This year, NID’s “Run for the Deaf” projects kicked off with the fourth Red vs Blue run which took place on 14 March 2019. This 5km fun run that was held for the first time in 2016, is already highly popular and is unlike any other: The winners are not those who finish first, but are determined by whether male (Blue) or female (Red) participants finish in the majority! The ladies were crowned as the champs this year!

On 20 April 25 athletes took part in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon in support of the NID Run for the Deaf Campaign and raised R 49 447 to the benefit of the Deaf and persons with hearing loss at NID. 

From 02 – 17 April 2019 a group of 17 athletes participated in the 9th NID Marathon Tour to Europe. They ran various races to raise awareness and financial support for elderly- and multiple-disabled Deaf adults at NID and raised a total amount of R 52 500. 

The NID Dusk & Dawn Trail Run will take place again on 25 and 26 October 2019.

For more information on any of these projects or to make a contribution, contact:



NID se “Hardloop vir Dowes” projekte het vanjaar op ‘n hoogtepunt afgeskop met die vierde Rooi vs Blou wedloop wat op 14 Maart plaasgevind het. Dié 5km wedloop wat in 2016 die eerste keer aangebied is is reeds baie gewild en is anders as enige ander een: Die wenner(s) is nie wie eerste is nie, maar wie van mans of vroue die meeste is wat die wedloop voltooi! Die vroue is vanjaar gekroon as wenners en het die trofee verower!

Op 20 April het 25 atlete deelgeneem aan die Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon en altesaam R 49 447 ingesamel ten bate van Dowes en persone met gehoorverlies by NID.

Vanaf 02 – 17 April het 17 atlete ook deelgeneem aan die 9de NID Marathontoer na Europa waar hulle aan verskeie wedlope deelgeneem het en altesaam R 52 500 ingesamel het ten bate van bejaarde en meervoudig-gestremde Dowes by NID. 

Nog ‘n knoop in die oor om te maak is die NID Dusk & Dawn Trail Run wat weer vanjaar plaasvind op 25 en 26 Oktober 2019.  

Vir meer inligting oor enige van hierdie projekte of om ‘n bydrae te maak, kontak


Pledge your birthday, nominate NID as beneficiary and request your family and friends to rather give a “gift” in support of NID, in celebration of your special day and in celebration of our 138th year of helping the Deaf and people with hearing loss.

We once received a donation from a new friend of the Deaf on request of one of her friends who celebrated his birthday. He had told his family and friends that he had received enough gifts and blessings over the years, and that the money they would have spent on him for a birthday gift, should rather go to a worthy cause. Special gestures like these are one of the ways that has made it possible for NID to make a difference in the lives of the Deaf and persons with hearing loss for the last 138 years.

Please consider following this example and doing the same. Pledge your birthday, nominate NID as beneficiary and request your family and friends to give a “gift” in support of our good cause and in celebration of our 138th year of helping the Deaf and people with hearing loss.

To pledge your birthday, email


Schools Project – pledge a fundraising project of your choice in support of NID.

The NID Schools Project involves schools taking on a fundraising project of their choice in support of NID. Projects may vary from a social day, coin laying, hosting a dance or anything easy that could easily slot into the school’s annual programme.

Schools can also get involved in the NID Change for Change project. The project involves the filling of small Change 4 Change money boxes with all the small and annoying change, which fill our wallets.

This project is however not limited to school participation. Colleges, universities, service organisations or any type of group can also get involved and donate the funds collected from their project to NID as a special gift.

For more information, contact



NID is tans besig met ‘n totale herstruktureringsproses ten einde te verseker dat dienste aan Dowes en persone met gehoorverlies, wat reeds vir 136 jaar gelewer word, voortgesit, verbeter en uitgebrei kan word.

Dit vereis beplanning vir die volgende vyf jaar en daarna, en om in hierdie ekonomiese tye dienste meer effektief maar ook koste-effektief te kan lewer. In hierdie dienslewering speel al NID se vennote, van individue, kerke, gemeentes, besighede, organisasies en maatskappye ‘n baie belangrike rol. Sonder vriende en betrokke vennote is hierdie werk nie moontlik nie.

NID moes ernstig besin of dit ekonomies volhoubaar is om twee klein ouetehuise te bedryf in plaas van ‘n enkele groter een, en gevolglik gaan die Rusoord afdeling, wat geleë is in Bellville, se inwoners verskuif word na ons Shalom fasiliteit by NID. Hierdie verskuiwing sal vanaf 1 April plaasvind. Sodoende word sekere risikos uitgeskakel en beter dienslewering aan Dowes verseker.
So gaan die opleiding van Dowe leraars voort op kampus in noue samewerking met NID en die Worcester De la Bat Gemeente vir Dowes, maar gaan die bestuur en akkreditasie voortaan onder Hugenote Kollege, wat spesialiseer in opleiding van geestelike werkers, resorteer.

NID bedank hiermee elkeen wat op verskillende maniere en wyses betrokke was en is vir die moontlik maak van die werk deur NID. Ons nooi ook elkeen wat betrokke kan en wil wees om ons te kontak. Helen Keller het tereg gesê “together we can do so much more”.


NID is currently in the process of restructuring in order to ensure that services to the Deaf and persons with hearing loss, which have been offered for more than 136 years, can be continued, improved and expanded.

It requires planning for the next five years and onwards, and making it possible to render services more effectively but also cost-effectively within the reigning economic circumstances.  In the delivery of these services, all of NID’s partners – individuals, churches, congregations, businesses, organisations and companies, play a very important part.  Without friends and engaged partners, this work would not be possible.

NID had to seriously consider the economic sustainability of operating two smaller old age homes instead of a single, bigger one, and therefore the residents of the Rusoord unit in Bellville will be relocated to our Shalom facility at the NID campus starting 1 April 2017.  By doing so, certain risks are being eliminated and the rendering of services to the Deaf ensured.

Furthermore, the training of Deaf ministers will continue on campus in close conjunction with NID and the De la Bat Congregation for the Deaf, but in future the management and accreditation thereof will be resorting under the Huguenot College, which specialises in the training of ministry.

NID thanks each and every person that has been, and still is involved, by whatever means or manner, for making the work of NID possible.  We also invite anyone who can or want to be involved to contact us.  Helen Keller rightly stated:  “together we can do so much more”.

NID Sign Superstars


The National Institute for the Deaf hosted a very successful Gala Event of NID Sign Superstars!

The National Institute for the Deaf (NID)’s department for Integrated Support Services (ISS) launched an exciting, nationwide competition called NID Sign Superstars in September 2016. The aim of this competition is to promote South African Sign Language – to show its diversity, its vibrancy and its beauty.

Similar to the popular Idols competitions, contestants competed to determine who the first ever NID Sign Superstar for 2017 will be. This competition was open to any SASL user older than 18 years. The video entries – featuring a variety of genres such as poetry, music, comedy, and storytelling (2 – 5 minutes) – focus on SASL and showcase the language’s beauty and creativity.

The top 50 entries were selected by a panel of experts from NID. These videos were posted on social media and NID’s website for the public to vote for the top 20, top 10 and the final top 5 participants.

The top 5 participants went through to the finale – a gala event where a panel of external judges (all SASL experts) determined SA’s NID Sign Superstar for 2017.

Anell and Enrikus Koekemoer walked away with the R 15 000 cash prize and the title of NID Sign Superstar 2017. 

Herewith the other winners:

  • 2nd winner: R 10 000 – Coreza Buys, Leana van Rensburg and Dellavon Laubscher
  • 3rd winner: R    5 000 – Shaun-Lee Jonas
  • 4th winner: R    2 000 – Elzane van den Bergh
  • 5th winner: R    1 000 – Vanessa Reyneke

Even the public won a few cash prizes for voting for their favourite:

  • 1st voting winner: R 10 000 – Anel le Roux
  • 2nd voting winner: R  5 000 – Jos van Zyl
  • 3rd voting winner: R  3 000 – Trudie Jones

NID Sign Superstars’ 2017 DVDs is available to purchase at R 100 each. Order can be placed at

We believe that promoting SASL in this way will advance the fight and gain support to get SASL recognised as the 12th official language of South Africa.


For more information or any enquiries:

facebook @nidsignsuperstars

telephone 023 342 5555