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Disability projects get funding

By Maanda Mulaudzi

The International Day for person living with disabilities embraces and celebrates the achievements and contribution made by people living with disabilities. MEC Nandi Ndalane said this on behalf of Premier Chupu Mathabatha during the International Day for Persons living with disabilities held at Makhado Municipality, Dzanani Community Hall on 03 December 2014.

During the celebration, Office of the Premier pledge to assist five disability projects in Vhembe District with an amount of R10 000 each. The projects are Fhatuwani Disability Centre situated at Waterval. The Centre stimulates children with disabilities. It accommodates 33 children with disabilities. Luvhola Poultry Farm also situated at Waterval(Mpheni ward 16) The farm is used for poultry and ploughing. Ten people with disabilities have been employed.

 

Muthundinnyi disability project situated at Makhado (Tshikwarani) has employed 28 people with disabilities. The farm is used for ploughing, and training in income. Vuwani Corporative for the Disabled based at Vuwani location is producing furniture and it has employed five people with disabilities. Tshanduko Mageu at Dzanani (Hamandiwana) is producing mageu since 2008 and it has employed two people with disabilities.

The celebration of the people with disability mark the conclusion of the Disability Month which commenced on the 3rd of November. The celebration of the Disability Moth was observed under the theme that says: Celebrating 20 years of the rights of persons with disabilities in our democracy. This year’s edition of the International Day for persons living with Disability is being celebrated under the theme that says: “Break Barriers, Open Doors to realise an Inclusive Society for All”

The day is celebrated every year to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities. “Everything we do on this day, and throughout the year, is done in the spirit of ‘nothing about us without us’. This is a slogan coined by disability community itself. This slogan is a constant reminder that, we can never advance the rights and interests of the persons living with disabilities without the active involvement of people living with disability themselves”. Said Mme Ndalane

In conclusion the MEC informed people with disabilities that the government has put in place sufficient legislative and Institutional mechanism to promote and advance the rights and interests of people with disabilities. “Part of the legislative framework that the government has put in place includes: Employment Equity Act, the Prevention of Unfair of Unfair Discrimination Act of 2000 and the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment”.