The League of Friends of the Blind (LOFOB) is a Non-Governmental Organisation which caters to the needs of blind and visually impaired individuals.

Based in Grassy Park, Western Cape, we have been in operation since 1933 and have assisted in providing independence development services to thousands of individuals from all over South Africa and certain parts of the African continent.


To enable all visually impaired children, adults, their families and care-givers to reach their optimal potential through providing early childhood development, independence development, wellness programmes and to care for and protect the rights of those who, due to circumstances beyond their control, are unable to do so themselves.


To provide an all encompassing independence development and prevention of blindness service that ensures the successful integration of all visually impaired persons into society.



Armand Bam is the current Executive Director. He has been involved with the organisation from his childhood as a volunteer. He has a keen interest in community development focussing on disability, sport and environmental issues. He recently completed his PhD in Business Administration and holds a Master’s degree in Disability Studies. He has also completed an honours degree in Biokinetics, Post Graduate Diploma in Management Practice and received training in Design Thinking. His academic interests relate directly to business ethics, employment and disability.

Armand BamExecutive Director

Shahiemah Edwards started at LOFOB in 1984 bringing with her secretarial expertise.  Her excellent administration abilities soon saw her becoming the nerve centre of the administration in a time when the organisation was developing into a leading service provider in the field of blindness. As the organisation grew and restructured she was later appointed as Director: Administration and Logistics, the position which she stills holds to this day.  She is totally committed and dedicated to LOFOB and the community it serves.

Shahiemah EdwardsDirector: Administration and Logistics

Benita graduated from the University of the Western Cape with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and joined the organisation in 1998.  Between 1998 and 2008, she held the position of Occupational Therapist in LOFOB’s Early Childhood Development and Independence Development departments. Here she worked directly with children and adults who are blind and visually impaired and their families across the Western Cape. Currently, she manages the wide range of support services LOFOB provides to blind and visually impaired children and their families.

Benita PetersonManager: Services to Children

Heidi went through the Independence Training Programme and later became a skills developer, training other blind people to be independent. Heidi excelled at this job and set her sights on higher things and was offered the position of Public Relations Officer, which was the position she held for 12  years. She successfully completed courses in Conference, Exhibition & Event Management as well as the Fundamentals Of Project Management at Damelin College. She has also successfully completed courses in Public Relation at Boston City Campus and Business College and later at UNISA.

Heidi VolkwijnManager: Services to Youth and Adults

Executive Commitee

Rev Warren FarmerPresident
Adv Ebrahiem HendricksVice President
Mr. Kurt MillerTreasurer
Mrs Audrey JacobsMember
Mrs Nikki-Dee van LeeveMember
Mr Steven BorwickMember
Mr Alan KotschobaMember
Mr Richard ArendseMember
Mr Philip BamMember