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Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

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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