Home offices the future of work?

As South Africans retreated to their homes amid the lockdown, businesses had to adapt to a new world of work with home offices as the place of business While there are few silver linings amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, remote work is definitely one. The nationwide lockdown forced many businesses […]

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 […]

Expert tips on employment for people with disabilities

In celebration of Mandela Day, the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) hosted a free-to-attend webinar with the theme Educating Towards Employment during which experts shared some advice on how people with disabilities could prepare and apply for work during and post lockdown. The webinar, held on Friday, 17 July, […]

Deaf learners celebrate graduation and permanent employment

A joint venture between eDEAF and the Jobs Fund will secure employment for 720 deaf individuals over a three-year period. eDEAF is a deaf-owned company that provides training and employment services with the goal of empowering deaf communities for business. Through eDEAF, leading retailer Mr Price took on 10 individuals […]

Pro-disability policy is pro-business

Businesses have a legal and moral obligation to hire people with disabilities. However, pro-disability policies can also enhance business with tax breaks and government incentives, according to Roxanne Da Mata Gonçalves, transformation specialist and director of Strata-g Labour Solutions. “Employers cannot keep hiding behind the so-called ‘high costs’ of hiring […]

Motoring industry accessible to people with disabilities

There may be a perception that the motor industry requires able-bodied people because of the manual labour involved. However, there are exceptional people with disabilities steering themselves up the career ladder and inspiring others to do the same. “We often see remarkable people in our workspace, but when someone has […]

Ready for the corporate world?

  The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) has launched its Work Readiness Programme to address the high unemployment rate among people with disabilities – specifically wheelchair users. The programme was developed after research by the non-profit found that prospective employers felt wheelchair users were not ready for the corporate […]

Clothing as a source of empowerment

On October 11, the SAB Foundation announced its first prize winner in its Disability Empowerment category of the 2018 SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards. While the competition was tough, with many deserving initiatives in the running, Clothes to Good won the top prize. The awards recognise innovations […]

Robotics creating jobs for people with disabilities

Robots are well on the way to becoming ubiquitous in manufacturing, where they are having an impact on the work environment and on jobs themselves. Although some people have reservations about their use (because they can be seen to be replacing humans in the workplace), they can be greatly beneficial; […]

Hiring a person with a disability

People with disabilities frequently struggle to gain access to employment and training, says Devan Moonsamy, CEO of the I Can Help Africa Foundation (ICHAF) Training Institute, a South African Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college. This situation is often caused by misperceptions relating to disabilities. “Most disabilities don’t prevent […]