City ap­peals for aid

The City of Jo­han­nes­burg is in need of as­sis­tive de­vices to aid 3500 peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties, to en­hance their well­be­ing

Inner City Gazette - - Front Page - By Staff Re­porter [email protected]­ner-city-gazette.co.za

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port from the So­cial De­vel­op­ment’s data­base, as­sis­tive de­vices needed in­clude wheelchairs, walk­ers, crutches, pros­thetic de­vices and other aids. The num­ber is in­creas­ing by the day. Mem­ber of the May­oral Com­mit­tee (MMC), for Health and So­cial De­vel­op­ment, Dr Mpho Pha­latse is call­ing on busi­nesses and other or­ga­ni­za­tions to part­ner with the City by do­nat­ing as­sis­tive de­vices that will as­sist in clos­ing the huge gap iden­ti­fied.

Pha­latse said many per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties can re­claim their lives, re­turn­ing to near nor­mal func­tion­ing at work, home and in the com­mu­nity through these de­vices.

“In­vest­ing in the lives of these of­ten marginal­ized cit­i­zens is also an in­vest­ment in our shared ecosys­tem as we em­power more of our own to par­tic­i­pate mean­ing­fully in the growth and de­vel­op­ment of our City and its econ­omy,” said Pha­latse.

There has been an in­crease in the num­ber of re­quests for as­sis­tive de­vices on a daily ba­sis from in­di­vid­u­als, Non-Gov­ern­men­tal Or­gan­i­sa­tions, City de­part­ments, ac­tivists and Ward Coun­cil­lors.

“Though our ex­ist­ing part­ners have been in­valu­able in help­ing us meet this press­ing need, the de­mand for as­sis­tive de­vices within the City of Jo­han­nes­burg far out­weighs what they are able to pro­vide. There is an ur­gent need for us to in­crease the sup­ply pool,” said Pha­latse.

The City’s So­cial De­vel­op­ment De­part­ment es­tab­lished the Peo­ple with Dis­abil­i­ties (PDWs) sub-unit with a man­date to re­spond to, and run em­pow­er­ment and sup­port pro­grammes tar­get­ing per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties and to drive the City’s pro-poor de­vel­op­ment strat­egy.

“The City’s De­part­ment of So­cial De­vel­op­ment is happy to play a fa­cil­i­ta­tion role, iden­ti­fy­ing ben­e­fi­cia­ries and man­ag­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion of as­sis­tive de­vices in part­ner­ship with our donors, whose sole re­spon­si­bil­ity would be to do­nate the de­vices and be part of the han­dover,” she said.

Do­na­tions can be dropped off at: Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties Of­fice Room Num­ber R12820

2nd Floor, A Block, Metro Cen­tre 158 Civic Boule­vard, Braam­fontein

MMC for Health and So­cial Dvpt, Dr Mpho Pha­latse

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