n Journal of Contemporary Management - An exploratory analysis of the deficiencies of the South African employment equity framework to regulate the management of acquired brain injuries in the workplace

Volume 11, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1815-7440



In the context of experiencing many changes in South Africa over the past two decades, particularly politically and socially, many aspects of our society needed transformation. In the drafting of a new constitution that secured the protection of human rights, and in particular employment rights and employment equity, one particular aspect still remains largely unchanged - the manner in which people with disabilities, particularly those who suffer from Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI) are accommodated in the workplace.

This article is based on an exploratory literature analysis of the ABI phenomenon and also assesses the policy framework, as well as the failure to implement what is already in existence. Examples are drawn from legal precedents, and the global context, and the provisional evidence leads to the understanding that there are deficiencies regarding the management of this particular issue in South Africa.
The role of specific employment strategies, such as generic skill and learnership programmes needs to be further explored and developed for this specific category of disability. Continued research in this field is proposed, and in particular the development of a more comprehensive policy framework, guidelines and procedures for organisations in South Africa to accommodate persons with acquired brain injuries, and to facilitate their return to the workplace.

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