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A vigil for lost vision

A candlelight vigil was held in October 2018 by SANCB and the North West Department of Health to mark World Sight Day – and to remember those who lost their vision because there was no one to help when they needed it. The vigil succeeded in making the business...

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Quadrennial 2019

The 43rd Conference of the South African National Council for the Blind takes place in Cape Town, from 07 to 13 October 2019 at the Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard. The theme of the Conference is “Changing the Face of Being Blind” and the Order Paper will...

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Long Fight for text books

The SANCB and Section 27 have put a mammoth effort into the fight to get the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to provide blind and partially sighted learners with accessible learning materials. Even though the DBE agreed in April 2018 to provide braille text books...

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We’ve got right of way

We celebrated International White Cane Safety Day with events in Welkom on 12 October and in Rustenburg on 26 October. These were fun and rewarding experiences for all participants – with visually impaired participants walking with white canes and sighted participants...

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Celebrating our 90th Milestone

The SANCB is celebrating a major milestone in 2019: our 90th anniversary! Nine decades of empowering the blind and partially sighted community is something to be proud of ... and we wouldn’t be here today without the ongoing support of our donors, well- wishers,...

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Order your Orbit from us

It’s here! The long-awaited Orbit Reader 20 is finally here and it’s available from the SANCB’s Assistive Technology Centre. We predict this portable braille device is going to do great things for braille literacy in SA. The rechargeable reader has many useful...

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Breaking bad habits

Poverty and disability tend to ‘hang out’ together: where you find disability, you often find poverty. This is especially true in the blindness sector, which has an unacceptably high unemployment rate. SANCB’s Honorary President Dr William Rowland believes that...

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Giving back to our children, together

Having a strong partner who believes in you can make the difference between success and failure. At SANCB, we’re grateful to all our donors for standing by our side and helping us transform the lives of visually impaired children. We’ve recently forged important...

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Unveiling Mandela’s Replica

A new one-meter tall statue of Nelson Mandela was unveiled at Sandton’s Nelson Mandela Square in November. The replica, sculpted by Kobus Hattingh, was the result of a partnership between SANCB, Exxaro Mining, Rotarians of Rotary District 9400, the Nelson Mandela...

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