BLIND SA AND SECTION 27 CELEBRATE COURT ORDER DECLARING COPYRIGHT ACT UNCONSTITUTIONAL, AND ADVANCE TO CONSTITUTIONAL COURT FOR CONFIRMATION   21 September 2021, Johannesburg – BlindSA and SECTION27 today welcome an order of the High Court of South Africa (Gauteng, Pretoria Division) declaring that the Copyright Act of 1978 is invalid for violating the rights…


Copyright high court trial 21 September 2021 – 21 September 2021

Blind and partially sighted people’s basic human rights in accessing reading materials in accessible formats – braille, daisy (Digital Accessible Information System) and audio is still being violated despite Democracy since 1994. We are addressing Government including the President, various ministers, Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, members of parliament and other leaders…


Copyright Act #7

We cannot wait any longer! We need to #EndTheBookFamine for people who are blind or visually disabled TODAY so that we can all access reading materials in accessible formats. The Copyright Act (1978) violates our human rights! @BlindSA_NGO


Blind SA Partners with inABLE to Advance Digital Accessibility in Africa

Eight disability organizations across Africa unite to present the Inclusive Africa Conference September 30, 2021– -Blind SA will join Kenya NGO inABLE as a supporting partner for the second Inclusiv Africa Conference, happening virtually on September 30th from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm East African Time – 10 am until 3 PM SA time The…


Tokyo Paralympics 24 August to 5 September 2021

Blind SA would like to congratulate Team South Africa, for their amazing achievements at the Tokyo Paralympic Games 2021.  Four Gold, one silver and two bronze medals, we are so proud of you!   We would like to thank SASCOC, the Paralympic Committee for making this possible and especially the athletes and cyclist for their…


Copyright high court trial 21 September 2021 – 20 September 2021

We have long engaged Government and various stakeholders to demand copyright reform, but this process has been protracted and with limited success. In 2010 Government established a copyright review commission and ever since that time there has been limited progress to secure equal access to reading materials for people who are blind or visually impaired…


Copyright Act #6

Former Constitutional Court Justice Zak Yacoob believes copyright reform is urgent @BlindSA_NGO & SECTION27 are going to court on 21 Sept 2021 to #EndTheBookFamine for people who are blind so that we can all have access to libraries of books in formats that are accessible to us.


Copyright high court trial 21 September 2021 – 17 September 2021

Blind SA reflects on the ways in which the lack of access to reading materials has infringed upon the constitutional rights of people who are blind or partially sighted to equality, dignity, basic and further education, freedom of expression and participation in the cultural life of one’s choice. These rights are interconnected and their realisation…


Copyright Act #5

The current Copyright Act prohibits exceptions to copyright, resulting in a #BookFamine for people who are blind. @BlindSA_NGO and SECTION27 are challenging copyright law in court on 21 Sept 2021 because #BrailleIsNoCrime and we all have the right to access books!