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Give people with disabilities a chance to shine in the workplace

People with disabilities form part of the employment equity programmes and businesses that complete their employment equity plans should be reflecting the disabled community. Labour Lawyer Michael Bagraim for IOL, Cape Argus Whilst we face in South Africa a veritable tsunami of unemployment, there are certain sectors affected more than others. Traditionally, South Africa reports …

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500 CEOs of major organisations create the world’s biggest community for disability business inclusion

Global business collective, The Valuable 500, announces it has reached its milestone of securing commitments from 500 global CEOs and their companies worldwide. Global business collective, The Valuable 500, announces it has reached its goal of 500 international organisations committing to put disability inclusion on their board agenda, making it the world’s biggest CEO collective …

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You cannot claim disability if you are forced to stay at home

You can only claim for a disability benefit if Covid-19 leaves you disabled as defined by your policy.  Vulnerable employees who have been forced to stay at home and are unable to work are not likely to be able to claim lost income on their group life or individual disability policies unless they meet the …

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New research reveals strategies for global disability inclusion

90 per cent of businesses are recognising the importance of disabled employees and customers A new study of 120 global brands shows how over 90 per cent of businesses are recognising the importance of disabled employees and customers. The study is the first to consider how businesses are serving the needs of disabled people at …

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DISABLED ALLIANCE SLAMS DEPARTMENT

The SA Disability Alliance (SADA) have slammed the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities as being out of touch and not serious about issues faced by people with disabilities, revealing that the department’s disability unit was staffed by only three people. The consultative forum of national disability organisations expressed shock and disappointment at …

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Launch of the COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor Dashboard

Since 20 April 2020, through a global survey, the COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor (DRM) has been gathering data to conduct rapid independent monitoring of state measures concerning persons with disabilities in the context of the pandemic. Today, the initiative reaches a new milestone with the launch of the COVID-19 DRM Dashboard that allows the public to explore the …

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Services available to people with disabilities during lockdown

Deputy minister Bogopane-Zulu provides an update on measures and services available to persons living with disabilities amid Covid-19 and lockdown. As the spread of Covid-19 surpass the 17 000 mark amid the lockdown period in South Africa, Deputy Minister of Social Development Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu calls on the public to recognise the particular vulnerability and needs …

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