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Caffeine kick for #CapeTown #SocietyfortheBlind's #Cafe45. @CTSBvision

From left to right: Thulani Svelebal (student trainee), Samantha Williams (barista-practitioner at CTSB), Ian Pursch (District Governor for Rotary District 9350), Lizelle van Wyk (chief executive officer of CTSB) and Umar Samuels (student trainee). The team at the CTSB’s Café 45 were delighted with their new coffee machine, thanks to a generous contribution made by the Rotary Club of Newlands. The coffee machine will contribute towards the CTSB’s quest of equipping students in the hospitality industry to master their art.

CAPE TOWN. The Cape Town Society for the Blind’s (CTSB) quest to enhance the hospitality industry of the Mother City through the niche skills of blind waitrons and baristas received a timely boost thanks to the intervention of the international service organisation, Rotary.

Rotary Club of Newlands made a huge contribution towards the purchasing of a new coffee machine which will aid the CTSB’s quest of equipping students in the hospitality industry to master their art at Café 45 in Salt River and to serve one of the most popular drinks in that area – the so-called “liefie” (Afrikaans for “beloved”) coffee.

Entrepreneurial development, the youth and early childhood development, are the main focus areas of Rotary, said Ian Pursch, District Governor of Rotary District 9350, at the official launch on behalf of Rotary Newlands.

The donation is an incentive for the students at Café 45 to improve and broaden their entrepreneurial skills.

Charlene van Niekerk, hospitality manager of CTSB, said the aim of the establishment of the Café was to advance the skills of visually impaired persons in the hospitality industry. It also served as a means to build confidence and self-esteem by interacting with people from all walks of life.

Café 45 annually hosts an event known as ICore throughout the course of the year where people are served meals in total darkness as part of CTSB’s drive to create eye-care awareness.

“Annually, 110 students are empowered with entrepreneurial training skills for the private and public sector,” said Lizelle van Wyk, chief executive officer of the CTSB.

“We have also pioneered a new program of disabled experienced professionals mentoring students who are similarly impaired and with a similar career-interest.

“This great gesture by Rotary will strengthen our resolve to empower visually impaired persons even more at our headquarters in Salt River,” Van Wyk added.

The Rotary Club of Newlands welcomes those who would be interested to join a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities.

The club meets every Monday at 18:15 at the Western Province Cricket Club in Avenue de Mist except on the first Monday of each month when the meetings start at 19:00. For more information, visit our website or join us on Facebook.

For more information about the Cape Town Society for the Blind, visit:

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