South African Mobility for the Blind Trust (SAMBT): “I Feel Human Again” the story of Thembi Nkosi. Thembi lives in Newcastle area in South Africa. She received Orientation and Mobility training from Bongani Maleka in 2016.
Chances are you have never heard of it. Well, it is a town in the Eastern Free State. And it’s not that small a place either – with at least 60 000 inhabitants. It spills through the foothills of the imposing Drakensberg mountains. There are two large malls there and the town centre is busy, Read more about There is no such place as nowhere[…]
James is a pensioner. His home is in rural North West Province. James is blind. Kidibone is teaching him. She is teaching him how to use a white cane. This is how she tells it. “When I landed at James’s place two weeks ago, he already knew about me from my previous clients and he Read more about Dignity Regained[…]
Not just an ordinary South African township address. This here is where Retofohile meets – a self-help group of blind people. The house at 6541 Motloung belongs to Ivy. She has given them a space in her humble home to meet. Ivy herself walks using a crutch. We are inside now and here are some Read more about Ntombifuthi’s Journey[…]
Join us at SAMBT for our annual Blind Wine Tasting Event! Expect to… Experience the extraordinary 360° view from the Observation Deck on top of the hill at the Old Observatory. Appreciate the exquisite heritage site which is the Observatory itself – the roof will be open to reveal the evening sky. Enjoy wonderful music Read more about Annual Blind Wine Tasting Event[…]
While in lockdown now, our practitioners are calling their previous clients to hear how they are getting along. Are they managing to safely and independently get themselves to the spaza or supermarket to get food? How are they experiencing their new-found independence? Do they know that they should not use the normal sighted guide techniques? Read more about Lockdown[…]
Read this article in Daily Maverick with a letter from our Managing Trustee Ian Hutton:‘If NGOs were suddenly to disappear, would anyone notice?’https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-04-20-new-threat-to-the-poor-and-vulnerable-as-charities-and-ngos-face-cashflow-crisis/
Our practitioners have been in touch with their previous clients during the national lockdown. Unusually, the practitioners have had time on their hands being at home… Normally our practitioners run a new training programme in a new area, every 3 months. This leaves them little time to check up on each and every previous client.The Read more about Training During Lockdown[…]