Education is enshrined in the South African constitution as a basic human right. Unfortunately this was not always so. Under the Apartheid educational system only a select few were provided a world class education and even this was skewed by the propaganda requirements of the government. However those who were not amongst the privileged few received either a sub standard education or none at all. This is the legacy that Adult Basic Education and Training is striving to eradicate. ABET programs are making a difference to the lives of people across South Africa. By bringing literacy to the dis empowered ABET programs are changing lives.