August 2016 Augustus
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EDITOR/REDAKTEUR André Vosloo
Tel: (W) (021) 442-8529
Tel: (H) (021) 987-7979
This publication is made possible with financial assistance from the
Department of Arts & Culture.
Blind SA is looking for a dynamic, well-groomed and presentable Placement
Officer with a deep understanding of the labour market as well as the
visually disabled field.
The candidate will be a person who is in possession of a relevant three year
tertiary qualification and who is able and willing to travel nationally. The
salary is negotiable.
The candidate will have excellent communication skills, including:
Report writing and CV compilation skills
Proficiency in English and at least one other SA language
Presentation skills and the ability to address large audiences.
The candidate will have proven computer skills as well as the ability to do
and demonstrate practical tasks.
The incumbent is expected to
Develop strategies to search for vacancies, learnerships, internships, cadet
programmes and to place jobseekers at such vacancies;
Market and raise awareness about visually impaired jobseekers in the
Develop and regularly maintain a database of employed and unemployed
visually impaired persons;
Assess jobseekers for job-readiness, advise on necessary training and assist
with compilation of CV's;
Inform suitable jobseekers of available vacancies;
Advise employers on reasonable accommodation measures;
Liaise with the employment chairperson, constituencies and stakeholders;
Send your CV to Blind SA Human Resources:
For further information call: Abraham Allies at:
Closing date: 15 August 2016.
Blind SA reserves the right to authenticate all qualifications.
Kindly note that correspondence will be limited to shortlisted candidates
only. If you do not receive correspondence from us two weeks after the
closing date, accept that your application was unsuccessful.
Introduction of DAISY
to Blind SA
by Michelle Louw
Blind SA has taken into consideration that hard copy braille might not
always be in high demand, so our Executive Committee decided to broaden our
horizons to make information available in other formats for access by the
visually impaired, namely DAISY.
A few of Blind SA's staff members were selected to participate in the DAISY
training, presented by Mr Prashant Verma from India (DAISY Consortium) and
Mr Deena Moodley from DAISY South Africa. The training was presented over a
4 day period and the following persons participated:
Mr Christo de Klerk (Chairperson of the Braille Committee);
Mr Philip Jordaan (Braille Services Manager);
Ms Susan van Wyk (Braille Technical Advisor);
Ms Ntungu Muguru (Datatypist);
Ms Michelle Louw (Datatypist); and
Mr Fanias Malele (Blind SA driver, with experience in computers and IT).
It is my pleasure to say that we have all passed the training course of
DAISY with flying colours. At the end of the 4 days, we were all presented
with a certificate by our CEO, Mr Jace Nair. Mr Nair thanked and
congratulated all of us for completing the course.
Some of you might be wondering what DAISY is? Well, let me explain in short
what DAISY is and the new dimension it will bring to Blind SA's services:
DAISY is a Better Way to Read! The Digital Accessible Information System
(DAISY) is an approach to reading that is recognised worldwide as an ideal
approach to making information available to persons with disabilities.
DAISY is a multimedia standard that enables content creators (that is us!)
to use technology to its greatest advantage making DAISY content
accessible for all people and in all languages.
The vision of the DAISY Consortium is that all published information must be
available to people with print disabilities, at the same time and at no
greater cost, and in an accessible feature-rich navigational format. A DAISY
book can thus be converted into various types of documents, namely: MP3,
EPUB, large print, braille, etc.
At Blind SA we do not want to replace hard copy braille at all, but as
technology is improving by the day we must familiarise ourselves with new
technologies to assist the visually impaired.
We take great pride in our first DAISY book, the June edition of the
Braillorette magazine that was recently produced. We have received positive
feedback from all the people that read it even from the US readers were
impressed by the layout and accessibility of the work produced!
I would like to thank Blind SA on behalf of the employees who did the
training for giving us the opportunity to participate in the DAISY training.
We look forward to expanding our skills to include DAISY by creating
accessible material for the visually impaired and we are all very excited
and enthusiastic about its future in Blind SA!
First secret vote
for Olga Morobane
Below another story of a blind person helped by one of our stunning O&M
instructors on the road to independence and empowerment ED.
Olga Morobane is a young blind lady who lost her sight about 5 years ago due
to Sugar Diabetes. Olga is very active and energetic and is now working for
the EPW project at Tlhabane. Before undergoing mobility training, Olga
always travelled with a guide as she did not think she would ever be able to
travel independently. Getting a long cane has changed her perception
completely and she is now able to travel independently. Olga has registered
to vote for the 2016 local government elections and she is very excited
because of the fact that, for the first time in her life she will be able to
cast her vote secretly after being taught how to use the universal ballot
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE
ADVOCACY AND INFORMATION
COMMITTEE OF BLIND SA
The Committee was involved in numerous advocacy and information
dissemination initiatives during the 2015-2016 reporting period. Various
issues ranging from, accessible websites, accessible banking and access to
justice and the courts received attention. The Committee recognizes the
importance of building partnerships with other non-governmental
organisations, government departments and the private sector, and hence
collaborated and networked with the National Department of Justice and
Constitutional Development, the Department of Tele-Communications and Postal
Services, the Department of Social Development, the South African National
Council for the Blind, the Banking Association of South Africa, the South
African Bureau of Standards (SABS), the South African Disability Alliance
(SADA), Goldreef City, to mention but a few.
There were two meetings held by the Committee during the reporting period.
They were held on the 22nd of August 2015, and the 23rd of January 2016.
The Department of Public Works Forum
Blind SA had formed a partnership with the DPW and agreed to be part of the
Department of Public Works Advisory Forum. Mr Netshituni and Ms Donaldson
attended meetings of the Forum that were held. No meetings were held after
February 2015, however, a Memorandum of Understanding was entered into
between the DPW and Blind SA on issues surrounding employment.
Inter-sectoral Committee Task Team on Equal Access to Justice for Persons
Following the National Round Table for persons with disabilities held in
November 2014, an inter-sectoral committee task team was established in
July 2015. The objective of the inter-sectoral committee was to draft a
Best Practice Court Services Model to be applicable to court users and
victims with Disabilities.
Mr Ntshavheni Netshituni was asked to join the inter-sectoral committee on
behalf of Blind SA. Three meetings were held and were attended by Mr
Netshituni, namely, the 31st August, 29th October 2015 and the 31st March
A Draft of the Best Practice Court Services Model was compiled by the
Department of Justice with the inputs and assistance of the inter-sectoral
committee. The work of the task team to continue with converting the Draft
Model into Regulations and a Code of Good Practice is under way.
Distribution of the South African Constitution and Other Public Educational
Material in Braille
The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and other public education
material was converted into braille by the Department of Justice. The
Department distributed copies of the Constitution and public education
booklets to Blind SA and Blind SA distributed some to its members at its
General Assembly in September 2015.
2016 Local Elections
A Round Table was held by the Independent Electoral Commission in February
2016. Mr Netshituni and Miss Donaldson attended on behalf of Blind SA. Blind
SA is going to be in constant dialogue with the IEC and the SANCB on how to
roll out voter education to blind people across the country on how to use
the voting template. Mr Netshituni will be an observer at the local
The White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The WPRPD was launched and circulated by the Department of Social
Development at a Summit for Persons with Disabilities in March 2016. Blind
SA was represented by Mr Christo de Klerk and Mr Ntshavheni Netshituni at
ICT Forum of the Department of Tele-Communications and Postal Services
The ICT Forum was established in May 2015. One of its 4 chambers is the
chamber for persons with disabilities. The Minister appointed Dr Sukhraj-Ely
to be the Chair of the Chamber. Issues involving technology and its impact
on the lives of persons with disabilities are discussed and investigated.
The Chamber consists of a working group which consists of 5 sub-committees.
Miss Donaldson, Mr de Klerk and Mr Kruger are active members in the ICT
Disability Chamber and its Working Group and sub-committees. The Chamber has
met 3 times during the reporting period and has done work in diverse areas
including but not limited to education, audio description, consumer
protection, accessibility of websites and 0 vat rating for assistive devices
for persons with disabilities.
Meeting with the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)
A sub-committee consisting of Miss Donaldson, Mr Netshituni, Mr de Klerk and
Mr Kruger was formed to discuss issues impacting blind people with ACSA.
Some of these issues included, having a database of guide dogs, training and
sensitization of ACSA officials etc.
Chairperson: Dr. Praveena Sukhraj-Ely
NEWS FROM BLIND SA PENINSULA
AGM: our AGM took place on the 28th of May at our usual spot in Kraaifontein
and was attended by about 30 members. All were treated to delicious banana
loaf and coffee before the meeting and delicious soup and hot dogs prepared
by Veronica Vosloo afterwards. The meeting itself was very lively and a lot
of new ideas for the future were discussed. The following people were
elected to serve on the committee for the next term of office:
Chair: André Vosloo
Vice Chair: Louis van der Sandt
Secretary: Matthys Odendaal
Treasurer: Kuanita van der Sandt
Careers Officer: Veronica Vosloo
Additional members: Sandra Dreyer and Debbie Otto.
PERSONAL PROTECTION TRAINING:
At our AGM, members asked whether it would be possible for Peninsula to
organise a workshop in personal protection and avoidance techniques as a lot
of our members have fallen victim to crime. On the 10th of September Gordon
Cooper, President of the Phoenix Foundation and well-known author and safety
instructor, will be presenting a workshop on personal safety. Each attendant
will also receive a can of tear spray and be taught how to use it properly.
After the workshop we will be treated to briyani as prepared by Veronica and
there will be some time for socialising. We hope that our members will find
the workshop of value and enjoy the function.
As we grow older, and hence wiser, we slowly realize that wearing a R600 or
R60.00 watch, they both tell the same time ...
Whether we carry a R600 or R60.00 wallet/handbag, the amount of money inside
is the same;
Whether we drink a bottle of R600 or R60.00 wine, the effect is the same;
Whether the house we live in is 60 or 600 sq.m. the loneliness is the same.
Hopefully, one day you will realize, your true inner happiness does not come
from the material things of this world.
Whether you fly first or economy class, if the plane goes down, you go down
with it ...
Therefore ... I hope you realize, when you have mates, buddies and old
friends, brothers and sisters, who you chat with, laugh with, talk with,
have sing songs with, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven & earth,
... That is true happiness!!
Five Undeniable Facts of Life:
1. Don't educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be Happy. So when
they grow up they will know the value of things not the price.
2. Best awarded words in London ... Eat your food as your medicines.
Otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food".
3. The one who loves you will never leave you because even if there are 100
reasons to give up they will find one reason to hold on.
4. There is a big difference between a human being and being human. Only a
few really understand it.
5. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In
between, you have to manage ...!
If you just want to Walk Fast, Walk Alone ...! But if you want to Walk Far,
Walk Together ...!!
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5. Self Confidence &
Maintain them in all stages of Life and enjoy a healthy life.