South African Employers for Disability (SAE4D)

SAE4D - developing best practices
for the integration of people with disabilities in the workplace.



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24 March 2017                                                             

Free edX online course "Inclusive Talent Acquisition" (3 hours)

The “edX” online learning platform is currently offering a free training on "Inclusive Talent Acquisition" that you might be interested in, available at https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-inclusive-talent-perkinsx-inc1-1-1

About the course:

How do you foster a company culture that supports a diverse workforce, including employees with disabilities?

Co-developed with Harvard Extension School, this course gives hiring managers and recruiters the tools they need to attract, interview and on-board a diverse team, including candidates with disabilities.

Course structure:

Session 1: Building a Diverse Recruiting Pipeline

  • Introduction
  • Pre-Course Survey
  • What jobs are appropriate for candidates with disabilities?
  • What are the barriers to employment?
  • How can I attract more diverse candidates?
  • Your Organization current section
  • Reflections This content is graded
  • Share Best Practices: Recruiting
  • Discussions This content is graded
  • Wrap Up

Session 2: Acing the Interview

  • Introduction
  • How do I conduct an interview with a person who has a disability?
  • Conducting an Interview: Reflection
  • Reflections This content is graded
  • What is it like to interview as a blind person?
  • Share Best Practices: Interviewing
  • Discussions This content is graded
  • What's appropriate to ask during an interview?
  • Practice: How to Ask the Right Questions
  • MC This content is graded
  • Why is it hard to disclose during the interview process?
  • Your Organization
  • Reflections This content is graded
  • Wrap Up

Session 3: Adapting the Work Environment

  • Introduction
  • What is an accommodation?
  • How can I ensure my workplace is accessible?
  • What types of accommodations are used at work?
  • How do I make my workplace accessible? current section
  • Your Organization
  • Reflections This content is graded
  • Share Best Practices: Workplace Accessibility
  • Discussions This content is graded
  • What does an accessible website look like?
  • Wrap Up

Session 4: Preparing for Day One

  • Introduction
  • What is my role as a manager?
  • How can I prepare my team?
  • How can I encourage inclusive company culture?
  • Your Organization - Pulling it All Together
  • Reflections This content is graded
  • Share Best Practices: Local Resources
  • Discussions This content is graded
  • Post-Course Survey and Feedback
  • Course Wrap-Up


18 September 2015                                                                   SAE069

SAE4D welcomes the appointment of members of the Presidential Working Group on Disability

South African Employers for Disability (SAE4D) welcomes the appointment of the 45 members of the Presidential Working Group on Disability (PWGD) and congratulates the Presidency and the Department of Social Development on this initiative.

One of 11 Presidential Working Groups, the PWGD is tasked with enabling the Presidency to “champion and monitor the work of government departments and society in creating a better life for persons with disability.”
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12 August 2015                                                                   SAE064

Sandton street closures in October: SAE4D expresses concern

South African Employers for Disability (SAE4D) has expressed concern about the impact the transformation of key sections of the Sandton CBD into a car-free district will have on people with disabilities who live, work, shop and socialise in the area during the month-long EcoMobility World Festival in October.
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13 May 2015                                                                   SAE056

Youth Day – Don’t forget youth with disabilities

As South Africa prepares to honour its youth in commemoration of the Soweto uprising of 1976, particular focus should be directed at one group of youth that continues to suffer unrelenting discrimination – those with disabilities.

That’s the call from South African Employers for Disability (SAE4D), a non-profit employers’ organisation that was set up to promote the recruitment, retention and development of people with disabilities in the workplace.
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11 May 2015                                                                   SAE045

Disability in the workplace is not only physical by Dr Jerry Gule, SAE4D Chairman

In the Integrated National Disability Strategy - White Paper (1997) a profound statement is made:  “Among the yardsticks by which to measure a society's respect for human rights, to evaluate the level of its maturity and its generosity of spirit, is by looking at the status that it accords to those members of society who are most vulnerable, disabled people, the senior citizens and its children”.
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20 February 2015

Transformation more than chasing numbers – SAE4D

Businesses hoping to meet the more stringent requirements of the revised BBBEE Act which takes effect in April by embarking on frantic recruitment campaigns are likely to have to repeat the exercise every year.
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27 January 2015

SAE4D video highlights workplaces challenges for people with disabilities

A video which highlights the many challenges faced by people with disabilities in their everyday lives but specifically within the workplace or business environment has been launched by South African Employers for Disability (SAE4D).
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January 2015

Why not meeting targets?

On 7 February 2012 the Minister of Trade and Industry published notice of the new BBBEE targets effective from 9 February 2012.
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19 May 2014

Business needs to do more to recruit people with disabilities

South African businesses are going to have to become far more innovative and proactive in their approach to employing people with disabilities should the proposed  new National Disability Policy be approved by parliament.
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13 March 2014

SAE4D geared to assist businesses with new BBBEE codes

The short reprieve South African businesses have been given before the revised Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) codes of good practice take effect, may not be long enough if they don’t start working towards compliance now.
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11 July 2014

Biggest SAE4D breakfast workshop-an enormous success

Almost 100 delegates attended the latest highly successful South African Employers for Disability (SAE4D) breakfast workshop hosted by The University of Pretoria on 27 June 2014. The theme of the event was “Enabling Employers to Comply with the newly revised BBBEE codes and Employment Equity”.

Dr Jerry Gule, Versha Rowjee & Tshepo Rankowe
Ms Luthando Kekana
University of Johannesburg staff

The main speakers were Ms Janeez Hafizulla, Deputy Director, BEE Unit, Department of Trade and Industry, Professor Juan Bornman, Director, Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria, and Ms Luthando Kekana, Senior Communications Specialist at Airports Company of South Africa.
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10 April 2014

SAE4D breakfast takes stock

It’s been 20 years since South Africa’s first democratic elections – elections which heralded the start of an era of inclusivity and equality.

Thabo Mashaba of Alexander-Forbes, Lidia Pretorius of the Department of Women Children and People with Disabilities and Dr Jerry Gule of SAE4D

This milestone being marked by much introspection and analysis of the progress South Africa has made in terms of economic and social development over the past two decades. So SAE4D used the opportunity of its second breakfast meeting to look at the progress that has been made for people with disabilities in the workplace.
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10 April 2014

New Draft National Disability Policy changes focus

The first Draft White Paper relating to the revised National Disability Policy, which introduces the concept of “duty bearers” and charges them with responsibility for ensuring the implementation of the provisions of the policy, is expected to be signed off by the incoming Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities in June this year.
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10 April 2014

Health and Safety plans must accommodate people with disabilities

What would happen in your organisation if a fire were to break out? Would all occupants of the building were able to reach safety quickly and without panic and without sustaining avoidable injuries?
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07 April 2014                                                            SAE016

SAE4D geared to assist businesses with new BBBEE codes

The short reprieve South African businesses have been given before the revised Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) codes of good practice take effect, may not be long enough if they don’t start working towards compliance now.
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25 October 2013                                                           SAE010

Stroke Awareness Week – advice for employers from SAE4D

In Stroke Awareness Week this week, employers should take time to review their policies relating to the management of employees who may suffer permanent disability as a result of a stroke.
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25 October 2013                                                           SAE009

Give people with hearing impairments a chance in the workplace – SAE4D

“When applying for jobs or training, I was called in to so many interviews yet wasn’t
successful because my communication is not good like other candidates – yet I had
the relevant qualification.”
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25 October 2013                                                           SAE007

SAE4D issues challenge for National Transport Month

October is National Transport month in South Africa. During this month, everyone is encouraged to use public transport on at least one day. Many politicians, celebrities and prominent business people abandon their private cars and heed the call.
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25 October 2013                                                           SAE003

Make your business accessible for people with disabilities

One of the greatest barriers to the employment of people with disabilities is physical – the business premises are simply not accessible not only to people in wheelchairs, but also to people with visual impairments.
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September 2013                                                          

SAE4D breakfast session - Enabling disability in the workplace

SAE4D held a successful breakfast at Eskom Megawatt Park on 26 July 2013. The theme of the event was enabling disability in the workplace.

The attendees were welcomed by Dr Penny Mkalipe, Health and Welfare Senior Manager at Eskom, which sponsored the event.  The SAE4D chairman Dr Jerry Gule then reminded us of the organisation’s aims and objectives and how SAE4D is working towards making a difference for people with disabilities in the workplace.

Mr Richard Khumalo, Transformation Chief Adviser at Eskom, spoke about the changes Eskom was going through to accommodate people with disabilities and the research they had conducted to ensure that people with disabilities are not discriminated against.

“We are striving towards creating an environment where disclosure does not create discrimination. Organisations need to shift their views towards people with disabilities and start seeing them more as assets than liabilities” he added

Professor Kitty Uys and Professor Juan Bornman from the University of Pretoria Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication gave an enlightening presentation;

 They introduced the delegates to action-based learning programme where organisations and their employees can participate in activities that will make them more aware of the needs and challenges faced by people with disabilities in the workplace. This is essential for changing attitudes and enabling the integration of people with disabilities into our environments.


17 May 2013                                                           SAE002

Employing people with disabilities makes sound business sense

People with disabilities are largely an untapped resource in the labour market despite the fact that they have immense potential to contribute meaningfully to society and to the business sector in particular.
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14 May 2013                                                         SAE001

Greatest barrier to employment of people with disabilities - attitude

One of the great barriers to the employment of people with disabilities is not physical access to business premises – although that remains a major issue – it’s attitude.
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South African Employers for Disability (SAE4D)