n South African Journal of Labour Relations - Legislative, institutional and policy measures for people with disabilities in the South African Public Service : forum section

Volume 30, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0379-8410
  • E-ISSN: 2520-3223



People with disabilities have defended their rights and voiced their struggle for recognition collectively through civil society formations, especially from 1984 onwards. Immediately after the 1994 elections the post-apartheid South African Government embarked on a strategy to integrate, mobilise and enable the disabled to fully participate in the mainstream labour market as well as in employment in the Public Service, which aims to include 2% of people with disabilities by 2005. This target has still not been reached and in July 2006 the overall average figure stood at 0.15% nationally and provincially. <BR>To achieve this goal the South African Government has established legislative, institutional and policy instruments to avoid unfair discrimination towards disabled people and promote disability equity in employment and employment practices. Thus, an enabling environment is created by the South African Government. The challenges for all role players and stakeholders are to expeditiously and effectively take advantage of the enabling environment. A strong and pervasive political will becomes essential in all of the endeavours of the entire human resource management process and especially in the clarification of myths and misconceptions about people with disabilities. A comprehensive country-specific definition of disability and diversity sensitisation are fundamental to the realisation of the efforts and processes.

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