Empowering Deaf learners through literacy and language development

What we do

The Handlab is a South African Sign Language (SASL) curriculum development project based at Stellenbosch University. It is driven by a team of Deaf and hearing individuals who are passionate about empowering Deaf learners in South Africa through literacy and language development.

We create Learning and Teaching Support Material (LTSM) for the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) and we work in partnership with six public schools for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Western Cape Province. Our material consists of video texts of various genres, teaching resources for sign language classes, and theme-based and subject terminology.

Who we are

Vanessa Reyneke

Project coordinator and
Sign Language artist (Deaf)

Frenette Southwood

Academic consultant

Alex Nyawo

Video Editor

Lenka Knoetze

Graphic Designer / Illustrator (hearing)

Modiegi Njeyiyana

Sign Language expert and
Deaf consultant (Deaf)

Simone Conradie

Writer / Language Editor


Our partners