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Students attend Disability Summit in Phalaborwa

Students from Mopani TVET College in Phalaborwa were one of the 45 schools and tertiary institutions that attended last week’s Disability Summit and Career Expo.

The event, Africa’s largest gathering for promoting and enabling employment opportunities for people with disabilities, was hosted at the Johannesburg Expo Centre at Nasrec. This year’s two-day event saw disabled learners advised on corporate career opportunities and what companies require when employing people with disabilities.

Students attending this year’s summit connected with over 30 corporate companies and heard from a range of inspirational speakers about what opportunities await them after school.

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The summit also included career demonstrations as well as exhibitions of wheelchair tennis, blind cricket, foot, and mouth painters, and a guest appearance by marathon runner Ipeleng “Crazy Legs” Khunou, who runs marathons on his crutches to raise awareness on what can be achieved by people with disabilities.

The annual event is an important platform to highlight how workplace inclusion of people with disabilities needs to be prioritised. The Road Accident Fund (RAF) was the headline sponsor for this year’s event.

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