The South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB) in the Mangaung region is embarking on a campaign to collect and compile data of blind and partially blind people. The data collection is undertaken through consultative meetings.The organisation will begin the campaign holding a consultative meeting on 9 March at the Seloshesha Library in Thaba Nchu, starting at 13:00.The organisation is targeting people within the Mangaung Metro towns of Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu to start the campaign. Members of the public who have blind and partially blind family members are encouraged to attend the planned meeting.Kagiso Phosa, SANCB chairperson, said the collection of data of blind and partially blind people is meant for mobilisation campaigns and skills developmental and empowerment initiatives of which the objective is to enable blind and partially sighted people toe enter the mainstream and to be empowered.“We want every blind and partially blind person to be on the organisation’s database,” said Phosa.A clarion call is made to all visually impaired and blind people, undergraduates and graduates as well as those who have not been to any formal school.In line with empowering and equipping blind and partially blind people, the SANCB through its education wing Optima College, recently launched a computer laboratory at the Bartemia School for the Deaf and Blind in Thaba Nchu. The computer centre is collaborating with the Life Healthcare group for training and skills development of blind and partially sighted people. Members of the public can contact Kagiso Phosa on 076-759-3835.