One day, long after A-rated researcher Prof Leslie Swartz of Stellenbosch University’s (SU’s) Department of Psychology has retired, a practical symbol of his dedication to the disability cause will remain: an elevator in the Krotoa Building on the main campus.

Swartz first started advocating for better wheelchair access to the multi-storey building when he joined SU in 2001.

It took years to get the elevator project approved and then, in 2010, a fire broke out in the building.

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