Who we are

We provide care, comfort and support to our patient 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.

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.

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 corporate 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.

Our Mission and vision

Our mission is to provide 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 care
  • providing diverse support services

Board of Governors

SURNAME

NAME

RACE

GENDER

DATE OF APPOINTMENT

COMMITTEE

Motsepe, Dr

Tshepo

B

F

Sep 2010

Clinical

Chetty, Dr

Kamy

I

F

20 Nov 2012

Clinical

Davenport, Mr

John

W

M

17 May 2016

Marketing

Dikane, Mr

Pheello

B

M

Sep 2011

Human Resources

Judin, Mr

Michael

W

M

1988

Human Resources

Kaye, Mrs (CEO)

Jacqui

W

F

May 2014

Invited to all

Weltman, Mr

Norman

W

M

Sep 2008

Finance and Admin