Xingwana: Employ people with disabilities

2011-12-04 08:55

Bloemfontein - The failure by both the public and private sector to achieve the 2% target set for the employment of people with disabilities is an indictment to our commitment to give life to the Constitution.
The Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, made this statement in Bloemfontein during the International Day of People with Disabilities.

She said that no amount of excuses could explain away the failure by both government and industry to achieve the 2% target.

 Xingwana challenged among others all ministers, premiers, MECs and CEOs of state owned enterprises and industry to stop hiding behind excuses and to take concrete steps to exceed the 2% target within their institutions by December 3 2012.

“For as long as we have so many graduates and matriculants with disabilities who remain unemployed, dependent on handouts and at the mercy of their communities and families, we cannot use the excuse that there are insufficient numbers of disabled job-seekers with the required skills and qualifications.

“I similarly challenge every disabled job-seeker to register as job-seekers with the department of labour as well as employment agencies”.

She added: “It is simply unacceptable that, despite the adoption of very progressive legislation and policies, we are not succeeding in significantly improving on the number of learners with disabilities leaving school with skills that will provide them with occupations; provide them with sustainable livelihoods and lift them out of poverty”. 

Xingwana noted that there was a strong link between disability and poverty.

“People with disabilities will, as a group, remain largely unemployed unless we ensure that they have access to quality intervention and rehabilitation services as soon as impairment is identified.”

  • Lyndatjie - 2011-12-04 09:11

    Not true Minister... Just look at our cabinet!

      Ian - 2011-12-04 09:15

      wrong again, they dont have disabilities, they are 100% retarded

      Spyker - 2011-12-04 16:30

      Exactly, I don't understand what she is going on about, we have already got Affirmative Action. It forces you to appoint people with severe mental disabilities, pay them salaries that cannot be justified by any rational reasoning, then irrespective how little they achieve, you cannot fire them.

  • PieterWolf - 2011-12-04 09:12

    Somebody please tel her most in the goverment are disabled....

      Rijger - 2011-12-04 09:14

      Yes, intellectually and morally

      PieterWolf - 2011-12-04 09:58

      One with broken thumb , work for goverment???

  • Ian - 2011-12-04 09:14

    and guess who they will be voting for in the next election, the mind boggles

  • Wes - 2011-12-04 09:18

    Kleptomania is also a disability

      Ian - 2011-12-04 09:42

      lol, thought it was a disease, unfortunately not a life threatening one

      Wes - 2011-12-04 10:19

      Ian not in Shabbys case but it floored Seleb

      Shoe - 2011-12-04 17:21

      True that. It is in the category of mental disorders classified as "Obsessive Compulsive Disorders".

  • Smanga Zwane - 2011-12-04 09:55

    ANC!!!!!! I love you.

      PieterWolf - 2011-12-04 10:04

      You are retarded and disabled.!!!

      Smanga Zwane - 2011-12-04 10:11

      Like you Porter...

  • anita.andrews3 - 2011-12-04 09:59

    Minister of women, children and disabilities, thats a new one!!

      Smanga Zwane - 2011-12-04 10:02

      Minister of everything but men.

  • Garth - 2011-12-04 10:10

    `The Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities,': now if I were a woman, I would heartily protest that grouping!

  • Errol - 2011-12-04 10:10

    If SA labour force was able,we'd have a flourishing economy.If government was able we'd have a great country.It's seems,'we' already emply 'disabled' people!!!!!

  • Kate - 2011-12-04 10:19

    Nothing wrong with our disability rate. Government are all mentally challenged. Thing is, they are employed too.

  • Ian - 2011-12-04 10:29

    Oh good! I'm white, is that now a disability, so maybe I can get a job?

  • Deeteem - 2011-12-04 10:31

    Is being doff a disability ?

  • Vuyo - 2011-12-04 11:23

    This pshyco should be removed from this portfolio with immediate effect. She is squandering the budget set aside for the upliftment and integration of these individuals into the workforce. "Four months after being appointed to her position, Minister Xingwana started racking up her frequent flyer miles by leading a delegation of 49 officials to a UN Conference in New York. The trip cost R6,8-million. (The SA Mission at the UN actually complained about the excessive size of the delegation!)" "Many of the delegates stayed at the Ritz hotel where rooms start at R5,500 per night. What’s more, many of them did not attend the conference sessions. One can only presume they did not want to interrupt their shopping. The Minister defended this situation afterwards by saying that her department only paid for eight of the delegates. And, she added (after her most recent jaunt to Chicago with a group of businesswomen), it was “unreasonable” to expect her to stay in a “pondok” or fly “lala” class." "Her Department overspent its administration budget by R8,8-million largely due to overseas trips by officials. And, presumably because they were so busy travelling abroad, the department FAILED TO SPEND R5,6-million of its R7,1-million budget earmarked for the “Rights of People with Disabilities”." Quoted from the DA website of 6 Nov.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-04 12:02

    So I have to be hit by a car to be disabled so that i can be hired.

  • Mark - 2011-12-04 12:15

    And what percentage of that two percent has to be Asian, Black, Coloured, White or 'Other'? I still haven't seen the 'other' kind of person, so until they are properly employed I don't see why we should focus on disabled people, as yet. In all seriousness, how can a government set these kinds of targets in an area that should be governed purely by market forces; ie. who is best for the job?

  • Luciano - 2011-12-04 16:51

    People with disabilities should be empowered for a better life.This is absoulely nonsense that they should be marginized to the degreee of non south africa alone,people living with disability has to flee their own country for a better opportunity for life.Only 5%of people who are blind are working.Let find solutions in helping them.Let look at the world around us on how the uk,the american,etc on how they cope with disabilities in work.I am in full support of people with disability having work.they shoulfd not be marginized but empowered.We need more awareness about them.

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