John Keitsemore was born 51 years ago in Pampierstad in the North West. He was born deaf. In 1984 he enrolled at Bartimea School for the Blind and Deaf in the Free State to learn sign language.

He completed his matric at Bartimea in 2002 and went on to study at the Motheo FET College. He studied there from 2003 until 2006.

In 2007 he returned to Bartimea School to work as a sign language assistant. John spoke to SABC News through sign language interpreter Marisa Vermeulen.