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WiNN Annual Employment Summit 2019: Disability Employment

Event: Annual Employment Summit, Sept 2019 

Topic: Disability Employment – Challenges, Opportunities, & Solutions.

On Thursday 12th September 2019, at Educor’s INTECS Cape Town campus (, WiNN hosted our annual industry summit event.

The theme of this year’s summit was disability employment in South Africa: challenges, opportunities and solutions.

Over 100 people attended, including management and senior practitioners from leading corporate brands RSVP’d for the event, from many of the leading corporate brands such as: Builders, Capfin, Capitec Bank, Dimension Data, EDGARS, Mediclinic, Old Mutual, PPECB, Sanlam, Virgin Active, Webhelp, WNS, Woolworths, amongst many others. Also, many thought-leaders and practitioners from the disability sector attended too.

You can see the full list of the summit’s ATTENDEES (as well as for the profilles of the speakers and the industry panelists) in the event’s forum-pack, here:

At the event we had industry panel discussions, thought-leader presentations and lots of networking.

You can watch YouTube videos of all the presentations, breakaway sessions and panel discussions below. (Also, you can see the presentation slide-decks below too).


At the summit, we had three industry panel-discussions:

Industry Panel: Employers

HR, L&D, and Transformation practitioners at corporate employers, in South Africa, share their experiences of the challenges, opportunities and solutions when it comes to disability employment.

Industry Panel: NPO & Suppliers

NPOs and Suppliers share their challenges, opportunities and solutions when it comes to disability employment in South Africa.

Industry Panel: Candidates & Employees

Several people share their experience of the barriers to employment when applying for work and when in the workplace for people with disability.


At the summit, we had eleven key note presentations, in the venue’s auditorium, by industry leaders in the disability sector:

1st Keynote Speaker:

Dermot Grazebrook, WiNN, opened the summit with a short presentation about the barriers and challenges affecting disability employment in South Africa, with insightful statistics highlighting the scale of the challenge facing employers, suppliers and people with disability seeking employment.

2nd Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Emma McKinney, Disability Included CC, on: Integration & retention in employment of people with disabilities.

3rd Keynote Speaker:

Jeremy Opperman, Jeremy Opperman & Ass’, on: The importance of a perspective – Are we paying enough attention to the context of disability from a human rights and business perspective in South Africa?

4th Keynote Speaker:

Undere Deglon, DWDE, on:
Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment and Disability.


5th Keynote Speaker:

Tania Melnyczuk, Austistc Strategies Network, on:
Recruiting for and optimising autistic traits – A story of success (& failure).



6th Keynote Speaker:

Shannon Gueffroy-Fourie, Kukhula Global Projects, on:
The impact of learnerships on the organisation (& benefits: B-BBEE, Grants and Rebates), the impact for learners, and the difference it makes in the lives of learners to gain skills and qualifications.



7th Keynote Speaker:

Lowri Williams, QAWC, on:
Work Readiness Programmes (For Quadriplegics & Paraplegics) – Bridging the gap to employment.




8th Keynote Speaker:

Jeremy Hazell, Shonaquip, on: Success Story Case Study & ‘Lessons Learnt’ – Bergrivier Municipality.





9th Keynote Speaker:

Jenny Erlandsen, NID, on:
A New Industry-Based Training Model – Accessible career paths for persons with different degrees of hearing loss.






10th Keynote Speaker:

Nazereen Bhana, eDeaf, on:
Showcasing industry-specific sectors that are able to accommodate deaf people.







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