Jobs for disabled people on the South Coast

2012-12-11 00:00

QUALIFIED people with disabilities on the South Coast could be in line for 100 jobs which have been made available.

Disabled People of South Africa (DPSA) and Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta) announced recently that they were offering graduates with disabilities a one year internship programme that begins next year.

The two organisations said that they have joined hands to make sure that the minimum requirement of employers was to make place for two percent of disabled employees to have jobs in KwaZulu-Natal next year.

Chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal DPSA, Sipho Gamede, said that part of his organisation’s mandate was to advocate the rights of the physically challenged and getting them employment was one of those rights.

“There are so many disabled people on the South Coast who are unemployed because they are disabled, even though they might be educated in some way. This has motivated us to approach the Services Seta to come up with a plan to get these people employment,” said Gamede.

Disability advisor from Services Seta, Andrew Madella, said after they were approached by DPSA, they concluded a co-operation agreement to try and provide jobs for disabled people and to create learning interventions for them.

“The internship programme aims to help qualified graduates with disabilities from any tertiary institution or Further Education and Training College or with any Seta qualification.

“The successful candidates will receive a R3 000 stipend and a R500 transport allowance per month and devices that will assist them in doing their jobs,” said Madella.

Gamede added that by December 21 they would be closing the application process and in the middle of January next year they would be allocating the successful candidates to their new jobs.

There will be no advertisements for these jobs.

“People should fax their qualifications together with their particulars to us on 031 701 6053 as soon as they can.

“We are busy collecting the data because we will submit the data to the Services Seta in early January so the successful candidates can start during that same month,” said Gamede.

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