The Department of Social Development Disability Unit in Thabo Mofutsanyana, along with Disabled People of South Africa (DPSA) held a graduation ceremony in Atameleng Hall at Thekolohelong Welfare centre on the 1st of April 2016. Certificates were awarded to 54 people with disabilities who participated in the T.S.K building construction Project in 2014, which was funded by SETA (Skills Education Training Authority).
In her speech, Me Palesa Mothibi (Rehabilitation Manager: Thekolohelong) said without devoted stakeholders, like the Department of Health, Department of Labour, Department of Education, Maluti a Phofung local municipality and SETA, the Department of Social Development would not have been able to address the needs of people with disabilities.
Mothibi also stated that Protective Workshop managed to protect and cascade services to the people through assistance from stakeholders. Referring to the statistics Me Palesa Mothibi highlighted that Free State is the leading province with 11, 1% of the population being people living with disabilities.
Out of that 11, 1% which amounts to 237,000 people, 48% of them are living in Thabo Mofutsanyana District. Mothibi said people with disabilities are unable to participate in economic activities because there are very few that cater for them. She hopes that the partnership between the Department and DPSA will be further strengthened to ensure that they are able to protect and get services to the people, particularly people with disabilities.