Disabled still face barriers

2017-01-11 06:01

Access to structures, facilities, resources and environments is a daily challenge faced by persons with disabilities, while unemployment is at the top of every government discussion.

South African National Parks (Sanparks) has recently committed itself to tackling these two challenges in partnership with the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD).

A commitment was made towards the development of a universal design of facilities for disabled people’s work environment and access to ensure equitable access for all at Sanparks facilities.

The agreement is reported to have been reached by the NCPD, in partnership with Sanparks, when they committed to working together to broaden opportunities for placement of persons with disabilities and for universal access to public parks.

The announcement was made by the CEO of the Kruger National Park, Glenn Philips, at the launch of the Sanparks Disability Forum, held on International Disability Day.

The statement from Charity Mahla­sela from the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA) reads that Sanparks signed a pledge and agreed to create accessible facilities for their guests and employees to be able to share in the Sanparks experience.

Sanparks further pledged to offer opportunities of employment to persons with disabilities at all levels in the organisation.

“The partnership also includes an employment programme, which will be done in partnership with the NCPD to appoint persons with disabilities in Sanparks structures.”

According to the 2013-’14 14th Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) Annual Report, only 0,9% of the country’s Economically Active People (EAP) are persons with disabilities.

Sanparks is already doing well with their equity targets and looking foward to starting the developments from April, with the hope of spreading the developments throughout the country.

“Unemployment is a great challenge and we believe there is a gap that can be filled,” said Therina Wentzel, national director of the NCPD.

“Persons with disabilities with qualifications are not being employed due to work environments that are not sensitised.”

The NCPD is an organisation dedicated to advocating and facilitating inclusion, access and economic empowerment for persons with disabilities.

The organisation also influences and contributes to government policies to assist in implementing sensitisation programmes.

“Accessibility is still a massive challenge faced by persons with disabilities and it is the barrier to creating inclusive environments for all. There are still structures that are not wheelchair compatible that are meant for the public, let alone other types of disabilities,” said Wentzel.

According to Wentzel, 7,5% of South Africans (excluding children aged four and younger) are identified as persons with disabilities.

“Though they are seen as a minority group, they have rights and should be acknowledged and considered and involved in environmental plans and legislations.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.

/World
 

Fascinating facts about dogs

Think you know a lot about dogs? How many of these facts do you know?

 
 

Paws

Perfectly captured cat snapchats!
Fascinating facts about dogs
Out with the old dog, in with the new
Play with your pet when you're not at home
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.