Lost his hearing and sight, and was also crippled, by a high fever during infancy. Taken to a hospital in Durban, he recovered his mobility but remained deaf-blind. Refused admission into various schoools until age 11, when he was taken charge of by Florence Blaxall about 1937. She educated him using the Tadoma method. Later, Blaxall and Bhenkinkosi moved to Ezenzeleni, a new home for adult blind persons near Johannesburg.
Deaf History International Newsletter, Fall 2002, p.14.