Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the minister of women, youth and people with disabilities, says specific measures are in place to make quarantine places accessible to people with disabilities.
She spoke at a webinar hosted by the department on Friday. The webinar focused on the rights of people with disabilities in South Africa during Covid-19.
Rosemary Capa, Deputy Minister of Small Business, spoke at the webinar about economic interventions for people with disabilities during the state of confinement and beyond.
Nkoana-Mashabane said a report form was drawn up to keep track of the money that women, youth and people with disabilities receive from the government’s R500 billion support package.
“I informed my colleagues in the departments of social development, health and basic education about all issues raised in the letters sent to the department.”
Nkoana-Mashabane said other measures taken to accommodate people with disabilities in the pandemic are the training of staff in residential facilities for people with disabilities and the inclusion of people with disabilities in the distribution of food parcels.
“This is done by a knock-down system at their homes to prevent the conditions that can lead to famine. The Department of Social Development led these processes effectively. “
She said the Department of Basic Education provided resources to support students with autism, and said Autism South Africa provides counseling services to parents and carers.