Zinokhanyo Nyangule and a Perkins Brailler

Children living with blindness

When Zinokhanyo Nyangule was just a baby, doctors discovered she had retinoblastoma. The cancer was advanced – and I’m sad to say that the surgery instantly left Zinokhanyo with...
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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...

Children living with blindness

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...

Fundraising and PR

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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: 24 Oct 2015
It’s that time of year when SANCB’s Bureau for the Prevention of Blindness performs their famous “cataract blitzes”, where...
Posted: 19 Aug 2015
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