PEOPLE OF THE POINT: GERHARD ERASMUS
Meet this months People of the Point, Gerhard Erasmus. He has been part of Edit Microsystems for 6 ½ years and introduces blind people and people with low vision to technology and assistive devices to aid them with everyday life. He is also blind and makes extensive use of their technology. In South Africa, only 3% of blind people are employed and he is one of them.
What is your favourite part of your job?
I enjoy the training and support component most. It is very rewarding to know that unnecessary hurdles are removed by technology and services that is on offer. Having the opportunity to share my knowledge and the uniqueness of these devices with other blind and low vision persons all over Africa is a privilege.
Tell us something interesting about yourself
I attended Pioneer School for the Blind in Worcester. With the use of technology and the skills I acquired I was able to attend Tygerberg High School from the age of 16. I graduated from this mainstream school in 1999. Technology and assistive devices opened doors and introduced me to new opportunities. Today I use various cutting-edge solutions, including a Braille tablet and screen reading software to access online information sources. I read and write e-mails; surf the web and can perform most tasks my peers are able to perform on a computer.
I also make use of public transport between Durbanville and Sea Point. I am one of the first people to arrive at work and pride myself to always know of the latest developments.
What is your favourite hobby/ thing to do and why?
I love playing my guitar. I might not be good, but I do find it very relaxing. My wife is also teaching me how to bake. I enjoy the time we spend together in the kitchen; learning a new skill.
What is the coolest/ scariest/ craziest thing you have ever done?
Put money in Bitcoin.
Would you rather always be 10 minutes late or always be 20 minutes early?
I would prefer to be 20 minutes early and therefore start my journeys early too. I hate being rushed. Very few things in life are as important as they might seem. There is no reason to rush.
Would you rather be able to teleport anywhere or be able to read minds?
Well, since I’m blind, I’d have to vote for teleportation since self-driving cars aren’t developing fast enough! Mind reading would come in handy when I try to sell a product to a client. It will be good to know if I’m wasting somebody’s time when I am busy with a sales call.
Pizza, I’m not a wood-fire snob and therefore love all pizzas. I would eat it every day if I could.
Favourite movie/ TV show?
TV Show: Scrubs. It is the greatest television depiction of friendship of all time.
Movie: Casino or anything about the Mob. Casino’s only crime was that it was released after Goodfellas.
Favourite place to visit/ go on holiday?
Anywhere where my wife is.
Tulips. I like the shape and the texture of the leaves.
That’s all from Gerhard, have a great Movember and remember to enter this months competition, we would love to see your moustaches!
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Until next time, keep cool and remember that every drop counts!
The Point Team x