Scoring big with learnerships

Companies and people with disabilities can greatly benefit from learnerships as Rustim Ariefdien points out Of all the elements that comprise the BBBEE Scorecard, skills development is one of the more expensive as many companies view it as an expense rather than an investment. Businesses are required to spend 3,5...

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Become an ideal candidate

Continuing his series on how persons or entrepreneurs with disabilities can benefit from BBBEE, Rustim Ariefdien looks at how individuals can prepare for the workforce Businesses can earn two points if the two percent employment target for black employees with disabilities are met – a target set out in the...

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Disability employment amid COVID-19

Rustim Ariefdien takes a look at how the global COVID-19 pandemic and the national lockdown has impacted disability employment COVID-19 is having an adverse effect on our health, food security and economic wellbeing on a global scale, let alone in South Africa. The health implications are keeping us in lockdown...

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Disability and BBBEE

With new amendments to the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Act introduced in December, now is the perfect time to revisit its implications for disability. Rustim Ariefdien provides an overview The BBBEE Act essentially works on the understanding that years of systemic racism contribute to contemporary economic woes and that...

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More skills equal more opportunities

While the economy is struggling and the unemployment rate is high, there are indeed opportunities for people with disabilities. It starts with acquiring the right skills According to the annual Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) report, the percentage of people with disabilities employed in the formal workforce is still about...

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Owning the economy

One of the most important pillars of the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is empowering people with disabilities to take ownership of the economy Pillar Five of the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (WPRPD) is the reduction of economic vulnerability and realising...

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Promoting and supporting empowerment

Businesses should support and promote empowerment through equal learning opportunities The fourth pillar of the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (WPRPD) is promoting and supporting the empowerment of people with disabilities. It states: “Persons with disabilities must have access to inclusive learning opportunities throughout their lives...

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