The KwaZulu-Natal Blind and Deaf Society was established in 1936
...their purpose, providing services and opportunities that ultimately improve the quality of life of Blind and Partially-Sighted people. During the 1960s we extended our services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.
The Society currently reaches the poor, unemployed African people living in rural areas who do not have the finances or ability to receive services. The greatest challenge that the Society faces, is how to improve these unfortunate individuals quality of life. The sad situation is that these almost forgotten people are not only deprived, but also disabled, which leaves them feeling very inadequate and incapable, and the sad fact is that most of them receive no external assistance.
To be the premier provider of services and opportunities that ultimately improve the quality of life of Blind, Deaf, Deafblind persons.
Our Mission statement is to ensure that all Blind, Partially-Sighted, Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deafblind people are integrated into the community, as members who contribute and benefit from society alongside their able- bodied counterparts who do not have these disabilities.
Arthur Blaxall School For The Blind
The school was established in 1954, and is currently situated in Pietermaritzburg, educating Partially Sighted and Blind learners.
V N Naik School For The Deaf
Established in 1983, the school is located in Inanda (Outer Durban), educating Hard of Hearing and Deaf learners and hosting children in the school's boarding establishment.
KwaZulu-Natal Blind & Deaf Society Board Members
Mr. Vinesh Gokool
Diploma in Business Management and Masters of Administration Degree. He is currently the Managing Director for Atlas Printers, Dynamic Digital Print, Atlas Calenders and Diaries and Atlas Packaging.
Mr. Ajit Valjee
Mr Ajit Valjee is the managing director of JMV Textilescialist.
Mr. Raven Harkoo
Bachelor of Law of Degree. Long standing attorney in KwaZulu-Natal and Litigation and Labour Specialist.
Mrs A Ramsumer (Treasurer)
Anita Ramsumer is a chartered accountant, with 13 years in the NGO sector.
Mrs A Sewkuran
Diploma in Cost and Management Accounting, A certificate in Adult Education and Training and a BCOM Law Degree.
Advocate Ramesh Ramdass
Bachelor of Paedagogics, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Master of Medicine, Diploma in Family Medicine and Certificate in Medical Law. Currently practices as an Advocate, American Board of Independent Medical Examiner and is a member of the Bar Council.
Mrs Anuradha Kallideen
Bachelor of Law of Degree. Currently serving as an attorney in the Private Sector. Sits on the Rental Housing Tribunal.
Mrs Anoosha Hanuman
Diploma in Library and information Technology and Diploma in Education.