Adherence of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to the two % Employment Equity target for the employment of persons with disabilities that was set by the South African Government in 2005
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO: 3418 (NW4079E)
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 37- 2015 OF 11 SEPTEMBER 2015
Ms CC September (ANC) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:
Whether her department meets the Government’s 2% employment equity target for the employment of persons with disabilities that was set in 2005; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
The Department does not meet the 2% Employment Equity target at present.
The Department acknowledges that achieving disability equity is imperative to the transformational agenda set by the Constitution (1996), the White Paper on Affirmative Action (1998) and other subsequent legislations.
Employees with Disabilities make up to 1.4 % (percent) of employees in the Department. The low representation of person with disabilities in the Department emanate from the rule that disability disclosure is done on a voluntary basis.
Concreted efforts are been made to allow persons with disabilities to apply for position in the Department and to apply for positions in the Department and encourage those that are within to disclose their disabilities status in order to meet or exceed the required 2% targets.