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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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Speak Out About Abuse

In December, SANCB students and staff attended a dialogue on domestic violence, which placed special emphasis on how domestic violence affects persons with visual impairments. Hosted by SANCB and Optima College in partnership with the Department of Justice and...

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Live Life to the Full

Curtis Sibuyi, a 43-year-old from Nelspruit, is studying Introduction to Computers and has found it so empowering that he’s applied for Contact Centre and Support next semester. “Before coming to Optima, my life was stagnant. Now I know that there’s still hope and a...

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Just believe!

Nokubonga Dlamini, a 30-year-old from Harding, was born with retinitis pigmentosa. After matriculating in 2010, she studied Communication Science at Unisa and is now studying Introduction to Computers at Optima. “My journey at Optima is very exciting. The facilitators...

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He’s Brave and Independent

Sbonelo Mthembu, a 24-year-old from KZN, unexpectedly lost his sight in both eyes in 2009. He struggled to accept life as a blind person but his family rallied around him and he matriculated in 2015. After obtaining a Public Management Diploma, Sbonelo enrolled for...

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Help us Beat the Budget Blues

No one likes asking for money – and yet we can’t function without it. Thankfully, we have Illuminé donors like you by our side to ensure that we have sufficient resources to carry out our life-changing work. If you’d like to make a monthly gift to SANCB, by EFT or...

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Breaking through Borders

Visually impaired learners in the Free State and Eastern Cape now have access to Optima’s Introduction to Computers course, thanks to efforts to offer our services to students beyond Gauteng’s borders. The expansion was motivated by the Life Healthcare project, which...

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Be my Eyes

'Be My Eyes' is a free mobile app that’s designed to bring sight to blind and low-vision people around the world. When a blind or low-vision user needs visual assistance, the app connects them with one of 1,6 million volunteers through a live video call. To find out...

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