Community project - Income generation for disabled people ABB helps disabled people with the dignity of work and gaining skills

2014-09-19 - ABB South Africa is contributing towards a programme supported by one of its largest customers in the Western Cape, the City of Cape Town, to assist disabled people to secure meaningful employment in a safe and encouraging environment.
Several local and international companies in the region back the Orion work centre in Atlantis, Cape Town. These companies include AMC Classic, K-Tek, Pioneer Foods, Powertech, TRW Automotive Occupant Restraints, Unsgaard Packaging and Hangerman/Woolworths.

Chesney Bradshaw, Sustainability Manager, ABB South Africa (second left) together with Hannl Cronje, CEO of Orion, and residents in the workshop at the disabled facility in Atlantis, Western Cape

The City of Cape Town has put its weight behind ABB's participation in the programme. Alfoso Sauls, programme manager for vulnerable groups with the City of Cape Town Social Development and Early Childhood Development Special Projects department, says ABB's involvement helps support disabled people in the city.

Hannl Cronje, CEO of Orion Organisation, says that ABB's contribution is helping to upgrade the workshops and uplift people with disabilities. Cronje says the income generating and skills development projects provide disabled people with a sense of purpose and productivity forms an integral component of their therapeutic well being.

Orion brings pride and dignity to people with disabilities. The working environment simulates work processes and methods used in industry. The centre, with a capacity for 150 disabled adults, is staffed by 11 supervisors reporting to a production manager. Up to 50 disabled people have been able to move into permanent work positions in industry because of the programme.

"We are proud of our partnerships and thank ABB and its employees in Cape Town for coming to the assistance of our disabled beneficiaries particularly during this difficult economic time when organisations such as ours are under financial pressure," says Cronje.