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Manufacturing plants for people with disability

Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive to cre­ate jobs for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ty will help ease the bur­den on their shoul­ders.

This is a direct result of build­ing up the quan­ti­ty of Sup­port­ed Employ­ment Enter­pris­es (SEE) pro­duc­ing plants through­out the coun­try.

Labour Depart­ment will open the new pro­duc­tion line in Seshego, out­side Polok­wane.

Labour Depart­ment estab­lished SEE to offer work for hand­i­capped peo­ple and to give them space in the labour mar­ket.

The entity’s head office is in Pre­to­ria.

On April 29, Labour Min­is­ter, Mil­dred Oliphant will open SEE plant in Seshego Indus­tri­al Park out­side Polok­wane in Limpopo   — for­mer­ly  Small Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (SBDC).

This notable event will expand foot­print of SEE man­u­fac­tur­ing plants to Limpopo.

The event will see Oliphant unveil­ing the plague.

Gov­ern­ment designs these fac­to­ries as an advance employ­ment of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ty…

Items pro­duced by SEE pro­duc­tion lines incor­po­rate office fur­ni­ture, school fur­ni­ture, emer­gency clin­ic gar­ments, office safes and doors.

In a state­ment on Wednes­day, Labour Min­is­ter, Mil­dred Oliphant dis­closed that Seshego pro­duc­tion line will be the thir­teenth around the coun­try except Mpumalan­ga.

She said plans are in the air to open a man­u­fac­tur­ing plant there.

We find the pro­cess­ing plants in Bloem­fontein, Cape Town, Dur­ban, East Lon­don, Johan­nes­burg, Kim­ber­ley, Pieter­mar­itzburg, Port Eliz­a­beth, Potchef­stroom and Pre­to­ria.

“The indus­tri­al facil­i­ties are employ­ing over a 1000 impaired indi­vid­u­als bol­stered by 140 orga­ni­za­tion, the exec­u­tives and spe­cial­ized staff,” said Oliphant.

Gov­ern­ment built up SEE, in the past it was known as Shel­tered Employ­ment Fac­to­ries (SEF) in 1943 to offer busi­ness chances to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ty.

Oliphant said these indi­vid­u­als couldn’t hold work in the open mar­ket con­sid­er­ing their inabil­i­ties.

Gov­ern­ment set up the re-marked SEE through the Employ­ment Ser­vices (ES) Act 4 of 2014.

The Depart­ment of Labour Pub­lic Employ­ment Ser­vices (PES) has over­sight over the SEE enti­ties.

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