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Integration Project

Siyakwazi Integration Company

Siyakwazi is a contract cleaning, gardening and maintenance company that provides continued training and practice opportunities in normal conditions to persons with intellectual disability aiming to enter the open labour market.

Trainees receive a market-related allowance for hours worked.  Siyakwazi therefore acts as an incubator for trainees until they secure employment in the open labour market.

Working at Siyakwazi gives people with intellectual disability the opportunity to:

  • practice work skills and behaviour in open labour market conditions and receive market related remuneration;
  • increase employability;
  • benefit from Job Coaching and support, leading to a smooth transition from protective environment to Open Labour Market;
  • increase safety awareness to prevent injuries and incidents;
  • increase independence;
  • improve social and communication skills;
  • develop acceptable social and work behaviour.

During the current financial year (March 2012 to February 2013) we aim to host work place experience opportunities for 50 learners with ID currently in Hygiene and Cleaning Level 1 Learnerships. We are also in the process of developing a SMME strategy to encourage and assist trainees to start their own small ventures with sub-contracting options.