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City honoured to assist the disabled<p>Good morning, goeie môre, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.</p><p>As the Mayor of our great city, I have many important tasks.</p><p>But there is one task that I take to heart the most. I want everyone who lives in our city to feel at home. They need to feel that they belong here, with certainty.</p><p>People need to feel that they have the freedom to access all areas of the city.</p><p>They need to feel that that access is granted fairly.</p><p>And we need to work towards everyone having equal access to opportunities in their city.</p><p>When it comes to those who are physically disabled, we believe that we must take extra special care to ensure that that sense of belonging is felt and lived. We know that people with disabilities face serious challenges to participate meaningfully in community activities with regard to access to public institutions and facilities as well as employment.</p><p>As a caring city, this is something that we want and need to address. As the local government we are the sphere of government that is closest to communities. The services that we provide to communities can make a significant change in the position of people with disabilities, while we redress the imbalances of the past in communities.</p><p>This is why we believe that it is our moral and legal responsibility to engage in an approach in all our policies, programmes and projects in a way that ensures fairness in the treatment of persons with disabilities.</p><p>The City has implemented initiatives to raise awareness concerning disability because we want to break down the barriers and promote greater social integration for people with disabilities.</p><p>We do this in various ways.</p><p>Through our MyCiTi service, we are the only city to have disabled-friendly public transport.</p><p>We top up this service with Dial-A-Ride, a public transport service for those unable to board mainstream public transport.</p><p>We raise awareness in the communities through drama, to enhance the understanding of disability, the rights of people with disabilities and the importance of inclusion. Through this programme, we have reached out to 120 schools using our disability awareness play as an educational tool.</p><p>In 2015/16 we provided work skills training and placement opportunities for 50 people with disabilities for a period of five months. This year we have offered entrepreneurship training, mentoring and a starter kit for 60 people, which included tools for wheelchair and bicycle repair, arts and crafts, and shoe and bag repair.</p><p>We have prioritised celebrating commemorative days for people with disabilities and on 3 December last year more than 2 000 people with disabilities attended our event.</p><p>Within my office, I have also disbursed 119 wheelchairs since December 2014 in an effort to provide extra assistance to those in need. By donating these wheelchairs today, we want increase your access to opportunities.</p><p>Internally, the City of Cape Town has also aimed to lead by example. The National Government has set the targets of 2% representation of the disabled within the public servant workforce. Only 0,66% of the entire public service has been classified as disabled. The City of Cape Town met the national 2% target by the end of December 2015. Within our staff complement of 26 993, 542 employees have been classified as disabled.</p><p>We have made sure that the City of Cape Town’s job seeker application process is accessible to all job seekers, including those with disabilities.The City also has a dedicated database for people with disabilities and all vacancies are matched to this database in the first instance.</p><p>This intervention has paid off and the success is evident in the number of people with disabilities appointed within the City.</p><p>Our programmes recognise the various challenges experienced by people with disabilities. We know that in order for the city to reach its full potential, each and every resident has a role to play.</p><p>I know that this donation today will make the desired impact, and I look forward to the progress that we will make possible together as well.</p><p>I thank you.</p><p>God bless.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2016-03-15T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d;GP0|#904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7;L0|#0904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7|StatementsGP0|#e0842e4a-2b5e-4807-8d08-6fba33084e08;L0|#0e0842e4a-2b5e-4807-8d08-6fba33084e08|job seekers registration database;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#ce03aded-5ee9-4610-9ef4-c0b676e202ea;L0|#0ce03aded-5ee9-4610-9ef4-c0b676e202ea|MyCiTi;GP0|#386e6d11-1c73-4d63-9956-3cc3eab4415f;L0|#0386e6d11-1c73-4d63-9956-3cc3eab4415f|public transport1


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