The Organisation

The Johannesburg Society for the Blind (JSB) is a non-profit organization that depends on donor funding to cater to the needs of blind and partially sighted persons regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or religious affiliation.

JSB was founded in 1926 to help civilians who were blinded during World War One, by providing them with accommodation, employment, rehabilitation, and skills of daily living, orientation and mobility. Over the years, the organization has strengthened its mandate by focusing more on building capacity among the visually impaired so that they may also play a role in the development of South Africa.

To facilitate checks and balances the organization is run by a Board of Directors Chaired by Dr. Steve Kekana, and a Management Committee.

The Management Team

Social Worker Ms. Sibongile Ntuli

COO Mr. Nkosana Kubheka

CEO Ms. Vangile Nyamathe

Board of Directors

Tribute to a fallen Giant Steve Tebogo Kekana [1958-2021]

Steve was born in ZebedielaTransvaal. He lost his sight at the age of five, and attended a school for the blind in Pietersburg. During his school years, he developed a love for singing, and became a member of amateur groups during his teenage years.

In 1979 and 1980, Steve won what was then known as, the SABC Black Music Award for best male vocalist. Steve’s Raising My Family was a big hit in Europe in 1980. In total, Steve had recorded more than forty albums. His songs “The Bushman” and “Feel So Strong” (featuring Hotline) were hits on the Springbok Radio Chart (the semi-official South African chart of the time) reaching number 13 and number 6 in 1982 and 1983 respectively.

He worked with the likes of Ray Phiri, Nana Coyote, Joe Nina and Hotline featuring PJ Thandeka Powers.

For the past 11 years, you were the pillar for JOHANNESBURG SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND, our Chairman and father.

You were our LEADER, CONFIDANT, MENTOR and a true light in a dark tunnel.

You guided us, managed us and took us to new heights. You taught us that being blind should not be an obstacle to success but a motivation and inspiration. Steve was a university graduate with B Juris and LLB degrees. He was an Advocate and a lecturer in Labour Law at the University of South Africa.

You left imprints in our hearts that will remain forever.

You steered this boat through rough and calm seas. You taught us to be productive despite many pressures and challenges. You taught us how to remain calm, respect and to have passion, even when we were hurt or under fire.

You taught us to never lie down, but to stand our ground when we were right and to never lose momentum when faced with challenges and attacks, but to face it head on.

Your seat may be empty, your voice may be quiet BUT in our hearts you will always be remembered as a GIANT LEADER.

We will miss your passion and guidance.

Your qualifications and achievements should be a motivation for many people, sighted or visually impaired.

 

Written by HENNIE ELS for and on behalf of MANAGEMENT and RESIDENTS

JOHANNESBURG SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND

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