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A vigil for lost vision

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...
Live Life to the Full

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...
He’s Brave and Independent

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...
Be my Eyes

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....