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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Tutu to attend CPUT Disability Drive Expo

TEAMWORK: Dr Nina Du Toit, head of CPUT Disability Unit, with Nicky Abdinor and students who are designing the car

With just under a month for CPUT to hold its Nicky’s Drive Expo, the university is firing from all cylinders as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife, Leah, will be joining the line-up of high-profile guests.    

The main highlight of the Nicky’s Drive Expo will be the unveiling of the prototype of a car adapted for people living with disabilities by CPUT students.

CPUT is using innovation to accomplish disability inclusivity with its Informatics and Design and Engineering faculties collaborating to build the car.  This pioneering project is headed by Professors Mugendi M’Rithaa and Oscar Philander.

The project is linked to Nicky’s Drive, a registered non-profit organisation founded in 2011 by Nicky Abdinor. The organisation aims to fund car adaptations for people living with disabilities in South Africa.

The CPUT students have been working with Nicky to develop the sophisticated technology she uses to drive as her physical limitations only allow her to drive using a joystick hydraulic steering system with her right shoulder.

It is the first time that the technology is developed in South Africa. Abdinor’s current vehicle was adapted in the United Kingdom.

Her new car will be on show during the expo which will take place on 7 March in the Major Sports Hall on the Bellville Campus.

By Kwanele Butana

Written by CPUT News