South African Library for the Blind

Contact Details

Physical: 112B High Street, Eastern Cape, Grahamstown, 6139
Postal: PO Box 115, Grahamstown, 6140
Tel: 046 622 7226
Fax: 046 622 4645


The South African Library for the Blind renders a library and information service to blind and visually impaired people through the production of accessible South African reading material in the development of a comprehensive library collection and rendering of advisory services to promote access to information.

The Library's mandate is to: provide a free library and information service that is responsible to the needs of the blind and the print-handicapped user; build up a balance and appropriate collection of South African and other documents, and make them accessible for the use of blind and print-handicapped readers; produce documents in special mediums such as Braille and audio formats for use by its readers; develop standards for the production of such documents; research production methods and technology in the appropriate fields; and acquire and disseminate the technology required by blind and print-handicapped people to read.

Office Bearers/Management

Dr W Rowland
Chief Executive Officer
Mr F Hendrikz

Dr WP Rowland
Deputy Chairperson:
Ms LS Nkosi
Board Members:
Mr Z Ally
Adv TS Kekana
Ms JS Matsebula
Mr JG Nair
Ms VG Nyamathe
Mrs NN Rasmeni
Mr MS Watermeyer
Chief Executive Officer:
Mr Francois Hendrikz
Chief Financial Officer:
Yasheen Ramcharan
Senior Management:
Mr Neels de Lange (Head: Human Resources)
Ms Pumla Mahanjana (Senior Manager: Production and Standards Department)
Ms Linda Ngaleka (Senior Manager: Library Information Services)
Communications Officers:
Ms Natasha Agnew

Financial Information

All Financial Values: R'0002015/162014/152013/142012/13
AUDIT OUTCOMEFinancially UnqualifiedFinancially UnqualifiedFinancially UnqualifiedFinancially Unqualified
Current Assets27 06627 42225 23023 598
Non-Current Assets2 4621 5421 1601 463
Total Assets29 52828 96426 39025 061
Current Liabilities2 2701 9121 3481 246
Non-Current Liabilities8 6517 8578 8426 999
Total Liabilities10 9219 76910 1908 245
Total Net Assets18 60719 19516 20016 826
Total Revenue26 52724 47120 19020 082
Revenue from Exchange Transactions8 4566 9993 151-
Revenue from Non-Exchange Transactions18 07117 47217 03920 082
Total Expenditure(26 527)(21 715)(20 806)(16 677)
Employee Costs(13 694)(12 064)(10 756)(9 726)
Surplus/(Deficit) for Year-2 756(616)3 405
Net Cash Flows from Operating Activities6984 4032333 306
Net Cash Flows from Investing Activities(1 589)(710)(183)(87)
Cash & Cash Equivalents at End of Year26 73427 16425 02423 379
Unauthorised Expenditure----
Irregular Expenditure971---
Fruitless & Wasteful Expenditure4---
Posts Approved494951n/a
Posts Filled474142n/a
SourcesAnnual ReportAnnual ReportAnnual Report n/a

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