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employment thumb100 ANA reports that a Department of Labour (DOL) initiative which dates back to World War II is helping create jobs for handicapped people who have borne the brunt of SA’s unemployment scourge.  

Official data shows that some 4.7 million people live with disabilities in SA, of whom 10% to 15% require an environment such as the DOL’s Supported Employment Enterprises (SEE), a project established after the war to provide jobs for veterans.  The SEE initiative current boasts 12 factories which operate in seven provinces and employ nearly 1,000 people with disabilities, with the capacity for another 3,000.  The factories manufacture some 3,000 products for hospitals, schools and the police force, including furniture, textiles, metalwork, leather work, canvas work, book-binding and screen printing.  In rural areas, SEE has created another 1,100 jobs indirectly.  It transports school desks which are assembled by local carpenters who also do repairs when needed, establishing a sustainable eco-system.  In addition to contributing to SA’s manufacturing sector, the non-profit SEE initiative pays all its own expenses and staff.  SEE products are marketed and sold through the DOL.

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