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Blind Councillor of Tshwane swims for the SA Guide Dogs Association 2017 (COMPLETED)

Blind Councillor of Tshwane swims for the SA Guide Dogs Association 2017 (COMPLETED)

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I am competing in the Midmar Mile 2017 

My name is Hentie Nortjé. I am a blind long distance swimmer from Tshwane. I am currently preparing and planning to swim my 17th consecutive Midmar Mile on Saturday the 11th of February 2017.

As a Councillor in the City of Tshwane, I swam for the following schools and institutions over the last 4 years to raise money for them with the assistance of Backabuddy:

  1. Carel Du Toit Centre for children with hearing disabilities in 2013 (see:
  2. Pathways-Pretoria School for multi disabled children in 2014 (see:
  3. Pula Difate Primary School in 2015 (see:
  4. Democratic Alliance in 2016 (see:

I have many disabled friends. I am therefore fully aware of all the current respective challenges of the disabled person in the 21st century.

One of my friends is making use of a guide dog to assist him with his daily travelling from home to the office and back. He unfortunately lost his wife during the course of 2015. At that stage, his guide dog had to retire. When he received his new trained guide dog some months ago, I was just amazed by his excitement about his new companion!

It is because of this reason, namely that most guide dogs are not only an assistant to a visually impaired person, but in most cases also a friend, that I have decided to swim my 17th Midmar Mile for the South African Guide Dogs Association (SAGA).

The following facts about SAGA, makes interesting reading:

• SAGA is a fully constituted non-profit organisation 
• They train on average 65 guide dogs per annum
• SAGA furthermore trains 5 – 8 social dogs per year
• They train orientation and mobility practitioners
• SAGA receives no financial support from the government
• It costs approximately R58 000-00 to train one guide dog

Therefore, it is only a privilege for me to swim my 17th Midmar Mile to raise money for the South African Guide Dogs Association!



Name Comment Date Amount
Chris Greyling All the best Feb 24, 2017 R 1 010.00
Johan Sterkte Feb 12, 2017 R 300.00
Marius Els Geniet die swem Hentie en dankie vir jou betrokkenheid by hierdie organisasie Feb 07, 2017 R 510.00
Louise Greyling Trots op jou! Feb 02, 2017 R 102.82
Lynnwood View B&B Swem Hentie swem!! Feb 02, 2017 R 257.05
Diana Banyard Well done and good luck. Jan 30, 2017 R 1 010.00
Bart Midmar magmaar - Woefekse! Jan 27, 2017 R 1 028.20
Malan & Nortje Sterkte met die groot swemQ Jan 24, 2017 R 308.46
Elmarie Neilson Hentie, jy is my hero! Jan 24, 2017 R 510.00
Laybugs Tracing Mr Nortjé what a shining example. All the best!. Jan 24, 2017 R 210.00
JC Nortje - Rustenburg Trots op jou! Jan 20, 2017 R 257.05
Henco Ons gaan SWEM!! Jan 03, 2017 R 205.64
Arno Lekker swem, jammer ek kan nie daar wees nie. Dec 28, 2016 R 102.82
Ronel Sterkte Dec 24, 2016 R 411.28
Lana Wat 'n inspirasie Hentie. Sterkte met die projek en die harde werk. Jy werk so hard, weet nie wanneer jy tyd kry of nog te oefen nie. Dec 12, 2016 R 10 010.00
Gerda van Niekerk Hentie, jy is 'n inspirasie! Dec 07, 2016 R 205.64
Helena GREAT Dec 07, 2016 R 205.64
Liz Mostert Wat 'n wonderlike inisiatief! Lekker swem :) Dec 07, 2016 R 110.00
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Donations to date

R 16 754.60

Fundraising target

R 17 000.00

SA Guide Dogs Association for the Blind

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Since 1953, South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind (GDA) has strived to expand its offerings to the differently-abled community of Southern Africa, extending beyond Guide Dogs to include Service Dogs for people who are physically impaired, Autism Support Dogs for children with autism, and the College of Orientation & Mobility, whose Orientation & Mobility (O&M) practitioners teach people who are visually impaired to continue their lives in a safe and efficient manner and how to use a long cane as a mobility aid.