Archive: September 29, 2021


Our dear colleague and friend, Arlene Angel, lost her long and very exhausting battle with cancer on Saturday morning, 28 September 2021 – an Angel has been called home to her Maker.

She is healed and at peace now.

HospiceWits will miss her terribly but remember her with everlasting fondness.

We feel the deep pain and the heartache as a family, and wish to dedicate messages and tributes to her as we celebrate the part of her life she gave unconditionally to HospiceWits.

Her passion, her loyalty, her cheerfulness, her empathy and nurturing personality, will be her legacy – as she lives on in our hearts, forever. 

Rest in Peace, special colleague and friend

Warm regards

Jacqui Kaye


As ‘Arlene’s Volunteer’ I was in the uniquely privileged position of working very closely with her and  over the years we shared much and became in many ways good friends. I heard her gentle and compassionate support of families in desperate need of help, her confident re -assurance when  a family member was in crisis and needed someone to take control – her loyalty to Hospice was exemplary and her commitment to palliative care unwavering. I grew to love and respect a remarkable woman – I miss her every day and am so very grateful for all that I learnt from her and for the way she enriched my life in ways beyond measure…


Arlene, it was such a blessing to have known such a beautiful soul. May your soul rest in eternal peace. You will be dearly missed…

Qinisile Buthelezi

Arlene, no words to describe how we feel, it’s still so unreal! Such a strong women, somebody to look up to. Lovely sweet and caring. May your soul rest in peace. You will be missed

xxx Marlene xxx

To Arlene, May your journey hereon be of Peace; Perfect Love and Perfect Trust, your legacy left behind will always be engraved in our Hearts and in the Spirit of HospiceWits.

Love always, Francois

Dear Arlene, Fly pain free with the Angels. You will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace, Arlene. Condolences to your sons, I know they were your entire world.

Love, Amina

Arlene, we will miss you as Soweto Hospice team. We will remember your loving tender care you were always willing to assist with a good attitude. Your door was always open. There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in our hearts. May your soul rest in eternal peace.

With love from Soweto Team

Lovingly remembered for your professionalism, dedication, empathy and kindness.  We miss you.

Love Lyn

Thanks to Arlene for her dedication to HospiceWits and her commitment to making sure that HospiceWits Palliative Care standard were top quality. Very lovely person and cared for every family and patient. It was a great pleasure to have worked with her; she was a very warm and loving person. Arlene will be dearly missed as both a colleague and friend.

Warm Regards

Sipho Siqaza

To our dearest Arlene, your friendship and support has been a truly wonderful gift over the years we worked together. I consider myself very fortunate to have been introduced to you. It is impossible to imagine the world without your optimism, humour and drive. All of us in the pharmacy will miss you very much.

Gavin Brown

Responsible Pharmacist

Arlene, you are lovingly remembered for your kindness, patience and empathy to all those who were privileged to know and with you. You will be sorely missed by the Pharmacy personnel. May you rest in peace


(Volunteer Pharmacy)

I share my sincere and deep condolences both personally and on behalf of the HospiceWits Board of Governors to Arlene’s family, to the HospiceWits staff, and to you Jacqui.

Dr Brad Beira

Chairperson: HospiceWits Board of Governors

Such sad news Jacqui. May her dear soul Rest in Peace; Never to be forgotten

Sending love and light to her grieving family and the family of HospiceWits

Michael Judin

HospiceWits Board of Governors for over 23 years

This is such sad news. My sincere condolences to Arlene’s sons (Chad, Jonty and Jarred), her family and the HospiceWits family.

Arlene lived a full life and today we honour her life through our tributes.

I had the privilege to work with her at HospiceWits; we shared many good days as colleagues. I will always remember her gentleness and her kind heart.

She is fondly remembered and what a privilege to have worked with her for so many years.

To her sons and family, thank you for affording us this time to share our fond memories of your Mother/sister. May it bring you comfort during this time.

Fond regards

Esme Pudule
HW Board member
Operations Manager
Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA)

My sincere condolences on the passing of Arlene Angel to you, her family, friends and the HospiceWits family. May the Lord comfort everyone during this trying time.

Kind regards

Sharon Carter
HR Director
Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA)


We are so sorry to hear about Arlene.  This must be a very difficult time for you and your colleagues.

From CHoiCe Trust our sincerest condolence.


Antoinette Schutte

Programme Manager

Good morning Jacqui

We are very saddened at the passing of Arlene. Our deepest sympathy to her family and to your hospice.

Take care

Kind regards

Colleen Douglas



Whilst I never had the opportunity to meet Arlene, if my experience with our team of nurses is anything to go by, I am certain that she was a valued, loved and inspiring part of your team.

Wishing you all strength and courage as you navigate your way through this loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family and her friends.

Robert de Wet

Chief Executive Officer


Dear Jacqui,

I am very sorry for your loss. Arlene was an icon so HPCA will be paying tribute to her on our Website.

With warm regards,

Ewa Skowronska, MD, MPH
Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA)

I am so sorry Jacqui. My condolences to you and your team.

Kind regards,

Melissa Knox

Dear Jacqui and all at Hospice Wits

It is with an extremely sad and heavy heart that I send this message of sympathy to you on the passing of Arlene Angel. Please accept my personal heartfelt condolences as well as from everyone at Hospice East Rand.  What a huge and sorrowful loss.

Arlene has turned her face to the sun and may she now rest in eternal peace.

Warm regards

Brenda Bisschoff



We take this opportunity to wish Arlene’s family, her friends and everyone at HospiceWits our sincerest condolences as we know a colleague and a loved one will be dearly missed.  She will leave a large hole indeed. Our sincerest condolences on the passing of such a lovely, sweet person. 

Warmest regards,



So sorry for your loss but grateful that Arlene’s suffering is over

Tersia Burger

CEO : Stepping Stones Hospice

Dear Jacqui and all staff of HospiceWits

I was heartbroken to hear of Arlene’s passing… just wanted to send my love to you all…. please pass my thoughts on the Homecare team, and to her family

Carin Berman

Arlene has been a loyal stalwart at HospiceWits for so long, and was really excellent in the way she welcomed new patients and families into the concept of palliative care, at a time when many were extremely anxious and afraid. She will certainly be missed

Kind Regards

Dr Mike Brown

How could I forget meeting Arlene when I first visited our sister hospice in May 2007?  Arlene, small in size, and quite large in expressing her love for her work, told us stories of how she works to ensure all referred patients and their families are quickly assessed and admitted into the hospice.  Her voice was joyful, her smile quite large.  She had an amazing system to keep track of everyone, so no one was left behind in receiving care.  I remember being quite impressed how Arlene managed everything she did so incredibly well.  What I equally remember is what a loving, kind, and grateful human being she was.  We bonded over our love of all things hospice and over our shared religious faith.  Although we had only met, I felt like I met a kindred spirit. My feelings about Arlene only grew over subsequent work trips to visit at HospiceWits.  Arlene is truly a one of a kind person and I am grateful I had the chance to meet her and call her friend.  She will be deeply missed.


Stacy F Orloff, Ed. D., LCSW, ACHP-SW
Vice President, Innovation and Community Health


Polofields Crossing Spring Book Fair delights lovers of literature

After weeks of anticipation, Joburg’s bibliophiles again headed to the Polofields Crossing Book Fair, following a very successful first iteration of this literary event earlier this year. The Spring Book Fair, which was held in support of HospiceWits, also heralded the introduction of some new events, adding another layer to the proceedings, which centred on selling second-hand books from HospiceWits shops.

The Polofields Crossing Spring Book Fair took place from 24 to 26 September at the shopping centre in Midrand, and was the first to feature talks with local authors. Media personality Aki Anastasiou spoke to Luthando Dyasop and Janine Lazaru – the authors of Out of Quatro and Bait, respectively – about their latest literary releases, luring book lovers to The Codfather and The Potato Shed at Polofields Crossing on Saturday, 25 September. Both authors’ books draw on real-life events, and attendees of the talks (the proceeds of which went directly towards supporting the work that HospiceWits does) were blown away by their larger-than-life experiences.

Aside from literary-inspired menus and hundreds of pre-loved books on offer, this Book Fair also allowed aspiring authors to submit their own work for consideration in the very first Polofields Crossing Book Fair Writing Challenge, presented in association with the SA Writers College. Writers were tasked with writing between 250 and 300 words, drawing inspiration from items found at our HospiceWits shops. Lerato Mahlangu won the third prize for “The Keeper of Legends”, while Kiara Naidoo was the runner-up with her short story, titled “Conjoined”?. The judges chose Charlotte Manda’s “The Memories She Kept” as the winning story. All three winners walked away with cash prizes and vouchers from Polofields Crossing, SuperSpar Polofields and West Pack Lifestyle.

HospiceWits is grateful to Polofields Crossing and to all the shops at the centre that took part in the festivities by running their own special offers over the long weekend. Our heartfelt thanks also go to SuperSpar at Polofields, that donated the proceeds from boerewors roll sales over the weekend to HospiceWits. All in all, the Polofields Crossing Spring Book Fair raised more than R40 000, which will definitely go a very long way in assisting the palliative care staff of HospiceWits to continue offering care and support to our patients in the community that we serve in and around Johannesburg.

Lastly, our warmest gratitude to everyone that attended the Book Fair – we can’t wait to welcome you back again for another celebration of the written word very soon!

These authors will share their stories at the Polofields Crossing Book Fair

The Polofields Crossing Book Fair in support of HospiceWits is back, and with talks by skilled South African wordsmiths, literary-inspired menus and free coffee from Manaka, this one promises to be one for the books.

The Spring Book Fair will be the first to feature talks by local authors, and on Saturday, 25 September, Luthando Dyasop and Janine Lazarus take to the stage to discuss their latest books.

Artist and former MK soldier Luthando Dyasop will be talking about his recently published and acclaimed memoir, Out of Quatro. The book not only documents Dyasop’s extraordinary life, but also marks a tumultuous time in ANC history – the resonance of which is still reverberating through the ruling party today. Decades after being released from Quatro, the author has found his voice to tell this important story.

Alongside Dyasop, Janine Lazarus will be sharing her own astonishing real-life encounters, as captured in her book, Bait. Formerly a Sunday Times journalist, Lazarus’s book encapsulates the suburban terror that the so-called Norwood Rapist and serial killer wreaked on women in this suburb in the early 1990s. In a deadly game of cat and mouse, echoing Clarice and Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, the police use Lazarus as a decoy to hunt down Jacobus Geldenhuys. As the hunter hunts the hunted, things become very personal.

The talks, which are presented in association with NB Publishers, will be held at Polofields Crossing, with tables and seating provided by The Codfather and The Potato Shed. The conversation will be led by the esteemed radio host, Aki Anastasiou, and tickets can be bought for R70 each. All proceeds go to HospiceWits.

  • Where: Polofields Crossing, Corner of Polofields Drive and Waterfall Drive, Midrand
  • When: Saturday, 25 September 2021
  • Time: 11:00 – 12:00

Join us for lunch this Heritage Day long weekend, and leave with a few good books and loads of insight in tow.

Taking place on 24, 25 and 26 September, the Polofields Crossing Spring Book Fair will feature thousands of pre-loved books to peruse in the book tent. Attendees are reminded that they may also bring their own pre-loved reads for donation at the book tent.

Get your tickets here.

HospiceWits SerendipiTea returns with a spring luncheon

Over the years, HospiceWits’s annual SerendipiTea event has become a mainstay on the calendars of the glitterati of South Africa. This prestigious luncheon has seen some of the biggest names on the South African celebrity scene attend, with notable guests including Edith Venter, Leanne Manas, Bonang Matheba and Claudia Henkel. Traditionally, fashion has also played a big part in the SerendipiTea luncheon, and the catwalk at previous events has been graced by the designs of, among others, David Tlale and Thula Sindi.

SerendipiTea returns in 2021, and this year’s event is sure to be the welcome that the change of season deserves.

SerendipiTea: A Spring Affair will bring together the who’s who of South African entertainment, taking place at Casalinga Farm in Muldersdrift on 2 October 2021.

Guests will enjoy a mouth-watering three-course meal at the variety luncheon, and will be able to place their bets on a number of exclusive goods, donated by HospiceWits’s generous partners. Each guest will also receive a gift bag, and will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with the biggest celebrities in the country.

Tickets for SerendipiTea: A Spring Affair are on sale for R750 each, and a table for 10 people will cost R7000. All funds raised at the event will go towards supporting the important work that HospiceWits does for patients in and around Johannesburg. As an NPO, HospiceWits is highly reliant upon donations from the public, and events like this one help to ensure that all the expenses associated with the palliative care HospiceWits provides are catered for.

Buy your ticket and show your support for HospiceWits here.

HospiceWits partners with Polofields Crossing again for the Spring Book Fair

Following the success of the Polofields and HospiceWits Book Fair in autumn this year, HospiceWits is excited to announce the Spring Book Fair, set to take place on 24th, 25th and the 26th September 2021 at the Midrand-based shopping centre.

The Spring Book Fair will again feature a book tent with thousands of titles for book lovers to peruse and purchase.  Attendees are invited to bring their own pre-loved books on the day to donate to the non-profit organisation, while at the same time creating space on their own bookshelves for the new gems they are going to find.  

All proceeds from these events will go towards the provision of care for HospiceWits patients and their families in Johannesburg and Soweto.

Avid readers will be thrilled to hear that the Spring Book Fair not only promises great literary finds but that the SuperSpar at Polofields Crossing will also be presenting a special literature-inspired menu, and Manaka Coffee will be offering free coffee to attendees.

The Spring Book Fair builds on the foundations of the Autumn Book Fair, and HospiceWits is delighted to once again partner with Polofields Crossing. This event is an important one on the HospiceWits annual fundraising calendar, and will go a long way towards ensuring the continuation of the special care work that HospiceWits began in 1979.

Keep an eye on the HospiceWits Facebook page for more news about the Spring Book Fair – we cannot wait to welcome you to this literary feast!

Polofields Crossing Book Fair Writing Challenge

From 24 to 26 September 2021, the Spring Edition of the Polofields Crossing Book Fair will once again be a popular browsing destination for book lovers from across Gauteng – ready to fill their bookshelves, whilst supporting a great cause at the same time. The biannual fair will again aim to raise much-needed funds to cater for the palliative care services provided by HospiceWits.

In celebration of the Spring Book Fair, and the incredible work done by the HospiceWits health care workers, we are proud to announce the first Polofields Crossing Book Fair Writing Challenge in association with the SA Writers College.

How to enter?

The HospiceWits charity shops situated in and around Johannesburg are known for selling a variety of pre-loved goods. If the gems found in these shops could talk, they would surely have a lot of magical tales to tell.

Who drank from the mysterious cup? What drove the couple apart, or what precious secrets did the little box once protect? We hope that one of the items we found in the HospiceWits charity shops will unlock the inspiration for your story.

  • Pick any one of the photos below as the inspiration for your story.
  • Write a story or poem of between 250 and 300 words, inspired by your chosen photo.
  • Submit your entry to
  • Deadline for entries: Midnight on 17 September


First prize:

R 1000 cash | R500 voucher from SuperSpar Polofields Crossing | R500 voucher from West Pack Lifestyle

Second prize:

R500 cash | R500 voucher from SuperSpar Polofields Crossing| R500 voucher from West Pack Lifestyle

Third prize:

R500 cash | R500 voucher from SuperSpar Polofields Crossing| R500 voucher from West Pack Lifestyle

The top 3 stories will be put on display at Polofields Crossing during the Book Fair, thereafter the stories will be displayed at the HospiceWits Orange Grove shop.

Winners will be announced on 23 September 2021.

Find your inspiration here: