Certificates give disabled major boost

2016-04-06 06:00
MEMBERS of the Disabled People South Africa (DPSA) during the recent certificate-awarding ceremony in Thekolohelong in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa. Photo: Tladi Moloi

MEMBERS of the Disabled People South Africa (DPSA) during the recent certificate-awarding ceremony in Thekolohelong in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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PHUTHADITJHABA. Z “Disability is not inability. You should go out and tell other disabled people to come and join us to benefit from out projects,” Mokati Moledi, the provincial manager of the Disabled People South Africa (DPSA), said.

These were his words during the certificate-awarding ceremony at the Thekolohelong Welfare Centre at Phuthaditjhaba on Friday (01/04).

Approximately 62 disabled people from Qwaqwa were awarded certificates of completion during the ceremony, done in partnership with the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality, the Department of Social Development and the DPSA.

“Our biggest problem is that our disabled people are not employed,” he said.

According to Moledi, the 62 people were trained in building and civil construction and added that it was a four-month programme.

“The training was done in partnership with the Skills Education Training Authorities in South Africa (Seta). The certificates are equivalent to those of Further Education and Training (FET) colleges, but these ones were for members of the DPSA,” he said.

He said they were happy to give their members a skilled programme. “We are going to help them to start cooperatives so that they create job opportunities.”

Moledi said these people were going to be employable. “We want them to work like everyone. We don’t want them to live on grants anymore,” he pointed out.

Mankabane Mokgothu said she was happy to be part of the programme. She said she would now be able to apply for tenders and also to be a sub-contractor. “I want to thank the DPSA for what they have done for us,” she said.

Masechaba Lakaje, acting executive mayor of Maluti-a-Phofung, said she was happy to see the disabled people graduating. “I am working with disabled people in my office and they are very powerful. We are very proud of you. We will keep on supporting you and this is the beginning of good things,” she said.

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