Unisa’s Vice-Principal Matsiababa Motebele Champions Inclusivity Through New Disability Center

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In a groundbreaking interview with Africa Talks Construction, Matsiababa Motebele, Vice-Principal: Operations and Facilities at the University of South Africa (Unisa), sheds light on the institution’s pioneering initiative – the Centre of Excellence in Disability. With a vision to transform the landscape of disability services in South Africa, Motebele outlines the center’s pivotal role in research, education, and inclusivity.

Unisa’s commitment to inclusivity is unwavering, and the establishment of the Centre of Excellence in Disability signifies a monumental leap towards providing quality education and services to people with disabilities. Motebele explains that the center will not only be a hub for specialized research but will also influence policy and contribute to the independence and full participation of individuals with disabilities across the nation.

During the interview, Motebele emphasizes the unique approach of the center, which includes a “train the trainer” program aimed at empowering individuals to effectively address the diverse needs of people with disabilities. With dedicated research units focusing on specific disabilities such as autism, the center promises to be a catalyst for positive change in the field of disability inclusion.

Reflecting on Unisa’s journey, Motebele highlights the extensive research and benchmarking efforts undertaken to identify gaps in disability services. The center’s establishment marks a significant milestone, as it is the first of its kind in South Africa, signaling a new era of innovation and excellence in disability support.

In addressing the importance of maintenance, Motebele underscores the critical role it plays in sustaining infrastructure and facilities. Drawing from experience, he emphasizes the need for proactive maintenance to prevent costly dilapidation. Through initiatives like the Centre of Excellence in Disability, Unisa is not only investing in cutting-edge research but also prioritizing the upkeep of its facilities to ensure optimal functionality and safety for all.

As Unisa commemorates its 150 years of academic excellence, Motebele reaffirms the institution’s commitment to embracing inclusivity and fostering a supportive environment for all students. The development project for the Centre of Excellence in Disability includes state-of-the-art facilities such as high-technology computer laboratories and round-the-clock study spaces, underlining Unisa’s dedication to providing accessible and secure learning environments.

In closing, Motebele extends a warm invitation to stakeholders, showcasing artists’ impressions and area views of the envisioned facilities. With the Centre of Excellence in Disability poised to redefine disability support in South Africa, Unisa stands at the forefront of innovation, paving the way for a more inclusive and equitable society

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