World's first Apple training centre for the blind opens in WC

The programme will enable blind people to be better equipped for the workplace.

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CAPE TOWN - The world's first Apple Training Centre for the blind has opened its doors in the Western Cape.

The facility, launched in Worcester earlier today, aims to empower visually-impaired people with technological and IT skills.

The new system is used to transfer text into audio.

The multi-million rand programme is a partnership between local NGO Kaleidoscope, ABSA and global technology giant Apple.

Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says this programme will enable blind people to be better equipped for the workplace.

"We'll continue to foster the ability of the most marginalised in our society to also be included in this main economy and to stop seeing blind people as switchboard operators, but they can also be the envy of a company, through technology, to be able to reach the top."