Disability Summit 2018 – Disabled Entrepreneurs

Disability Summit 2018 a success. The summit took place on 18 April 2018 in Auckland Park. The summit supported Hope Mandeville  which connects companies to recruits as well as disabled led SMEs with corporate supply chains Рfacilitating future collaborations.
Corporates were able to meet hundreds of disabled learners they would choose to employ as well as disabled entrepreneurs.
The event hosted by the SABC FOUNDATION aims to transform and encourage changes in the disability space by sharing experiences, explaining new B-BBEE legislation policies as well as spotting unique opportunities for promotion of disabled entrepreneurs and employees.
The summit saw 500 grade 9 to 12 learners, 100 graduates and 150 disabled entrepreneurs mingling with corporates on the day. These corporates are struggling to meet disability requirements on the BBEE scorecard.
The summit together with SABC FOUNDATION’s disability 360 campaign aims to empower people with disabilities by providing information online and by hand in eleven official South African languages.
Iris Cupido, CEO of the SABC Foundation said:
“Being heard, respected and valued is a basic human right for all, and we hope that through initiatives such as Disability 360 and the SABC Disability Summit, we will support this right and pave the way for enhanced training and job opportunities for South Africans with disabilities”
The summit presented in partnership with Creative Space Media, is an evolution of Hope-Mandeville Disability Careers Expo. That event was first launched in 2012 by Paddy Slattery – root of his work being Section 21 Company Mandeville Disability Swimming.
Slattery concluded:
“Having taken the expos as far as we could within our capacity limitations, the Hope-Mandeville team invited Creative Space Media to take over the organisation of the event with effect from this year. We believe the new management will help the event achieve its full potential for sophistication and growth. The move is already bearing fruit – Creative Space Media bought in the SABC as primary sponsor of the event and has upgraded the event to full conference status”