Byline: Refeloe Letsoisa

18 November 2022

People with vision impairment proof that they can live independently with their sighted peers when Khuthala association for the blind hosts a white cane day fun walk in eMbalenhle from House of Praise Church, White City to Emba Mall and back to the church on Thursday, 27 October 2022.

Betty Mahlangu, chairperson of the Khuthala Association with the help of Mrs Joanah Moloi managed to gather people with vision impairment to celebrate world’s sight month.

The aim of the occasion was to raise awareness of blindness, visual impairments, and
strategies for both of their prevention.

“People who are blind should be acknowledged because we are human beings as well,” said Mahlangu.
She further stated that the month of October means a lot the blind people as they are given the opportunity to celebrate their disability.

Mrs Moloi, teacher at Khuthala association for the blind emphasized how important it that blind people are acknowledged because they might be living a normal life as sighted people but it is difficult for them to do everything on their own.
Mrs Moloi also requested that if there are any blind people around the community kept at home, they should the association.
“The more you lock them inside the house and teach them nothing, the more they get mentally damaged,” said Moloi.

She further explained how blind people use their cooking and money canes.

“These people are smarter than we think,” shared the passionate teacher.

The association along with the community members being blindfolded went out and had a fun walk around eMbalenhle proving that blind people can go to different places using their white cane.

“I often take my daughter to school,” said one of the blind people.

Stakeholders from different departments were invited to share how they help the association along with people who suffer from this disability.

One of the community members who were blindfolded during the walk explained how it felt and how difficult it is to walk around eMbalenhle where motorists are impatient.

“Let us take care of our blind people and not look down on them because they try so hard to put smiles on their faces every day,” said Miriam Skhosana.

Khuthala association for the blind aims on helping more community members with the same disability as they believe that it is not healthy for such people to be locked inside houses doing nothing.