The Core Group
SAE4D Steering Group
Losh Pather – Chairperson
Employer: Liberty Corporate
Job title: Learning & Development Manager
Reasons for joining SAE4D: I am committed to the meaningful Transformation of our workforce and believe that respect and dignity are fundamental to human values.
I am honoured to serve as an Executive member of SAE4D as it is an opportunity to share learning and build partnerships to advance people living with disabilities. It is through education and understanding that people living with disabilities can secure employment and contribute meaningfully.
There are several pieces of legislation that supports the appointment and advancement of people with disabilities in the workplace namely Our Constitution; Employment Equity Act; Skills Development Act; BBBEE to name a few, however we should transform because it is the right thing to do. We welcome the insights and learning shared amongst employers and would like to participate actively in the objectives and goals of the SAE4D.
Ntungu Masindi – Vice chairperson
Employer: Motus Group
Job title: Head of Diversity and Inclusion
Reasons for joining SAE4D: “Diversity is the art of thinking independently together” the publisher of Forbes Magazine, Malcolm Forbes once said. I believe that every employer in South Africa, and for that matter worldwide, has the responsibility to create a diverse and inclusive work environment which gives employees a sense of belonging.
Research has shown that when people have a sense of belonging they perform to their full potential. That’s why I believe that we have to do all we can as Corporate South Africa to employ people with disabilities and enable them to be their best.
Employer: Mercedes-Benz South Africa Limited
Job title: HR Business Partner, Organisation Development and Transformation
Reasons for joining SAE4D: Diversity and Inclusion are fundamental strategic pillars, which facilitate a workforce environment driven by talent, competence, contribution, skill and a sense of belonging. We believe that honing in on the diverse competence of people, supports ultimate organisation success and achievement.
Our corporate values shape the organisational culture, in which we endeavour to instil Passion, Respect, Integrity and Discipline. It is with the building blocks of respect and integrity, that we create an inclusive environment for all people, therefore including persons with disabilities.
As a responsible employer and corporate citizen, it is imperative that we are conscious of providing an accommodating workplace in which we accept all people, and encourage learning and awareness, whilst keeping abreast of topics related to disability in the workplace. Mercedes-Benz South Africa has a vested interest in the disability landscape of our country, extending beyond our workplace, by including the communities in which we operate. This drive, has forged the relationship between our organisation and South African Employers 4 Disability. Everyone is different, yet everyone remains equal.
Employer: The Sunrise Ability Group
Job title: Talent and Diversity
Reasons for joining SAE4D: Diversity and Inclusion in the South African employment context, is something that is fast gaining momentum. Engagement by corporate, business and government, quite encouraging and indicative of a strong willingness and desire to conform. I have been privileged enough, in my career, that spans nearly 15 years, to have been a part of a transformation journey that has seen us go from speaking generally about employment equity, to touching on very explicit aspects of it. Some of my career highlights, have been the times where corporate has engaged our services specifically to advance the cause for the disempowered demographic groupings in this country, particularly persons living with disabilities.
Throughout the years, we have collaborated with corporate and government to bring about change and diversity in the workplace. It is exciting to see the appetite and zeal, with which corporate is now embracing the inclusion of persons with disability in the workplace. I am a strong advocate for the economic emancipation of the disabled and I am grateful for this platform, which serves both an enabling and informative vehicle to all stakeholders.
Dr Jeremiah Majaheni (Jerry) Gule
Employer: Institute of People Management, NPC
Job title: Supporting Member
Reasons for joining SAE4D: When the SAE4D was formed the company that I worked for at the time was totally committed to driving transformation not only internally but externally also. So, when a forum that involved other companies that were passionate about the same thing, it was a no brainer not to prioritize this initiative. At a personal level this aligned with my values and passion. The consequence is that even though I left that organization a couple of years ago, I have made it a point to remain connected and active in the SAE4D. It is fulfilling voluntary work to me and heartening to help organizations drive a diverse and inclusive culture that empowers all employees. There is no question that fostering disability inclusion and integration both in the workplace and in general society is a critical matter and makes business sense. Persons with disabilities have human rights and for businesses they are customers too.
For a company to be regarded as a good corporate citizen and best in breed it must embrace a culture of diversity and inclusion. The South African Constitution, specifically the Human Rights Bill implores that all people are to be treated with dignity and respect. The workplace is a perfect platform for ensuring that Constitutional values and fundamental human rights are observed. It is a privilege for me to serve companies that are committed to disability integration. I am convinced that the work of the SAE4D is critical for driving transformation and give a leg up to a seriously marginalized population. By collaborating companies can be able to grow their capabilities to advance people with disabilities.
Developing best practices for the
integration of people with disabilities in the workplace.
SAE4D is committed to cultivating a culture of inclusiveness
in the workplace for South Africans living with disabilities.