Coega is now taking driver training to new levela and training people with disabilities. This, of course, means that I will be out vigorously defending the right of disabled people to have their parking free at all times. Remember; “No STICKER, No PARK”!
In a first for the Eastern Cape, the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has broadened its driver training programme to include customised training – and driver simulators – for people with disabilities.
The programme was launched today at Coega, but has been in pilot phase for a number of months. The Association for People with Disabilities (APD) welcomed the programme’s advance as indicative of the organisation’s commitment to non-discriminatory development.
“Mobility adds a new dimension to the life of persons with disabilities. Independence to get from A-to-B has been a long forgotten dream for most people with disabilities. Now CDC is helping to make this dream come true,” said Brian Bezuidenhout, head of the APD in Port Elizabeth. “Through this personal independence and employment opportunities become a reality.”
Bezuidenhout said APD was reaching out to the disability sector to ensure the opportunity reaches as many people with disabilities as possible.
“We started by offering the opportunity to relevant candidates within our 120 staff contingent at our headquarters and the APD Day Care Centre in Motherwell,” said Bezuidenhout. “Within the first two months, 11 people obtained their learners license and are now being trained to do the drivers’ license test.
“We are also proud to announce that June Bouah – our auxiliary social