Labour Minister Oliphant visits SEF to witness workers with disability displaying their technical nimbleness

OCTOBER 27, 2014

Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant ,will today (October 27) visit one of Sheltered Employment Factories (SEF) manufacturing plants in Johannesburg.

The SEF plant to be visited by Oliphant is located in Selby, Johannesburg at the Rand Factory, 17 Laub Street. The Minister’s visit will start at 11:30.

A week ago the SEF, an entity of the Department of Labour catering for employment of people with disability hosted a successful Open Day, in which its workers were offered an opportunity to showcase their technical nimbleness in the manufacture of their wares.

Silumko Nondwangu, Chief Executive Officer of SEF said the inaugural Open Day was a first, and plans were afoot to grow the event into an annual celebration to showcase products manufactured by people with disability.

The Open Day was attended and supported by departments of Basic Education, Public Works, Higher Education and Health.

Nondwangu said progress has been made to turn around the factories and also transform them.

The SEF  factories were established to cater for war veterans of the 2nd world war who could not be integrated into the open labour market due to various afflictions sustained from the war. They are located in seven of the nine provinces of the Republic of South Africa and in total they are 12.

In 1994, the Department assumed responsibility of the factories and had to continue to provide a subsidy to the factories through the National Treasury for the payment of salaries and the procurement of raw materials to manufacture finished goods.

The SEF Open Day was also attended by Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, representatives from Sactwu, the Ratanang Children with Disabilities, the  CCMA, Compensation Fund and Productivity SA among others.