Who we are and what we do

Who we are

We provide care, comfort and support to our patients and their families who’ve been affected by a life-limiting illness.

Our aim is to go beyond meeting the physical needs of our patients to offering emotional, spiritual and psychosocial support through our multidisciplinary team.

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Our story

The Hospice Association of the Witwatersrand was started in September, 1979 by a Johannesburg couple, Stan and Sherley Henen, who first responded to a need in their community for Hospice care. Initially, care was provided by a part-time nurse from their house.

In 1983, the first property was purchased in Houghton on 1st Avenue. It became known as Greendale House and was converted into a six-bed in-patient unit. By then, a full-time staff of five provided home-based and in-patient care. In 1985, the adjacent property was purchased with assistance from JCI, a leading mining company at that time. In 1995, our first facility in Soweto was opened in the Mofolo Clinic grounds. As the need for our services grew, we opened a purpose-built unit in Diepkloof in 2006. In 2007, we opened an OVC (Orphans and Vulnerable Children) crèche in an abandoned school in Mapetla, Soweto.

Today, we have more than 150 full-time staff, including doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists and spiritual counsellors. As a non-profit organisation (NPO), we have to raise our own funds. This we do through our HospiceWits Shops (11 in total), where a variety of donated goods are sold, through fundraising via generous donations from corporates and individuals, and through holding a number of events throughout the year.

Our desire is to be involved with the patient from the moment they’re diagnosed, ensuring that we’re there with them every step of the way. HospiceWits provides the same holistic care for the orphans and vulnerable children of our patients at our Mapetla Day Care Centre, as well as our unique Paediatric Palliative Care Ward in Diepkloof.

Our mission and vision

Our mission is to provide world-class palliative care and support to the residents of greater Johannesburg and Soweto and our vision is to be the leading palliative care provider in South Africa by:

  • excelling as an organisation
  • providing quality palliative care and
  • providing diverse support services

Dignity, integrity and respect is at the heart of everything we do.Download annual report

HospiceWits testimonials

  • Your organisation is such a special one and I shall do my best to contribute to your charity in any way I can and to also convince my friends of the worthiness of HospiceWits.
    Jackie Strydom
  • My HospiceWits experience has taught me what a wonderful organisation HospiceWits is and I hope when I retire that I will be able to give back or pay forward the care and support you have provided.
    Sue Armstrong
  • I will be eternally grateful to everyone at HospiceWits. They gave us all the emotional support that we needed and therefore we were able to have the gift of sharing and appreciating the last few days with our loved one.
    Ann Haines

Our Board of Governors

Dr Brian Chicksen


Mr Norman Weltman


Dr Kamy Chetty



Mr Barry Crystal



Mrs Jacqui Kaye



Mr Pheello Dikane


Human Resources

Mr Michael Judin


Human Resources

Miss Bernice Ligault-Bohm


Finance & Admin

Dr Tshepo Motsepe



Dr Morgan Mkhatshwa



Read more about the board membersDownload PDF here