Purpose of the Programme

The purpose of the program is to ensure the improvement in the quality of life of Persons with Disabilities.
In terms of Outcome 8 of the Strategic Outcomes, “sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life”:  Services to Persons with Disabilities refer to the protection and promotion of the rights of People with disabilities including social security rights.

Policy Mandates

Integrated National Disability Strategy (INDS)
The White Paper on an Integrated National Disability Strategy calls for the establishment and implementation of a range of services to enable people with disabilities and parents of disabled children to access services that will enhance their ability to live independently.  It also makes provision for Activity Centres and residential care services.

  • Disability Policy

This policy calls for the integration of disability issues within departmental programs and protection of people with disabilities.

  • Minimum Norms and Standards for Residential Facilities for Persons with Disabilities

The Minimum Norms and Standards calls for the development and implementation of measures to ensure the protection, safety of service recipients.

  • Policy on the Management and Transformation of Protective Workshops

Strives towards restoring the dignity of Persons with Disabilities

Situation Analysis

There is a serious lack of accurate information on the nature and prevalence of disability in South Africa. This has led to fragmented services and further hampered the integration of persons with disabilities in Society. This negatively impacts on the planning for provision of services for persons with disabilities in the country as well as the creation of an enabling environment for the equalization of opportunities. The Department of Social Development has developed terms of reference for the appointment of a service provider to audit the current services for people with disabilities in the country.  The audit will enable the Department to improve service provision to people with disabilities and their families.

The White Paper on Social Welfare and Social Development Disability Policy calls for equal opportunities for people with disabilities in all services and programmes and that these services should lead towards the independence and integration of people with disabilities into society.

The majority of people with disabilities in South Africa has been excluded from the mainstream of society and has thus been prevented from accessing fundamental social, political and economic rights.


The exclusion experienced by people with disabilities and their families is the result of a range of factors, for example:


  • Social attitudes which have perpetuated stereotypes of disabled people as dependent and in need of car
  • Inaccessible public transport;
  • Inaccessible and unsupportive work environments;
  • Inadequate and inaccessible provision for vocation rehabilitation and training

Strategic Goal

  • To protect and promote the rights of people with disabilities


  • Sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life
  • All people in South Africa are and feel safe

Objective statement

  • To implement and monitor appropriate prevention, intervention and support services to vulnerable groups in terms of Integrated National Disability Strategy and the Policy on Disability


  • 3400  persons with disabilities


  • The prevalence of HIV and AIDS and increase in the abuse of substance leads to the increase in the number of Persons with Disabilities and demand for services
  • Unemployment and Poverty has a direct impact on disability therefore there is an increase in the number of children with disabilities in need of care and protection


  • Aligning of services of the different departmental programs will enhance and integrated and comprehensive services for persons with disabilities.
  • The Department in collaboration with the Department of Health has developed empowerment programs for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities to prevent secondary disabilities.
  • Inter-sectoral advocacy and awareness programs are held on an annual basis especially during the Month of November which is Disability Month.
  • To ensure integration and mainstreaming of disability, ongoing training of service providers and Departmental Staff is essential.

  • There is a lack of progressive NGO’s in the Province to render Services to People with    Disabilities.
  • Lack of accessible community based services
  • The communities lack capacity to sustain programmes and projects
  • Parents and Caregivers of Children with Disabilities lack the skills and capacity to stimulate their children

Risk management

  • There is a lack of dedicated staff in the districts to effectively render services to people with disabilities
  • Lack of progressive NPO’s in the Province to render services to people with disabilities
  • Lack of disability specific legislation that hampers the Department to enforce restrictive measures and ensure the inclusion of Persons with Disabilities without prejudice.
  • Inaccessible buildings prevent people with disabilities from accessing services
  • Lack of adequate resources resulting in the collapse of NPO’s.