort is now accessible to all, after a wheelchair ramp was fitted over the steps. The need for the ramp became apparent after a guest at the Breakers Resort wrote them a letter in May 2016 explaining how her husband, wheelchair-bound after a stroke earlier this year, was not able to access the deck.
Noeline Joubert and her husband have been visiting The Breakers every year since 2006, but after her husband’s stroke, the 3 steps down onto the deck are now impossible for them to navigate and they can no longer enjoy watching the sea together.
Noeline’s email was sent to the UIP who put in a request to the City’s Coastal Engineering Department to install a remap, The request was favorably received and actioned as fast as possible, with the ramp installed this week. A fantastic all round effort with a single request creating a better experience for all visitors to the area.
Wheelchair access onto beaches has been a major issue for both local and visitors to our city. Last year we published an article on the possibility of installing a wheelchair access platform onto the beaches in Durban. The beach access mats like the one below would give people in wheelchairs an opportunity to go onto the sand and be closer to the beach.
We hope that the city heeds to the plight of the thousands of people in wheelchairs and makes this dream a possibility for many who cannot enjoy the beauty of the Durban beaches.