Municipality commemorates disability month

2018-11-30 06:00

NATIONAL Disability Rights Awareness Month is commemorated annually between November 3 and December 3. As part of this year’s commemoration, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Municipality has promised to assist a 43-year-old disabled woman from Creighton to achieve her dreams.

The woman lost her eyesight in September after conducting a number of surgeries. At the time, she worked as a clerk at St Apollinaris Hospital in Creighton.

Last Thursday, November 15, the woman was visited by municipal officials who promised to take her to a blind society to learn skills.

“It is our duty as the municipality to help disabled people to obtain skills needed. People must be aware that disability is not planned, so the woman will be helped to learn new skills and accept her disability,” said Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Municipality deputy mayor Philani Shange. He added that the municipality will be campaigning for communities to accept disabled people and to understand disability.

Mthobisi Dlamini, who is blind and works in the municipality as an assistant officer in the community programme department, said he is not afraid to talk about his disability. He encouraged communities not to underestimate disabled people.

He said in his spare time he motivates disabled people to seek opportunities rather than depending on a disability grant.

“Some government and private institutions are not accessible by disabled people and that needs to be addressed.

“Job opportunities for disabled people are still lacking,” said Dlamini.

Through the support of the municipality, a young girl who lost her eyesight after completing matric was taken to a computer school and is now working at a local library.

Another disabled woman is now working as social worker after being helped by the municipality.

On November 29, the municipality will be hosting a disability awareness event at Bulwer Community Hall.

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