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Disability market disappointing - Zuma

2010-12-03 19:32

Johannesburg - Progress towards pulling people with disabilities into South Africa's work force is too slow, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

Speaking during a visit to the Adelaide Tambo skills development centre in Benoni, he said a recent report by the employment equity commission showed the disabled made up about 0.9% of the employed. The target was 2%.

Zuma was accompanied by Zambian President Rupiah Banda, who is on a state visit to South Africa.

December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, first established by the United Nations in 1981. This year's theme is: "Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the millennium development goals towards 2015 and beyond."

Zuma said the issue of economic participation by people with disabilities needed to be prioritised.

"The report indicates that people with disabilities in the private sector was 1% in 2009 which represents about 35 000 employees.

"We have to encourage the private sector to continue to increase the number of employees with disabilities because it makes business sense," Zuma said.

Dependency grant

The number of people receiving disability grants had increased from 694 000 in 2002 to 1.2 million this year. Government also provided a care dependency grant of R1 080 a month to help families care for children with special needs in their homes.

It also provided a disability grant to adults over the age of 18 who were unlikely to find employment because of their disability and had no, or limited, sources of income.

Zuma said it was unacceptable that up to last year, people with disabilities made up only 0.6% of state employees.

"We need to ensure that every government department meets its individual obligation with regard to employment of persons with disabilities."

Zuma said steps needed to be taken to increase the enrolment of children with disabilities at public schools.

"If we can make progress in education, we can pull many people with disabilities out of conditions of poverty," he said.



Comments
  • Marius - 2010-12-03 20:17

    "Bull sht" ... focus on crime first and prioritised minimum job losses before all this other petty stuff.

  • Herman - 2010-12-03 20:31

    perhaps this ass of a president should be disappointed at all the murders of innocent farmers

  • Nibiru - 2010-12-03 20:33

    How can he make a statement like that. Look at the job we gave him.

      Herman - 2010-12-03 21:24

      spot on, just having him as president should fill our disability quota

  • Beket - 2010-12-03 20:56

    3 years old mr President - and not a word fcking idiot - we as taxpayers dont want to support people that is leeches. In south-Africa it is a dissability to be white - you going to help me murderer - that kids blood is on your and your clown's hands.

  • Beket - 2010-12-03 20:59

    and the censors strike again :) - still a 3 year old and not 1 word - we dont want to support leeches as taxpyers. Im white - in South Africa that is a disability - you going to help me ?

  • Beket - 2010-12-03 21:02

    3 years old mr President - and not a word fcking idiot - we as taxpayers dont want to support people that is leeches. In south-Africa it is a dissability to be white - you going to help me murderer - that kids blood is on your and your clown's hands.

  • McFreak - 2010-12-03 21:06

    Mr President are you in touch with reality? Supporting disabled people, as noble as it may be, costs money, but your government condones wasting mlions, in many ways. We all want to help, we pay taxes, we behave ourselves, we work hard. But ypou hit us and insult us with your reaction to our behaviour! You condone the irrational behaviour of one JM, you do NOT stand up IMMEDIATELY and condemn the execution of a 3 year old toddler, you watch idly as members of the Defence Force mutiny [no world power has a Defence Force allied to a Trade Union SIR!!!!!!!], you say nothing whilst our water is polluted, you have no response to rape of any form....and then you mention education ........... the majority of South AFricans want a leader!!!! Someone who has the gutzpah to move us forward with determination, fortitude and discernment. Can you help us here Sir?

  • McFreak - 2010-12-03 21:08

    The only way you dont pay tax is to live somewhere else!!!!

  • Faansie - 2010-12-03 21:10

    Disabled people have limitations. If you want us to employ disabled people then the minimum wage structures should allow for this. Businees is nor a charity

  • McFreak - 2010-12-03 21:15

    Why do we comment here? What are we doing? Who sees, hears, listens to what we say here? Except the moderator? This may well be the end of my access here but FIND SOMEWHERE ELSE TO VOICE YOUR OPINION YOU HAVE WATCHED MURDER AFTER MURDER HEARD OF CORRUPT TRANSACTION AFTER CORRUPT TRANSACTION COMMENTED ON INFAMOUS DEED AFTER INFAMOUS DEED yet you persist in playing this game! Start something real!!!!

  • McFreak - 2010-12-03 21:33

    Who can be more 'disabled' then a 3 year old toddler waiting for her dinner who ends up dying 'execution' style Mr President? Or do your aides shield you from the REAL news? Please let us have your opinion on this 'vowletion' of the right to life. What is even more extraordinary is the lack of comment from any political leader... Helen, Bantu or were you to busy feeding your faces to get busy with the constituents of SA??? Particularly you Helen, launching an attack on maintenance defaulters but now we dont hear you... is the Cape too far away from the real farmers, they are not your constituency, or maybe there are no DA farmers? Hi Patricia, you are ominously silent sister, you dont think that executing a3 year ols toddler is worthy of your attention?

  • Pothole - 2010-12-03 22:32

    Zuma please tell us about the 44 Billion of our money that has been stolen from the provinces educational budgets, and do not forget to mention the millions you and Malema hi-jacked. Can you feel the BUILD UP to the game.

  • g_stevenson - 2010-12-04 00:20

    I disagree; the top jobs in government have all gone to people with disabilities.

  • Kevin Rack - 2010-12-04 07:23

    One can only laud the ANC for employing so many people with mental disabilities in the goverment. Start with Moolema. Clearly too old to be running a youth league but clearly not enough mental capacity for his age. Keep up the good work.

  • Mojalefa - 2010-12-04 11:25

    "We have to encourage the private sector to continue to increase the number of employees with disabilities because it makes business sense," Zuma said. Huh??

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