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ACTION For Blind and Disabled Children situated in central Roodepoort is a NGO, sponsored by the community, and is dedicated to teaching / training blind and disabled young people about computers and computer software, such as Microsoft Operating Systems, Office Suite and other related software programs.
ACTION trains students from basic computer skills to the more advanced software programs, with the goal of training them to the required level needed to write the Microsoft Accredited examinations and with the assistance of ACTION these young people have the potential to obtain gainful employment.
ACTION is the only Non Governmental Organisation in South Africa to provide a win, win and win situation.
In return for Corporate Social Investment from the South African business community, Action provide business win by having a pool of competent, trained blind / disabled people for any level of employment, Equity Employment targets for disabled staff are 2 %. Action does not charge our sponsors finder or placement fees.
Blind or disabled people win by being on a career path with a future and not having to rely on a Government Grant which is barely above the United Nations Poverty Level ($1.00 / day), ie R870.00 per month and finally all the citizens of South Africa win with less strain on public funds ie blind / disabled people now self sufficient (once a blind / disabled person earns in excess of R 1 500.00 / month the person is no longer entitled to receive disability benefits) and with 1.74 Million blind / disabled people in South Africa receiving Government funds of R 870.00 each / month there can be is a massive saving of public funds which can be utilised for health, public transport, housing or other shortfalls in our country.
The Equity Employment Act is wonderful for those less fortunate than ourselves but ..... 63.33 % of our disabled community are visually impaired and 22.62 % are hearing impaired, Action's management has dealt with placing people with challenges in employment since 2000, thus we feel the Equity Employment Act does not consider the scope of disabilities in South Africa, from a business point of view an employer want the best person for the job, when there is a choice between a person who battles to read or cannot read at all, a person who battles to communicate or cannot communicate at all with the majority of people and finally a person who has a mobility challenge alone the person with the mobility challenge is chosen for the job 9 out of 10 times, therefore 85.95 % of our disabled community are not benefiting very much from the Equity Employment Act.
The nature of business today is such that the majority of positions Action receives requests to fill are in administration and couples with the challenges disabled people face when accessing public transport or the lack of public transport in industrial areas means 85.95 % of our disabled community are still marginalised.