Youth Month

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June 28, 2024

June is Youth Month in South Africa and unemployment is one of the biggest challenges that Youth face in South Africa. Youth with severe sight loss face even more issues with employment than other young persons. In today’s workforce, diversity and inclusion are not just buzzwords but essential components of a successful business strategy. Among the groups often overlooked are persons with sight loss, whose potential to contribute to the workplace remains largely untapped.

This article draws on the pioneering efforts of Retina South Africa, together with other organisations in the sight-loss sector, to underscore the importance of integrating persons with sight loss into our work environments. To this end, Retina South Africa has set up Whatsapp Groups where, amongst other things, job openings especially for persons with visual impairments are shared.

The South African National Council for the Blind estimates that roughly 95% of persons with sight loss are unemployed in South Africa. Furthermore, a study published in February 2024 emphasizes the significant impact visual impairment has on employment status, advocating for supportive employment practices.

The economic benefits of a diverse workforce, including those with sight loss, are manifold. Beyond compliance with national and international mandates on the rights of persons with disabilities, inclusivity in hiring practices fosters innovation, reflects a broader customer base, and enhances team dynamics. Organisations within the sight loss sector’s roles in connecting job seekers with disabilities to employers is a testament to the positive outcomes of such initiatives.

As we strive to build more inclusive workplaces, let us recognize the value and potential of individuals with sight loss. Their employment not only aligns with ethical and regulatory mandates but also contributes significantly to the economic and social fabric of our communities. By embracing the principles of inclusion, we can unlock a wealth of untapped potential and move towards a more equitable and prosperous future for all.

Employment Agencies in South Africa specialising in the recruitment of persons with disabilities:

  • ClockWork Recruitment – Operates across Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and Gauteng, serving all types of disabilities. ClockWork Recruitment.
  • Bradshaw LeRoux Consulting (BLC) – Provides services designed to help organizations become more inclusive. Bradshaw LeRoux Consulting.
  • Tych Business Solutions – Tych Business Solutions operates a dedicated division for People With Disabilities, focusing on providing employment opportunities and support for individuals with disabilities. Tych Business Solutions.

Persons with sight loss are also encouraged to peruse the job vacancies advertised by the South African government as they have committed to employ at least 2% of their staff complement with persons with disabilities. Openings are advertised once a week and can be found here:

For any questions about working with sight loss or reasonable accommodation please contact Lindiwe or Victoria at 0114501181 or .

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