The Kwazulu-Natal Society for the Blind (KZNSB), which was established in 1919, has, over the years, evolved into a dynamic organization that offers a multi-disciplinary approach to human rights related services for blind and partially-sighted persons in KwaZulu-Natal. The Organisation, which is situated near the city centre of Durban, prides itself on successful service delivery, focusing on the following:
For the past 98 years, the KZNSB has provided rehabilitation services to visually impaired persons in KwaZulu-Natal. In addition, it has endeavoured to influence the Kwazulu-Natal provincial government to introduce programs that aim to enhance the provision of services for blind and partially sighted persons. In recognition of its sterling, historic contribution, the KZNSB received wide commendation and recognition, notably the following:
While functioning within the current legal and social framework in South Africa, and having a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) rating Level 2 status, the mandate and scope of the Society is provided for in its Memorandum of Incorporation (MoI). Moreover, guided by its motto: “Unlocking an Inclusive Society for Blind and Partially Sighted People of KwaZulu-Natal “, the KZNSB developed a comprehensive strategic plan that includes specific programmatic objectives and outcomes. However, the challenges of a rapidly changing environment in South Africa necessitated a review of its vision, mission and objectives, and consequently, the review and revision of its strategic plan.
As an important tool, the revised strategic plan 2020 – 2025 would guide the KZNSB not only in promoting its strategic objectives, but would also ensure the sustainability of the organisation to reach its bicentenary and beyond.
KZN-SB has a broad institutional mandate for programming and operationalization. The organisation endeavours to promote blindness and cross disability interventions throughout KwaZulu-Natal. It operates under the motto: “Unlocking an Inclusive Society for Blind and Partially Sighted People of KwaZulu-Natal Province.”
The mandate of the organisation is well stipulated in its Memorandum of Incorporation (MoI), the current legal and social contexts in South Africa and mainly KwaZulu-Natal. The MOI sets the following as the mandate of the organisation: