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People living with disabilities have other strong abilities

By Maanda Mulaudzi

Limpopo joins the rest of the international community, to observe and commemorate the international Disability Day which was held at Namakgale, Phalaborwa, under Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality, Mopani District on 03 December 2015.

 

The day was celebrated under the theme that says “Celebrating 60 years of the Freedom Charter South Africa-a free and just society inclusive of all persons with disabilities as equal citizens”

The objective of the international Disability Month was to report to communities on the progress made in the implementation of policies, programmes, and Legislation that seek to improve the quality of life of persons living with disabilities. The government is also using this month to highlight all challenges that are being experienced by persons living with disabilities in various sphere of life and share ideas on how to improve the living conditions of people living with disabilities.

Premier Mathabatha told people living with disability that his government  has in the past 21 years , worked very hard to ensure that everyone, without regard to his or her disabilities, is free and enjoys equal opportunities as envisaged by the Freedom Charter.

He further informed people living with disability that he has   received a man Mr. Thabo Mogale, who  walked over 200kms on crutches from Polokwane to Phalaborwa.” Mr. Mogale  who was accompanied by two of his companions, Mr. Ronald Legodi and Mr. Kholofelo Ramolotsa have sent out  a very important message about disabilities. They have raised an important awareness that people with disabilities have other strong abilities that those of us who are considered to be without disabilities do not have. These types of walks are not only important to raise awareness about matters of disability, they are also important to keep us healthy and fit”. He said.

Premier Mathabatha also informed people who are living with disabilities that the nine provincial government departments have maintained their 2% employment of people living  with disabilities at Senior Management level and that the two remaining departments have maintained a similar target at a general level.” We have issued very clear instructions to the few remaining departments that are not doing well on this equity target and Our message has been and remained that Limpopo has to be a home of opportunities for people with disabilities”.

“We are also happy to announce that students with disabilities are also beginning to access TVET colleges. At the moment, all seven TVET colleges have students with mild to moderate disabilities”. he said