Dis­abled job seek­ers tar­get city

Group claims metro ig­nor­ing le­gal re­quire­ment of 2% on work­force

Pretoria News - - Metro - RAPULA MOATSHE rapula.moatshe@inl.co.za

PEO­PLE liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties have ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment that they were be­ing over­looked for jobs ad­ver­tised by the City of Tsh­wane.

They said the sit­u­a­tion pre­vailed de­spite a le­gal re­quire­ment that a mu­nic­i­pal­ity ac­com­mo­dates at least 2% of peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties in its work­force.

The af­fil­i­ates of the African Peo­ple’s Dis­abled Move­ment in April handed over a mem­o­ran­dum of griev­ances to Hu­man Set­tle­ments MMC Mandla Nkomo high­light­ing the prob­lem of un­der-rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the metro.

Yes­ter­day, Nkomo said he had only been tasked with re­ceiv­ing the memo on be­half of mayor Solly Msimanga at the time. He said he would check what had since tran­spired af­ter its de­liv­ery.

Speak­ing on be­half of the dis­grun­tled group, Veron­ica Baloyi said the con­cern was that Msimanga had to date not re­sponded.

She claimed that mem­bers of her or­gan­i­sa­tion had been over­looked for all va­can­cies ad­ver­tised this year.

“In Fe­bru­ary, there were many posts ad­ver­tised and none of us was called for an in­ter­view or even short­listed de­spite that most of us met the re­quire­ments for the posts.”

Baloyi claimed that of­fi­cials at the metro con­tin­ued to toss her from pil­lar to post when­ever she tried to seek an­swers from them re­gard­ing the hir­ing of the dis­abled.

“No one is able to give us a re­ply as to how is the city ad­dress­ing our rep­re­sen­ta­tion in its staff.”

She also said the dis­crim­i­na­tion against peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties was not only ex­pe­ri­enced at the metro, but it was also preva­lent in cor­po­rate com­pa­nies.

Dur­ing a march to Msimanga’s head of­fices, the group also de­manded that a Dis­abil­ity Unit be moved from the So­cial De­vel­op­ment De­part­ment and placed at the mayor’s of­fice.

Msimanga’s spokesper­son Samkelo Mgob­ozi said the city had es­tab­lished a process through which the Em­ploy­ment Eq­uity Di­vi­sion was em­pow­ered to ring-fence suit­able po­si­tions on the job fo­rums and ap­proach rel­e­vant de­part­ments to short­list and ap­point ap­pli­cants with dis­abil­i­ties on those iden­ti­fied suit­able po­si­tions.

“Since then, a num­ber of po­ten­tial ap­pli­cants were called for in­ter­views. It is, how­ever, truth­ful to state that there are cer­tain de­part­ments which have tried not to com­ply, hence a sub­mis­sion made by the in­ter­nal dis­abil­ity fo­rum to the Of­fice of the Gov­er­nance and Sup­port Of­fi­cer for in­ter­ven­tion.”

He said the city had ap­pointed a per­son liv­ing with a dis­abil­ity as the di­vi­sional head for So­cial De­vel­op­ment Ser­vices and Strate­gic In­ter­est Groups De­vel­op­ment Di­vi­sion “which is a sign of com­mit­ment on the side of the City of Tsh­wane in ac­com­mo­dat­ing per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties”.

Re­gard­ing a de­mand to re­lo­cate the Dis­abil­ity Unit into the mayor’s of­fice, he said: “We are about to adopt a draft pol­icy on dis­abil­ity rights and take it out for pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion. It is through that process that per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties will voice their wishes where they want their unit to be placed in the struc­ture of the City of Tsh­wane.”

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