About Us

About Us

OSSA Right to Sight Trust is a public benefit initiative dedicated to ending avoidable blindness in South Africa.

History

The Right to Sight Trust grew out of an initiative called Eyecare 2000 that was conceived by OSSA in 1999 to help government achieve its goal of ending cataract blindness in South Africa by 2005. During its first four years, Eyecare 2000 was well supported and a significant number of free cataract surgeries were performed each year. However, towards the end of 2005 focus and funding started to shift to other priorities – particularly the HIV epidemic – and as a result there was less money for Eyecare 2000 and consequently fewer surgeries were performed.

In 2014, OSSA committed to revive the project using the OSSA Right to Sight Trust as the mechanism for coordinating, managing and fundraising. The following year, the cataract project was formally named Second Sight. The project is currently supported by leaders in the pharmaceutical industry that sponsor consumables for procedures as well as by funding partners that donate funds to assist with the cost of surgeries.

Trustees
  • Dr Bayanda Mbambisa (Chairperson)
  • Dr Wayne Marais (Treasurer)
  • Dr Jan Talma (Trustee)
  • Dr Andrew Boliter (Trustee)
OSSA Executive Committee
  • Dr Linda Visser
  • Dr Matt Young
  • Dr Bayanda Mbambisa
  • Dr Petrus Gous
  • Dr Steven Lapere
  • Prof Wayne Marais
  • Dr Jan Talma
  • Dr Schalk Du Toit
  • Dr Nonhlanhla Majola
  • Dr Jaco Maartens
  • Dr Farah Moti
  • Dr Frik Potgieter
  • Dr Johann Serfontein
Legal Status

Public Benefit Trust: Registration no. IT3839/2011
Public Benefit Organisation: 930045242
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