CAPE TOWN – The employment equity and work opportunity targets for people with disabilities should increase to at least 7 percent by 2030 according to the Department of Social Development’s White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Yet, a report by the South African Human Rights Commission titled: Research brief on disability and equality in South Africa suggests that figure might be unattainable. The 2017 report states that in 2005, the public sector set its employment target for people with disabilities at two per cent for that year, more than 10 years later this target has still not been met.
As the country observes Deaf Awareness Month this September, Netstar, pioneers in the vehicle tracking and recovery industry in South Africa, demonstrated that it’s committed to employing people with disabilities. The organisation has employed several hard-of-hearing men and women after a year-long training and development programme.
The Business Administration programme was facilitated by iLearn – a national learning solutions company that works together with forward-thinking companies to grow their people and their business.
“All sectors have a role to play here. Employing people with disabilities needs to be a fundamental part of a company’s objectives and high on its list of priorities,” said Richard Rayne, chief executive of iLearn.