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 se “Hardloop vir Dowes” projekte het vanjaar weer met ‘n hoogtepunt afgeskop met die tweede Rooi vs Blou wedloop wat op 29 Maart plaasgevind het. Dié 6km 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 mans het vanjaar die dames gewys waar Dawid die wortels gegrawe het en is as wenners gekroon. Die opbrengs van die wedloop word aangewend vir die opleiding van Dowe leraars by NID.

Op 15 April sal 50 atlete ook weer vanjaar deelneem aan die Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon ten bate van NID. Die merkwaardige fondsinsameling-pogings van hierdie atlete dra jaarliks R 100 000 + by tot die dienste aan Dowes by NID.

Nog ‘n knoop in die oor om te maak is die NID Night Trail Run wat weer vanjaar plaasvind op 10 en 11 November 2017.

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


This year, NID’s “Run for the Deaf” projects have kicked off with a bang starting with the second Red vs Blue run that took place on 29 March. This 6km 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!  This year, the gents kicked sand in the face of the ladies and were crowned as champs. The proceeds of the run will go towards Deaf Ministry Training at NID.

On 15 April 50 athletes will once again take part in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon to the benefit of NID. The remarkable efforts in fundraising from these athletes annually contribute R100 000 + towards services to the Deaf at NID.

An upcoming event date to save is 10 & 11 November 2017, when the NID Night Trail Run takes place again.

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



Take on dusk and dawn with this exciting running challenge benefiting persons with hearing loss.

Dusk: Race starts at 19:30 Friday 10 November 2017. Choose between 12, 8 and 4 km.

Dawn: Race starts at 05:30 Saturday 11 November 2017. Choose between 22, 12 and 8 km.

Entry fees:
22km = R 220 / 12km = R 120 / 8km = R 80 / 4km = R 40

Donations to NID of R 250 or more get one FREE entry. If you enter both days, your cheapest entry will be half price.

All donations to NID are deductible from tax.

For more information and to enter, email

NID Sign Superstars


The National Institute for the Deaf has started an exciting competition called NID Sign Superstars. The aim of this competition is to promote South African Sign Language – to show its diversity, its vibrancy and its beauty.

As an introduction: It works on the basis of the popular Idols competition and is open to D/deaf persons, persons with hearing loss and hearing persons older than 18 years. Participants entered by filling in an entry form and submitting a video (2 – 5 minutes) where they sign in SASL. They could choose from a variety of genres – poetry, songs, jokes/comedy, storytelling etc.

A panel of experts from NID was responsible for selecting the best 50 entries. The top 50 videos were posted on Facebook (@nidsignsuperstars) until 20 February 2017 so that the public could vote for the top 20 participants. Thereafter the voting rounds continue as follow:

Top 20 announced on 21 February 2017 – Public votes for top 10 until 13 March 2017.

Top 10 announced on 15 March 2017 – Public votes for top 5 until 29 March 2017.

The top 5 participants will then go through to the finale and perform live on 8 April 2017 at a gala event in Worcester where a panel of external judges (all SASL experts) will determine who SA’s Sign Superstar for 2017 will be.

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.

* Important: This is not a duplication of Zwakala, since the participants are not school learners, but have to be older than 18 years.


For more information or any enquiries:

facebook @nidsignsuperstars

telephone 023 342 5555



The RED vs BLUE Run is a race between the sexes – men vs women, boys vs girls.
But it’s not the fastest time that wins the ultimate prize. Strength is truly in numbers, with the group with the most finishers crowned the winner.
The concept originated in Porto, Portugal where a similar race takes place each year, namely “Corrida do Homen e da Mulher”.
This is not an event for runners only. Anyone can take part – young and old, cross-fitters to couch-potatoes.
Distance: 6 km
Date: Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Time: 18:00
Place: Golden Valley Casino, Worcester
PLEASE NOTE: Female participants must wear red and male participants must wear blue.
For more information and entries, contact Juanita on 023 342 5555 or


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

The 135 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.

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 135-year birthday gift.

For more information, contact