Council speakers meet with the disabled

2017-04-26 06:00
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COUNCIL speakers from iLembe, Ndwedwe, Mandeni, KwaDukuza and Maphumulo municipalities met members of the District Disabled People’s Forum (DDPF) to talk about matters that directly affect the welfare of people living with disabilities recently.

The forum tabled several issues, including budget allocation for people living with disabilities, unemployment among people living with disabilities, shortage of scholarships and bursaries for people living with disabilities, how people living with disabilities access municipal offices, how people living with disabilities can benefit from government tenders, the lack of sports and recreation activities for people living with disabilities and the establishment of a forum to deal with issues for people living with disabilities.

iLembe District Municipality speaker, Lucky Makhathini said some of the issues highlighted are outside the scope of local government such as scholarships and bursaries and the awarding­ of tenders to people living with disabilities.

“Some issues are not necessarily easy to deal with, but because they directly affect us as local government we will look at how we can deal with them, this includes access to municipal offices.

“To deal with other issues we would first have to schedule a meeting with sector departments,” he said.

Makhathini said even though municipalities have sub-committees that deal with matters relating to gender and old age, there is still something that needs to be done when it comes to people living with disabilities.

“As a result portfolios committees and their sub-committees unduly or unintentionally neglect disabled people. We have to fix this,” he said.

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