2010 stadiums must be disability friendly - SADA

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Johannesburg - As football fever gains momentum in the country, the South African Disability Alliance (SADA) are demanding to be part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup legacy.

On Thursday, SADA members delivered a memorandum containing their grievances to Local Organising Committee boss Danny Jordaan at the South African Football Association (SAFA) offices.

Musi Nkosi, who led the group, told BuaNews that some of the ten host cities' stadiums were not accessible to people with various forms of disabilities.

"We have realised that accessibility to most of these stadiums to individuals with disabilities is not adequate. We are also not clear on the issue of transportation.

"We want to know the pick-up points of people with disabilities to the stadiums. We are also demanding parking specifically designed for people with disabilities in all these stadia,," he said.

The group, which claims that they have only been allocated 50 seats in each stadium, has requested the LOC to give them 0.5 percent, about 374 seats for people with disabilities.

Nkosi added that he hoped all their grievances would be met.

In receiving the memorandum, Jordaan immediately proposed to meet SADA leadership on March 31 to resolve the issues.

"We care about you, that's why we've agreed that those who will be pushing your wheelchairs will get access to the stadium free. If there are issues, let's meet to resolve such issues," he said.