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Public Hearings On The Copyright Amendment Bill

PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE COPYRIGHT AMENDMENT BILL 4 AUGUST 2017 AND NOW IS THE TIME! THE KEY IS IN YOUR HANDS! The gift of empowering blind, visually impaired and otherwise print disable persons in South Africa   By Mr Jace Nair AND NOW IS THE TIME! THE KEY IS IN YOUR HANDS! The gift of…

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BLIND SA SUCCESSFULLY TRAINS 19

SIGHTED TEACHERS IN UNIFIED ENGLISH BRAILLE Blind SA recently undertook grade 1 and grade 2 braille training for 39 educators from the Gauteng Department of Education. The training took place during January and March 2017 at Sibonile and Filadelfia Schools, and was funded by the ETDP SETA. The training included: Read and Write fully contracted…

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Ofentse Manyane teachers

We're teaching the teachers one school at the time

Professional, passionate and dedicated as they are, teachers who have the task of teaching visually impaired children have seldom been given any specialist knowledge or formal training in braille – and most provincial departments of education don’t provide it…

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Cathy Donaldson, President of Blind SA holding her certificate for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government.

Cathy Donaldson honoured as finalist

We are so proud of Blind SA’s president, Cathy, who was selected as a finalist for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government for the category of Welfare and Civil Society Organisations. This recognition of influential African leaders took place at the Vodacom Dome in Midrand on 28 July 2015. CEO Communications announced the women being recognised for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government and the men being recognised for…

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Two women with canes, crossing road as part of mobility training.

Rehabilitation Programme Visits Rural School

Our orientation and mobility services continue to be an essential part of the training we offer to newly blind people as well as to blind people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Part of our rehabilitation programme takes us to schools to assist pupils and teachers on how to carry out basic skills and tasks of daily living. Our practitioners recently visited a rural school in Rustenberg where blind and…

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Blind SA employee, Victoria, sitting at her desk with a cheerful smile on her face.

Victoria celebrates 25 years with Blind SA

I joined Blind SA on 1 July 1990 as a cleaner.” After attending night school and gaining her Matric Victoria then began working as a proofreader. This motivated her even more, “I realised that I shouldn’t be satisfied as just an employee and that I should learn how to read and write Braille even if I’m not blind.” With the help of…

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Two slices of burnt toast on a white background.

A slice of life by Tracy Smith

It baffles and amazes people every time I tell them that I live on my own. “How do you do it?” they always ask. I never know how to answer that one – it’s just something that I do. Living on my own has had some scary moments; like the time I accidentally short-circuited my – and my landlady’s – house by unknowingly having a…

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