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On the brink of an exciting career

Marita Erlank was born a perfectly healthy child but in her eighth year, she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. After many months and surgeries, Marita regained her health but was left partially...
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Study at Optima College

Optima College was established in 1985 in Baileys Muckleneuk in Pretoria and is the training facility of the South African National Council for the Blind. It provides training to blind and...
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Prevention of blindness

In our 85 years, we have established the Bureau for the Prevention of Blindness which is our flagship eye-care division. So for over 60 years, we have been travelling around the country to rural...
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Our Enterprise Shop

How does a blind person tell the time or make notes? They use gadgets from our Enterprise Shop. We produce and print Braille and stock a wide range of assistive devices and technology to assist...

On the brink of an exciting career

Study at Optima College

Prevention of blindness

Our Enterprise Shop

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Inclusion and Development

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Our social-outreach projects have ensured that many organisations are started at a community level to share skills of entrepreneurial development through a variety of accessible and sustainable means...

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SANCB has a comprehensive fundraising programme which sustains our budget of R34 million a year. We raise the majority of this money from private individuals, corporates and government to sustain all...

Memories of SANCB

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To know your future, you must know your past, each stepping stone that has been cast. – Margaret Jang Our early days The SANCB was formed in 1929 as a coordinating body for entities...

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Posted: 05 Mar 2015
Sometimes we get so bogged down when doing our daily work that we forget why we are actually here. We get used to doing things in a set way without...
Posted: 05 Mar 2015
The Optima students had lots of fun at their Valentine’s Day function. One of the Optima students was DJ for the day and these students...

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