A normative model for the employment of people with disabilities within the Provincial Government of the Western Cape

05 May 2017

This article investigates the trends in the employment of people with disabilities within the Provincial Government of the Western Cape (PGWC) and proposes a normative model to address the matter of low employment and progression rates of people with disabilities within the PGWC. The proposed normative model presented in this article incorporates eight sets of criteria, identified and defined from the literature and the empirical survey. The advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994 witnessed the enshrinement of the fundamental human rights of all citizens with Government?s target for disability employment legislated at 2%, in 1995. Yet, in spite of employment targets and disability rights being legislated for people with disabilities since 1995, such people within the public service represented only 0.15% of the total staff complement of the public service nationwide, as at December 2004. Hence, a compelling need arises for a structured approach to disability employment. The article accordingly refers to the subject matter relating to disability employment within the PGWC. The research problem relates to a perceived need to review current workplace procedures and practices within the PGWC, against the legislative requirements for employment levels of people with disabilities. A major government objective within the above context is to increase the number of people with disabilities without impairing the quality of services that are offered to the general public and other stakeholders. The article proposes that the identified ed criteria in the model be adhered to in order to ensure a sustained increase in the employment and progression of people with disabilities.