Waterwheels wheelchair and beach access mats were handed over to Buffalo City Metro in Gonubie Beachside on Monday 20 May 2024.

This is a partnership between BCM and the Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment (DFFE) and the hand over was done l under the theme "Wet your feet on a beach, Full Access for all".

The objective of the Metro's partnership with DFFE is to enhance a greater participation in this region, attract persons living with disabilities in particularly wheelchair-users, strollers and to further promote universal full-beach accessibility in the City.

The collaboration also aims at promoting the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

BCMM Executive Mayor Cllr Princess Faku gave the recipients a message of hope, assuring them that the Metro will always empower people living with disabilities. "We need to fight against the marginalization of people with disabilities," she said.

"I plead with officials and the public at large that these facilities do not go to waste. The success of this project is on us," Faku added.

In closing she said: "Through the District Development Model, the city will aggressively promote oceans economy to create job opportunities, empower people with disabilities and women."

Other stakeholders involved include the South African Human Rights Commission, Standard Bank, Rise and Shine Disability Magazine, Beach Wheelchair For Life, Holistic Healing Tidy Towns,Living Hope Mzamomhle and The Association for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (REHAB).