What is SADA?

The South African Disability Alliance (SADA) is a voluntary consultative forum of national disability organisation. SADA’s work is aligned with the goal of advancing the rights and freedoms of persons with disabilities in South Africa and the improvement of our quality of life.

SADA exists to provide a platform to seek consensus and reaching common positions on issues relating to
• Key policy and legislative issues relating to disability at national, regional (African) and international levels
• Public perceptions of disability and persons with disabilities
• Norms and standards of services and service delivery to persons with disabilities
• Representing a unified voice as the disability sector without restricting differing views
• Joint strategies and inclusive positions on cross-cutting issues affecting persons with disabilities
• Self-representation by persons with disabilities
• Advocating and lobbying on issues affecting persons with disabilities
• Providing leadership for persons with disabilities in South Africa on issues affecting us

SADA also strives to promote collaboration in terms of joint initiatives, campaigns, programmes and projects between role-players in the disability sector, as well as between the disability sector and other societal and governmental role-players including the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policy, legislation and other instruments affecting persons with disabilities at the national, regional (African) and international levels.
SADA participates in research projects and initiatives, as well as public education and awareness about disability and funding for the disability sector.

Who are we?

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Marina Clarke


Director of Epilepsy SA

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Ntshavheni Netshituni

Vice Chairperson

Vice President of Blind SA

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Ari Seirlis


CEO of QASA (QuadPara)

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Sandy Usswald


Director of Autism SA

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Bharti Patel


Director of the SA Federation for Mental Health

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Melanie Lubbe


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