Our Proud Heritage

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1881 - Establishment Institute for the Deaf and Blind.

Establishment Institute for the Deaf and Blind 1881

1905 - Two separate schools : School for the Deaf and School for the Blind.

Two separate schools : School for the Deaf and School for the Blind

1933 - Production Units for the Blind launched.

Production Units for the Blind launched 1933

1977 - Brevis Home for the elderly established.

Brevis Home for the elderly established 1977.
1991 - Institute for the Blind receives separate constitution to Institute for the Deaf. Rev AD Lückhoff nominated as first chairman of Governing Board for separate Institute for the Blind.

1992 -Production Units renamed to Worcester Industries.

Production Units renamed to Worcester Industries 1992

1995 - Appointment of first Executive Head : Dr Johan van der Poel.

1995 - Appointment of first Executive Head : Dr Johan van der Poel.

1996 - Dr Petrus Botes appointed as head of Pioneer School. SA School Act : Pioneer School autonomous with own Governing Board.

Dr Petrus Botes appointed as head of Pioneer School. SA School Act : Pioneer School autonomous with own Governing Board.

2003 - Institute for the Blind registered as programme of Badisa. Mr JAC (Freddie) Botha appointed as second Institute for the Blind Executive Head.

Institute for the Blind registered as programme of Badisa. Mr JAC (Freddie) Botha appointed as second Institute for the Blind Executive Head 2003
2005 - Institute for the Blind Governing Board expands : four members included as employee representatives.

2011 - Information Centre launched.

Information Centre launched

2015 - Establishment of first cooperative (weaving) in Industries Production Units.

Establishment of first cooperative (weaving) in Industries Production Units 2015

2018 - Launch of Innovation for the Blind