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Disability right awareness on the rise

South Africa continues to recognize the rights of people with disability and giving them equal opportunities to participate in economy, employment and other activities that were only regarded as for the able people.

Breaking the barrier comes with acknowledging the gaps, and continuing to raise awareness in every activity government initiate in partnership with the private sector to implement and equally treat the able and disable people.

The 3rd of December is set aside for celebrating International Day for Persons with Disability, the celebration was held at Mokwakwaila Stadium in the Mopani District where MEC for Social Development, government representatives and the private sector which partnered to work together to raise awareness and make impact in the lives of people with disability.

Maluta Mulibana, deputy director for special programmes in the Office of The Premier said the aim for the awareness is to advocate for meaningful impact where, there are still gaps affecting people with disability and to identify capacity building by mobilizing resources and training.

“ We celebrate the achievements made thus far for people like me, by commemorating struggles we had, that lead to this celebration and recognition. We use months like this to look into the future on what remains to be done for equal opportunities” concluded Mulibana.

Speaking on behalf of the Premier, MEC Nandi Ndalane said the enrollment rate of children with disabilities in mainstream schools has increased by 25% in the last five years.

“The increase enrollment rate signifies a strong commitment towards ensuring that every child, irrespective of their abilities, can access quality education. Efforts have been made to increase employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. Limpopo foster an inclusive workforce that truly embraces diversity” said Ndalane

In the last three years, the province has witnessed 15% increase in the provision of affordable and accessible healthcare services for individuals with disabilities in physical accessibility. Not only the health facilities have become more accessible, public facilities and government departments buildings have also improved in accommodating people with disabilities.

In ensuring continuous partnership between government and private sector, Old Mutual Foundation donated 10 000 liters water tanker and 10 wheelchairs worth the value of R114 000 to Ramokgwakgwa Special School which is based in the Letaba TVET college, in Kgapane.

Old Mutual Foundation Acting Head Mr Khotso Tsotsotso said they are looking forward to assist other centers in the province where their contribution will impact positively on the lives of those living with disabilities.

By: Emmaculate Cindi

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