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ANC EKURHULENI CAUCUS CELEBRATES VALENTINES WITH PERSONS LIVING DISABILITIES
14 February 2020
The Office of the Chief in the City of Ekurhuleni municipality in conjunction with Living Able Foundation (Non-Profit Organisation) hosted a Lunch with the disable persons (Community) under the theme “Tangible Implementations of Policy for persons with disabilities” on Valentine’s Day at Kwathema Old Age Home, in Kwa-Thema on Friday, 14 February 2020.
This occasion was a feast of ideas (Frank discussion), self-correctness and action driven programme that seeks to champion the United Nations priorities in inclusion and meaningful participation by persons with disabilities.
This event was too, held all across nine (9) zones of Ekurhuleni region on Valentine’s Day.
Addressing the persons living with disabilities in Kwa-Thema, ANC Chief Whip in Ekurhuleni Cllr Dlabathi made a call to all public reps and leaders of various structures in our communities to play a meaningful role and lead in championing the issues of person living with disabilities.
“Inclusion is key to our world, and noting that exclusion has been a major source of instability in all societies. Inclusion is key to our world. There is absolutely no reason to exclude anyone – whether they are a woman, youth, disabled, or because of their faith, color or where they are from”, said Dlabathi.
This occasion was also to show compassion and care for the physically challenged persons. Dlabathi said, at the level of ANC, even before government, issues of person living with disability are taken serious and will continue to be a priority.
Persons with disability raised various issues and these included the access to public transport, government infrastructure that are not inclusive, houses, skills development and job opportunities.
Two years ago, Ekurhuleni caucus passed a motion to prioritise people with disability when allocating decent human settlement. A commitment to build 100 000 houses and 59 000 serviced stands for qualifying Ekurhuleni residents.
“However, we are disappointed that the representation of 2% employment by the municipality is not reflected in our occupation data. The City has employed more than 17 000 employees, however, it is highly disappointing we are still far away from the City’s 2% target, as there are only 116 out of the current employed staff,” said ANC Ekurhuleni Chief Whip Cllr Dlabathi.
The occasion highlighted success and scrutinized the City of Ekurhuleni’s government programme in addressing the challenges face by persons living with disability. This robust engagement attracted various stakeholders of the community, both able and disable persons, church leaders, young and old, NGO’s and community leaders.
Founder of Living Able Foundation Katlego Mkhonza said that now they were able to voice out their frustration, they are hopeful that this robust dialogue will be one of those talk shows but it will be actioned.
“We thank Chief Whip for coming to engage with us on this important subject, and that we were able to raise our frustrations and share our personal experiences” she said.
Matshidiso LSEN School principal Thapelo Tshetlo appealed to government to consider learners with special need when there are job opportunities because they are trainable.
“We managed to deposit learners in many retail shops and are able execute various functions including the till-machines operators and work in bakery. However we still appeal for much support as it is needed in our institutions,” he said.
“We will sharply raise all these issues in Council in order to fast-track quality service delivery for all the residents of Ekurhuleni,” Cllr Dlabathi concluded.
ANC Caucus in Ekurhuleni welcomed the State of the City Address delivered by the Executive Mayor Cllr Mzwandile Masina at the Germiston Council Chamber in OR Tambo Government Precinct Civic Centre – Germiston on Wednesday, 18 March 2020.