The KwaZulu Natal Blind and Deaf Society (KZNBDS) launched their annual Talk Sign Campaign at The Pavilion Hotel with a breakfast ceremony on Friday, 25 January.

Learners from the Fulton School for the Deaf signed songs for the audience and speakers shone a light on the importance of integrating sign language into society.

KZNBDS public relations officer, Denika Pillay said that even if the community learns a few basic signs, it can go a long way to helping the deaf and brightening their lives. “Help support this campaign so that we can make sign language South Africa’s 12th official language,” added Pillay.

Mime artists and Fulton School graduate, Sibo Masando said that learning to socialise with people had helped him to get a job. Masando works at uShaka Marine World, said it was his dream to perform since he was a young child. Ashok Sewnarain, CEO of International Bank Vaults said he had pledged R100 000 toward the Talk Sign Campaign. “It’s not a healthy lifestyle for those who can’t communicate
with others. It is our duty totake care of and support those who are challenged,” said Sewnarain.

The campaign encourages the community to get involved by wearing their Talk Sign sticker on Talk Sign Day, 8 March. Stickers cost R10 and can be purchased from Denika Pillay. For more information, contact Denika Pillay on 031 309 4991 or email