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.



Shahiemah Edwards Portrait

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, and currently serves as the Acting Executive Director.  She is totally committed and dedicated to LOFOB and the community it serves.

Benita Petersen Portrait

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.

Executive Commitee

Warren Farmer Portrait
Philip Bam Portrait
Alan Kotschoba Portrait