PODCAST: THRIVE Part 3: Former JSE employee with paraplegia shares her story

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Former Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) employee, Emilie Olifant, incurred a spinal cord injury from a car accident in 2003.

According to the 2011 Census Data, there are 2.9 million people with disabilities in South Africa.

The data shows that about 2,5% of people with physical disabilities have mild difficulty in walking, while 1% reported having severe difficulty in walking a kilometre or climbing a flight of stairs.

Olifant shares her journey with a disability, personal achievements, aspirations and challenges with SABC Digital News producer, Lebo Tshangela in this bi-weekly feature, Thrive.


“We really need to believe in ourselves, and people who acquire a disability along the way, they should not give up and lose hope. Life happens, some people have cancer, some people have dreaded disease,” says Olifant .

Below is the full podcast:

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