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Minister: Bathabile Olive Dlamini
Deputy Minister: Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu
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GOVERNMENT TO LAUNCH DISABILITY RIGHTS AWARENESS MONTH IN DURBAN – KZN PROVINCE Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 November 2017
The Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, will tomorrow launch Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM) in Durban. The theme for #DRAM2017 is: “Strengthening Self-Representation: Young people building on the legacy of OR Tambo and Friday Mavuso towards sustainable and resilient society for all.” 

The month long campaign seeks to embrace and uphold the rights of persons with disabilities and this year, the primary focus will be on young persons with intellectual disabilities. Persons with intellectual disabilities are often forgotten and overlooked because their disabilities are not always visible. The focus for #DRAM2017 will fall on the 20th Anniversary of the release of the Integrated National Disability Strategy (INDS) and the 10th Anniversary of ratification of the UNCRPD and its Optional Protocol as important building blocks towards achieving our National Development Plan Vision 2030.

The National Development Plan (NDP) notes that many persons with disabilities are unable to develop their full potential due to multiple barriers such as physical, information, communication and attitudinal barriers. It also states that “Disability must be integrated into all facets of planning, recognising that there is no one-size-fits-all approach.”

Census 2011 revealed that the national disability prevalence rate is 7,5 percent in South Africa. The report further indicated that disability is more prevalent among females compared to males.

In order to address challenges facing persons with disabilities, Cabinet approved the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2015. The White Paper commits duty bearers to amongst other things, remove discriminatory barriers and ensure access and participation for persons with disabilities.

The Department will during the campaign reflect on progress attained on promoting the rights of persons with disabilities and encourage South Africans to support the emancipation of persons with disabilities.

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM) launch planned as follows:

PART A – Launch of DRAM

Date: Friday, 03 November 2017

Time: 11h00

Venue: Durban and Coastal Mental Health in Sherwood in Durban – KZN Province

PART B - Main Event

Date: Friday, 03 November 2017

Time: 12h00

Venue: Extension 3, Chesterville Community Hall in Durban – KZN Province

Media can RSVP by contacting Ms Dieketseng Lentsela on 063 1094 815 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or Mr Justice Malapane on 079 4977 426 / This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

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Media Enquiries may be directed to Ms Lumka Oliphant on 083 484 8067 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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