2 JUNE 2006

DPSA: Where do we come from?

Our Mandate: "Ensure development and integration of disabled people into all spheres of life in South Africa"

Our Vision:
"A South Africa accessible to all"

Our Mission:
To be an effective and efficient democratic national assembly of all persons with disabilities which mobilises us to advocate for our rights for the attainment of equal opportunity in an integrated social, political and economic environment

Our Slogan:
"Nothing about us without us"






         Self-Representation (National Assembly, provincial legislature, local government and statutory bodies eg. Youth Commission)


         Youth Learnerships


         Employment Equity Act (Code of Good Practice & Technical Assistant Guide)


         Labour Relations Act


         Skills Development Act


We shall ensure that the focus on youth development is intensified in all spheres of government as an integral part of our National Effort:


         Set up 100 new youth advisory centres


         Enrol at least 10 000 young people in the National Youth Service Programme


         Enrol 5 000 volunteers to '"act as mentors to vulnerable children


         Expand the reach of our business support system to young people '


         Intensify the Youth Co-operatives Programme


         Monitor our programmes on youth skills training and business empowerment


Provides guidelines on the employment of people with disabilities by using best practices and examples.


         EE reports of 2000 revealed that disability constituted 0.9% of workforce (Both large & small employers ).


         EE reports of 2003 revealed that disability constituted 1 .35% of workforce (only large employers).

Legislative context'


         Code of Good Practice on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Disability Code);


         Technical Assistance Guidelines on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Disability TAG);


         The White Paper on the Transformation of the Public Service [1994] and


         National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS 2001 - 2005)

Disability Code

Unpacks key elements of the EEA regarding the elimination of unfair discrimination and affirmative action principles in relation to the employment 'of people with disabilities.


Youth with Disabilities Employment Status

         Census 2001 records ,Prevalence of Disability in SA as 2 255 982 [5%] disabled people in the country


         Employed person with disabilities 37.2% % [Census :2001]

White Paper on the Transformation. of the Public Service [1994]


         The White Paper on the Transformation of the Public Service [1994], which clearly sets out the government's intention that "within 10 years [2005], people with disabilities should comprise 2 percent of public service personnel"


         Based on the information submitted by national departments and provincial administrations for 797 750 employees in the public service, it was found that there are 2007 people with disabilities. This represents an average of 0.25%, which is nowhere near the 2% that needs to be achieved by 2005.

Youth Employment


         Youth For Work indicates that 700/0 of the youth in our country is unemployed


         Therefore one can- deduct only 30 % of the youth being unemployed

Scenario of Employment for Youth with Disabilities in SA


         There are no reliable official statistics on unemployment of youth with disabilities in the country


         Over 80% of people with disabilities are either unemployed or economically inactive.


         Assuming that there is consistency with the broad disability sector, it suffices to say that over 80% of youth with disabilities is unemployed


         The majority of people with disabilities employed is located below management positions '


         Often people- with disabilities are working in protective workshops or clerical positions.

Reality at grassroots level


         8 member organisations in Guguletu & Khayelitsha - 99 young people


         20 with matric


         14 were if1volved, in learnerships


         90 unemployed .


         9 employed

Factors, preventing persons with disabilities to access employment


         Lack of data on economically active youth with disabilities


         Lack of lifeskills amongst youth with disabilities


         Ignorance and attitudes of employers


         Inaccesible working environment.


         Exposure of disabled people in the world of work'


         High rate of illiteracy amongst disabled youth [30 % vs 15% has no schooling]



         Improve on gathering sufficient & quality of data on disability;


         Improve willingness of employers to comply;


         Establish link between skills development and EE on disability at workplace level;


         Increase momentum for Public Service to reach 2% target by the end of 2005;


         Introduction of innovative recruitment strategies;


         Change negative perceptions of employers on disability; and .


         Induce ownership, commitment & collective response;


         Sensitivity training of employers and disabled people about their rights