Speaking at the annual International Disability Lifestyle Expo, of which the ArcelorMittal South Africa is one of the main sponsors, former Minister in the Presidency, Essop Pahad, applauded the company’s support initiatives for people living with disability. “I would like to encourage companies such as ArcelorMittal to continue employing and empowering disabled as they are an untapped resource and they are representative of all jobs, trades, disciplines,” he said, He also asked ArcelorMittal “to consider focusing part of its Corporate Social Investment initiatives among disabled people in the rural areas, where the need is bigger.”
Disability management forms part of ArcelorMittal SA’s Integrated Employee Wellness Strategy focusing on all aspects of employee wellness including HIV/Aids, Substance Abuse, Disability and Lifestyle Management.
“Our sponsorship of the expo is a small illustration of our commitment to support the disabled community and accords with our view that the disabled are very able,” said Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita, Chief Executive Offi cer of ArcelorMittal SA. Between 500 and a thousand people attended the 4 day Disability Lifestyle Expo at Nasrec in Johannesburg. The Expo focused on strategies for achieving full inclusion for people with disabilities into society and displayed various disability aids and resources for creating lifestyle equality. Discussion topics included HIV/AIDS, sexuality and disability; women with disabilities in business, a children’s self-esteem programme, employment and skills development.
Workshops focused on accessibility, awareness and education around creating and promoting an inclusive workforce by dispelling fears and myths surrounding disability and how to practically integrate persons with disabilities into the workforce.
ArcelorMittal SA’s R300,000 Expo sponsorship furthered their effort to enhance the lives of people with disabilities in the workplace and the community. Part of their BBBEE compliance is to provide people with disabilities equal opportunity and their recruitment and procurement strategies make provision for career advancement opportunities of current and potential employees with disabilities as well as procurement from disabled vendor companies.
Picture From left to right: Sven Lunsche, manager Corporate Communications and Branding at ArcelorMittal South Africa, Rolling Inspiration’s Jerry Nkeli, Former Minister in the Presidency, Essop Pahad and Les Sebueng, Employee Wellness Consultant ArcelorMittal South Africa