3rd Disability Imbizo

Our 3rd National Disability Imbizo was successfully held on 24-25 June 2013 at the Joburg Theatre. This Imbizo drew together delegates and speakers from a variety of organisations, including local and national government and academic institutions. All delegates received a free copy of the Postgraduate Toolkit on CD.

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DAY ONE -Workshop Overview-24 June 2013

08h00-08h50: Registration and Refreshments
08h50-09h00 Welcome and Introduction by the Programme Director: Dr Layla Cassim
09h00-15h00 Focus of the workshop: An overview of the legislative context: The Employment Equity Act, 55 of 1998 as amended, the relevant Code of Good Practice and the Department of Labour’s Technical Assistance
Guidelines on the Employment of People with Disabilities-: A Focus on the Employment, Management and Advancement of People with Disabilities in the transforming South African workplace

1. The Employment Equity Process and Legal Compliance

2. What is Disability?

An overview of disabilities under the Employment Equity Act, 55 of 1998 and the relevant Code of Good Practice Understanding what constitutes a disability and how to relate to employees with a disability

3. Identifying Disabilities

  • Physical disabilities
  • Neuromuscular disabilities
  • Neurological disabilities
  • Sensory disabilities
  • Communication disorders
  • Intellectual learning disabilities
  • Mental health/psychological disabilities

4. Reasonable Accommodation

  • What is reasonable accommodation?
  • Key aspects of reasonable accommodation
  • What is unjustifiable hardship?
  • Addressing discrimination in the workplace
  • Specific barriers faced by people with disabilities
  • How can we practically overcome these barriers?

4. The Employment and Advancement of People with Disabilities

  • The business case for employing PWD
  • Benefits of employing PWD
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Training and Development
  • Creating an enabling and supportive environment
  • Performance Management
  • Developing retention strategies
  • Integrating employees with a disability into the workplace

5. Promoting an enhanced understanding of Incapacity froma labour law perspective
Promoting an enhanced understanding of :

  • Competence
  • Illness
  • Determining if the employee can performthe job
  • Determining the seriousness of the incapacity
  • Key considerations in providing alternative or adapted employment
  • Legal considerations: how to determine if a termination is fair
  • Guidelines: following the correct procedures
  • Medical boarding versus incapacity dismissals
15h15-16h00: Sharing perspectives from Organised Labour: Accelerating and advancing the appointment and advancement of PWDs in formal employment
Mr Titus Ndlangamandla, Employee Relations & Compliance Unit Head, National Union o fMineworkers

DAY TWO-25 june 2013

08h30-09h00: Early morning refreshments
09h00-09h45: The professional development of the person with a disability through a planned and structured approach to the career management odyssey
Dr Layla Cassim, Founder and Managing Director-Layla Cassim ERS Consultants CC
09h45-10h30: Keynote Address: Going beyond legal compliance in effectivelymanaging disability in the workplace and sharing experiences from the perspective of a person with a disability
Ms Brenda Letlaka, Director: Employment Equity and Transformation-Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM)
MS Brenda Letlaka was unable to attend; Ms Bernadette Rigney spoke in her time slot.
10h30-11h00: Mid-morning refreshment break
11h00-12h00: Reasonable Accommodation duties: Why? When? How?
Ms Meryl du Plessis, Lecturer: Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town (UCT) and PhD Candidate whose doctoral research is in the field of Disability Management in the workplace
12h30-13h00: A reflective and open forumdiscussion facilitated by Adv Hassan Cassim:
A Facilitated Discussion: Identifying key challenges facing people with disabilities in the workplace and exploring some strategies to effectively address these
13h00-14h00: A networking luncheon
14h00-15h30: An Industrial Theatre Production performed by African Tree Productions
15h30-16h00: Wrap-up, closure and vote of thanks