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Big day dawns for blind students

23 January 2014
Zandile Mbabela

THREE months ago, their hopes of attending the university of their dreams were dashed when they were rejected for being completely blind.

But yesterday, an excited Lubabalo Sapepa and Yanelisa Gininda, both 21, arrived in Port Elizabeth from Mthatha to prepare for their studies at theNelson Mandela Metro- politan University.

A third blind student, Avukile Jeke, 21, is expected to arrive in the city today.

They all passed matric at the Efata School for the Blind in Mthatha last year.

The students, who were “gutted” when initially told they would not be considered for placement, arrived early to sort out their financial aid before first-year registration kicks off on Monday.

Although excited, they were nervous about studying at an institution that had, at first, turned them away, citing a lack of resources.

However the university said it had since obtained the necessary equipment to accommodate the blind students and would tap into the expertise of organisations working with the visually impaired.

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NEW CHALLENGES: Ncebakazi Siziba, left, and Yanelisa Gininda are among the four blind Mthatha students accepted to start their studies at NMMU this year. Picture: SAM MAJELA
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