From 19 September to 03 October 2018, 26 dedicated runners with compassionate hearts from Cape Town took part in a marathon tour through the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Poland.

This year’s tour was the eighth one since 2012 and is an annual NID fundraising initiative. The group managed to raise R 100 000 to the benefit of Deaf adults with multiple disabilities as well as elderly Deaf at NID, as well as R 40 000 for the Gawie de la Bat Nursery School.

In April 2019 14 athletes will take part in the 9th NID Marathon Tour to Europe. They will compete in various races whilst raising awareness and funds to the benefit of Deaf adults with multiple disabilities as well as elderly Deaf at NID. To support this initiative, visit 



20 April               NID Run for the Deaf – Two Oceans Half Marathon

24 – 28 June      NID Offices closed

23 / 24 August    NID Cycle Telethon

04 September     NID Annual General Meeting

06 September     Casual Day

13 December      NID close

For more information on any of these events, please contact

Press Release – Incident 09 October 2018

The National Institute for the Deaf (NID) can confirm that a case of homicide and suicide are currently being investigated, after an incident on Tuesday morning at the ladies hostel of their training unit. The residence was locked at the time according to standard safety procedures. In the early hours of the morning, a man (23) allegedly gained access to the building by breaking the window of the hostel’s relaxation room. He then proceeded to a female student’s room. He took the woman’s life (21) by stabbing her multiple times and then took his own life. He also posed as an immediate threat to the five other women in the room.

The man was also a student at NID Training, but recently left the campus after disciplinary procedures. He was allegedly visiting a friend in Worcester for the weekend. The motive for the murder is still unknown, but it appears to be about their relationship which recently ended.

Both of their families have been notified. Staff and students at NID Training are in the process of receiving trauma counselling. The NID campus community is shocked by the incident and our sincere condolences with the family and friends of the two people who lost their lives.

For more information, contact Mr Cobus van Deventer on 023 342 5555 or email to


Die Nasionale Instituut vir Dowes (NID) kan bevestig dat ‘n saak van moord en selfmoord tans deur die polisie ondersoek word, na ‘n insident op Dinsdagoggend, 09 Oktober 2018 by hul opleidingseenheid se dameskoshuis. Die koshuis was volgens normale veiligheidsprosedures gesluit. Na bewering het ‘n man (23) in die vroeë oggendure toegang tot die gebou verkry deur die venster van die dameskoshuis se ontspanningslokaal te breek en so toegang tot ‘n damesstudent se kamer verkry. Hy het die meisie (21) se lewe geneem deur haar verskeie meswonde toe te dien en daarna ook sy eie lewe geneem. Hy was ook ‘n bedreiging vir die vyf ander dames in die kamer.

Die man was ‘n student by NID Opleiding, maar het onlangs die kampus verlaat na dissiplinêre prosesse wat gevolg is. Hy het na bewering die naweek by ‘n vriend in Worcester kom kuier. Die motief vir die moord is nog onbekend, maar spruit skynbaar oor hul verhouding wat verbreek is.

Beide se ouers is reeds in kennis gestel en personeel en mede-studente by die opleidingseenheid ontvang reeds traumaberading. Ons NID kampusgemeenskap is geskok deur die insident en ons harte gaan uit na die familie en vriende van die twee persone wat hul lewens verloor het.

Vir enige navrae, kontak Mnr Cobus van Deventer by 023 342 5555 of e-pos na


On Friday 31 August and Saturday 01 September NID held our annual Cycle Telethon fundraising project in the Mountain Mill Shopping Centre, Worcester.

The project involves 4 teams of 9 Deaf cyclists each cycling for 24 hours from Friday 14:00 to Saturday 14:00 on exercise bicycles in the shopping centre. The teams compete against each other to cycle the furthest distance in the 24 hours. During the cycling we have a phoning program where tele-marketers (mostly staff with a few volunteers) phone donors, partners and friends and ask them to pledge a contribution towards the project. Previous donors are challenged on their previous gifts or to better the pledge and new donors (who are challenged by existing donors/pledgers) are asked to become involved through a contribution.

The aim of the project is to raise funds for multiple-disabled Deaf adults at NID and secondly to create awareness of NID and what we do for the Deaf and persons with hearing loss through our various departments.

This year the team from De la Bat School for the Deaf was crowned the winners. The total amount of R 200 000 has been pledged and received thus far.

You can still help make a difference: SMS / WhatsApp your donation pledge to 082 947 8846 or email to for more information.

Press Release – Boetman hostel fire damage

On 21 May 2018 the Boetman hostel of De la Bat School, Worcester suffered severe fire damage. Fortunately, no children or staff were harmed, but all their belongings were lost in the fire. The hostel is situated on the campus of the National Institute for the Deaf and was home to 17 Deaf boys between the ages of 6 and 10 years. The cause of the fire is still unknown and the report from the fire brigade is pending.

The National Institute for the Deaf wishes to express its deepest gratitude to the local and broader community. On Monday evening the community response ensured that we could provide the boys with warm clothes and linen. After a good night’s rest, lunchboxes filled with goodies could be provided. Thank you to all the individuals, families, organisations and businesses that supported us and continue to do so.

If you wish to make a financial contribution towards the full restoration of damages, please follow the donate link. The NID, together with the School, will monitor the situation and allocate funds where the needs are most dire.The boys are traumatised and have lost their home away from home, but with your support we can restore their Boetman.

For any enquiries, contact Mr Cobus van Deventer on 023 342 5555 or email to

Bank details:                                                                                                                                            National Institute for the Deaf, Absa Bank, Acc number:  911 845 2209, Branch: 503 107, Ref: Boetman (name and surname)


Op Maandag 21 Mei 2018 het ‘n gebou van die Nasionale Instituut vir Dowes, die Boetman koshuis van De la Bat skool, ernstige brandskade opgedoen. Geen kinders of personeel is beseer nie, maar al hul besittings is in die vuur vernietig. Die koshuis is op die kampus van die NID geleë en was die tuiste van 17 Dowe seuns tussen die ouderdomme van 6 en 10 jaar. Die oorsaak van die brand is nog onbekend en die verslag van die brandweer word afgewag.

Die Nasionale Instituut vir Dowes spreek hul groot dank en waardering uit teenoor die plaaslike en breër gemeenskap. Maandagaand het die gemeenskap se reaksie verseker dat ons die seuns met warm klere en beddegoed kon voorsien. Na ‘n goeie nagrus was daar kosblikke gevul met lekkernye. Baie dankie aan al die individue, gesinne, organisasies en besighede wat ons ondersteun het en voortgaan om dit te doen.

Indien u ‘n finansiële bydrae wil maak tot die volle herstel van die skade, volg asseblief die onderstaande skakel. Die NID sal saam met die Skool die situasie monitor en fondse toeken waar die behoeftes die grootste is. Die seuns is getraumatiseer en het hul tweede huis verloor, maar met u ondersteuning kan ons hul Boetman-tuiste herstel.

Vir enige navrae, kontak Mnr Cobus van Deventer by 023 342 5555 of e-pos na

Bankbesonderhede                                                                                                                                        Nasionale Instituut vir Dowes, Absa Bank, Rek nommer:  911 845 2209, Takkode: 503 107, Verw: Boetman (naam en van)