In this section you will find a list of Organisations and Recruitment Agencies that specializes in the employment and recruitment of persons with disabilities.
The Department of Public Service and Administration publishes a circular with vacancies in government on a weekly basis. Go to http://www.gov.za/aboutgovt/vacancies.htm
- Register on the Department of Labour’s website as a job seeker: https://essa.labour.gov.za/EssaOnline/WebBeans/
The SA Employers for Disability (SAE4D) brings together a number of corporates. You can upload your CV on their database. Go to http://www.sae4d.co.za/cv.php
The Eastern Cape Disability Economic Empowerment Trust (ECDEET) has been contracted by the Eastern Cape Provincial Government to coordinate provincial employment support services for persons with disabilities.
Recruitment Agencies Contact List
Association of the Physically Disabled: Limpopo
Association for the Physically Disabled Nelson Mandela Bay
Orion Organisation, Atlantis
Laticia Duiker – Junior Supervisor
Laticia is a woman that lives with epilepsy and because epilepsy is classified as a disability, she qualifies for a disability grant. She started to work in the Hanger-Cleaning Section of the Workshop for Adults with disabilities at Orion Organisation in Atlantis.
She showed leadership potential since she started in in September 1986. Laticia advanced from a Cleaner to a Packer. Because of continued development of her leadership qualities and personal growth, she was promoted to Junior Supervisor in February 2013.
Laticia is a dedicated and hard worker who unselfishly cares for others. For this she is respected by her colleagues with disabilities, clients and staff of Orion. She sets an example to everybody by walking the talk.
About the Orion Workshop for Adults
The aim of the Workshop for Adults is to maximise the capacity of disabled people for independent living and to avoid the cycle of poverty, hence the focus on skills training and job creation.
Orion’s Work Centres and work methods are well adapted to the disabled worker. It has the capacity for 150 disabled adults, and is staffed by 11 hands-on Supervisors reporting to a Production Manager. We have in the past secured a number of significant contracts such as recycling 20 000 plastic hangers per day for Hangerman/Woolworths and weighing of products for Bokomo Foods. We are also proud of our partnership with TRW Automotive Occupant Restraints, assembling various components (i.e. seat belts and air bags) forming part of their production line. Other contracts include Mondi Plastic Containers, Ysterplaat Medical Supplies, GUD Filters, etc
Individuals are taught about hygiene, workflow, time management, machine operation and safety across a variety of machines. Many of the high-functioning disabled learn a variety of skills including specialised packaging, basic numeracy and literacy, machine operating techniques, as well as exercising their fine motor control skills.
In this section we will share some challenges and obstacles that women with disabilities experience in the workplace. Persons with disabilities and especially women with disabilities often experience discrimination and prejudice in the workplace. Sometimes disabled persons are judged by their physicality, the way they look. This can be very deceiving as one cannot tell what a person with a disability is capable of by judging their appearance. The same rule applies for persons without a disability. The best way to check whether a person with a disability is capable of something, is to ask the person in a non-judgemental manner. It is always safe to ask an open ended question, which allows the disabled person to provide an answer.
Should disabled persons and women be employed in meaningful positions, they are good performers and loyal employees.
Charmaine’s prejudice experience
Below is an example of a woman with a disability who experienced prejudice by one of her clients.