n Journal of Public Administration - Establishing enabling structures and measures for people with disabilities in the South African Public Service

Volume 42, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



Immediately after the 1994 elections the post-apartheid Government intervened and embarked, by means of legislative and institutional measures, upon on strategies to integrate and enable people with disabilities to fully participate in the mainstream labour market as well as in Public Service employment (the Public Service is the largest employer in the country) which aimed to include 2% of people with disabilities by 2005. This target has still not been achieved and in July 2006 the overall average figure stood at 0,15% nationally and provincially. In October 2006 the target date was shifted to March 2009.

The challenges for all role-players and stakeholders are to expeditiously and effectively take advantage of the enabling environment provided by legislative and institutional measures. This requires focused and determined political will in the legislative and public administration domains together with civil society formations.

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