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Disabled people urged to apply for Municipal jobs
​ETHEKWINI Municipality is committed to empowering people with disabilities and urges them to apply for advertised Municipal jobs. A report, detailing how the inclusion of people with disabilities into poverty reduction and development programmes would assist in breaking the cycle of poverty, was tabled at a recent Governance and Human Resources Portfolio Committee meeting.

Chairperson of the Committee Councillor Barbara Fortein said the City has to employ more people with disabilities. This was supported by councillors at the meeting who urged officials to fast-track the process of employing people with disabilities.

Deputy City Manager of Corporate and Human Resources Dumisile Nene said currently 289 people with disabilities are employed by the City. She said a further 262 would still have to be employed to achieve the City’s two percent target. “We are not disregarding the employment policy because we are looking for people who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised positions.

We encourage people with disabilities to apply for Municipal positions,” said Nene. She said some clusters, such as the Governance, Corporate and Human Resources Cluster, have already transformed in meeting employment equity targets in terms of women employment. Nene said they wanted to dispel any stigmas and address the lack of understanding about people with disabilities.

“The Municipality is committed to addressing challenges faced by people with disabilities and to provide awareness around any form of disability. We have established links with various organisations in a bid to ensure that people with disabilities are represented and employed in the City,” she said. Nene added that people with disabilities should not hesitate to declare their disability status when applying for Municipal jobs. The City also has an employment equity office which deals with representation of minorities in the workplace.

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