Category Archives: Disabled Issues

7.5% of S Africans live with a disability

7.5% of S Africans live with a disability

Pretoria – According to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), 7.5% of South Africans have a disability. Briefing reporters on the Profile of Persons with Disabilities in SA Report, on Tuesday, Statistician General Pali Lehohla said 29 million people out of 51.8 million people live with a disability. Due to change in definition the number of people with disabilities was at 7.5% from 2% in 2001. “By province this disability covers the provinces of North West, Northern Cape and Free State very predominant in disability,” said…

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Sign language approved as first language

Pretoria – The Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) has welcomed the approval to allow hearing impaired pupils to choose sign language as a first language. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga made the approval this month. According to PanSALB, this is a positive response to the hearing impaired community and to the entire country, particularly to those who wish to study sign language. PanSALB is of the view that the South African sign language like any other official language is a fundamental human right that…

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IFP

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES MUST BE EMPLOYED IN JOB SECTOR

The IFP Women’s Brigade calls on the Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Susan Shabangu to lead by example to ensure that all government departments reach the 2% target for employment of people with disabilities so that the public sector can follow suit. “It is unacceptable that government is not meeting its target when it comes to employment of people with disabilities, this needs to be addressed without any further delay and remains a cause for concern in the advancement of the rights…

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