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Durban mayor offers support to people living with disabilities

People with disabilities also have an opportunity to give their input on the 2023/24 Draft Budget public consultation. Steven Makhanya – IOL EThekwini mayor, councillor Mxolisi Kaunda, remarked when he outlined various tangible steps that the municipality would take steps to address challenges faced by people living with disabilities, during a meeting held at the …

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Little Eden Society & Evac+Chair SA appeal to CEOs

Little Eden Society and Evac+Chair South Africa are joining forces to collaborate on the Annual Little Eden Society CEO Wheelchair Campaign® aimed at raising awareness of the daily challenges faced by people with intellectual disabilities. Image: Germiston City News The CEO Wheelchair Campaign® encourages CEOs of corporations and any business to sign up and spend …

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Elon Musk apologises for mocking disabled Twitter employee

A Twitter Inc. employee trying to gain clarity as to whether he was fired was mocked by chief executive officer Elon Musk, who chatted openly about the worker’s disability status to other people on Twitter — before apologising a day later. Bloomberg Halli Thorleifsson, a senior director whose design firm Ueno was bought by Twitter in 2021, tweeted at Musk on …

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Disability Career Summit and Expo 2023 coming in May

This year’s Disability Career Summit and Expo is likely to be a game changing event for disability in the workplace. Taking place at Nasrec on 18 & 19 May, the traditional two days of learners and graduates connecting with corporates and associations will expand into a conference with presentations, panel discussions and dialogue about pertinent …

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Who will become history’s first ‘parastronaut’? 

The first astronaut — or astronauts — with a physical disability could soon be announced, according to the European Space Agency. People with physical disabilities have previously been excluded from one of the most exclusive and demanding jobs on Earth — and beyond — due to strict selection requirements. Story AFP/Images NASA/ESA Guillaume Weerts, the …

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Partnering to provide opportunities to people with disabilities

Through an annual fundraising initiative, young people in the disabled community are provided with the opportunity to enter the job market and contribute meaningfully to the economy. Last month the country celebrated the annual fundraising initiative, Casual Day – South Africa’s leading fundraising and awareness campaign for people with disabilities and the flagship project of …

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Engen and the DEET help disabled artisans enter the workplace

Engen has partnered with the Disability Economic Empowerment Trust (DEET) to launch an artisan training programme for 100 people living with disabilities that will assist them with the skills required to enter the job market. By Rising Sun Engen and the DEET have worked together since 2019 on various initiatives, aimed at enhancing the quality …

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The importance of monitoring and maintenance of mental health programmes in the workplace

In Mental Health Awareness Month, Tshikululu’s message to corporate South Africa is that it is our duty as leaders of our respective organisations to give voice to the important issue of mental wellness in the workplace and to act on it. Mental illness is a growing problem world-wide. In Mental Health Awareness Month, Tshikululu Social …

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Finalists of the SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards 2022

The SAB Foundation in partnership with the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) has selected the finalists of its annual Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards, where 24 deserving entrepreneurs will be awarded with funding of up to R1.3 million. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 11 October 2022. SAB Foundation Innovation Specialist, …

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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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