(File image) President Jacob Zuma. Photo: Bongiwe Mchunu

The government has to have ongoing dialogue with the disabled, the presidency said on Thursday after a meeting with Disabled People SA (DPSA).

Improving the lives of the disabled in South Africa was the topic of discussions between President Jacob Zuma and DPSA at talks in Cape Town.

Zuma's spokesman Mac Maharaj described the meeting as “cordial and frank”.

It was discussed how the disabled's issues could be mainstreamed into government programmes. Job opportunities and programme funding were also on the agenda.

The DPSA delegation was led by its chairman Muzi Nkosi. The meeting was also attended by Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

“The president expressed his satisfaction that the meeting took place and reiterated the government's commitment to the issues that affect people with disabilities,” Maharaj said.

Zuma said the government's commitment was reflected in a variety of government initiatives, but particularly in the establishment of the department of women, children and persons with disabilities.

Zuma committed himself to regular meetings with the DPSA to monitor progress addressing issues affecting people with disabilities. - Sapa