Khanyisa School (which means light) was established in the 1980’s to cater for partially sighted and blind pupils. The school accommodates locals in the area that live in Transkei, Ciskei and as far as Mthatha. The Dormitories of the school cater for up to 60 pupils, who come from all parts of the Eastern Cape. Situated in Kwa-dwesi there is so much warmth when one enters the doors of this school.

The school has managed to play a pivotal role in the lives of their matriculants. One learner in particular is Pelisa Mkwambi, who has partial vision in her right eye. Regardless of her obstacles, she is the top matriculant for special schools in the Eastern Cape. Pelisa managed to achieve four distinctions. She received prizes which include a certificate, trophy, cellphone and a bursary to the value of R80 000. She will be studying towards a diploma in Business Studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). Her sight disability has in no way prohibited her from achieving her goals.

One of her educators Mrs Kepe commented that Pelisa is a very dedicated pupil and she puts a lot of effort to her work. She always asked her educators a lot of questions!

The school encourages school pupils to also participate in extra mural activities, including judo, karate, athletics and goal ball for the blind. They also have cultural activities such as drama which the learners really enjoy. Mr Msutwana is a professional singer and he teaches music to the pupils and is a conductor of the choir.

The Principal is very proud of Pelisa and says it is all thanks to her great team of educators that held special classes for the matriculants. The HOD of Khanyisa also played a pivotal role by ensuring everything runs smoothly within the school. The staff are very supportive of the learners, which in turn results in producing top achieving individuals.


Lauren Butler

Operations Manager – E Cape