About Nelspruit Hospice

The Nelspruit Hospice is a non-profit organisation that provides quality home-based palliative care to people with life-threatening illnesses. We have Professional Nurses who are palliative-care trained and who provide physical, psychosocial and spiritual support regardless of race, disease, religion or socio-economic situation.

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Our History

The Nelspruit Hospice was constituted in November of 2005. It took the first seven months of 2006 to raise the necessary funding to train and hire a professional nurse with palliative care training, as well as recruit and train twenty volunteers, apply for government approvals, and secure office space.

By August 2006, we had accomplished the above and we opened our offices at 7 Rothery Street in Nelspruit, and started providing nursing care and volunteer support for terminally ill patients and their families.

Since then we have raised over R3 000 000,00 achieved a Four-Star Hospice rating from the Hospice Palliative Care Association of SA, treated 400 patients and conducted regular training for volunteers and staff

Our Philosophy

The vision of the Hospice is to provide holistic treatment to terminally ill patients for whom no cure is available. Treatment is aimed at support and tender care of the patients by palliative nursing targeted at pain and symptom control. Everybody has the right to die with dignity in a caring environment.

Hospice affirms life and recognizes dying as a normal process. We neither hasten nor postpone death, but exist in the belief that with proper care and the promotion of a caring community, patients and families will be free to attain a satisfactory degree of mental and spiritual preparation for death.
The aim is not to treat chronic disorders as such, but to provide short-term care in the last life phases of people with terminal illnesses. The majority of patients are cared for in their own homes where the family becomes the unit of care.

We are a Non-Profit

The Nelspruit Hospice is a fully accredited Non-Profit Organisation, registered with the Department of Social Department (NPO 048-097) and SARS as a Public Beneficiary Organisation (PBO 098-023-585) and therefore are exempt from Income Tax and able to issue Section 18A Certificates to major donors. It has a Level 4 – BBBEE certification.
The Nelspruit Hospice is a member of the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) and the Regional HPCA Association. It has achieved a Four-Star Rating (out of five) from HPCA. Our Private Practice Number is 079 0000472050.

Our Team

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Nelspruit Hospice. It consists of professionals who share their expertise to ensure that the Nelspruit Hospice complies with its vision and mission statements.

Chairman & Legal Portfolio

Unopa Tarwa, BA (UNISA), B Tech Occupational Health Nursing (WITS Tech), LLB (UNISA), currently owns a law practice.

Vice Chairman

Derek Todd, BA University of Stellenbosch, currently holds the position of Managing Director- Kellaprince.

Secretary

Winnie Stiglingh, BA (MW) Potchefstroom University; MA (MW) Pretoria University currently serving as Social Worker.

Treasurer

Margaret Raubenheimer, CA (SA) ATC; currently holds the position of Director A2K.

Dawie Wicht

BA University of Stellenbosch, Honours Stellenbosch Business School, owner Labour Relations Company.

CEO

Sonet Goosen CEO BCOM (Unisa) EDP (Wits Business School)

Fund Raising

Gavin Cocks, is a multiple business owner in the Lowveld.

Mary Schatz

Community Advocator

Dr G Haarhoff

MB ChB University of Pretoria, MBL University of Pretoria

Management Committee

Sonet Goosen – CEO

Responsible for overall day-to-day management of Nelspruit Hospice and for raising sufficient funds to ensure sustainability.  The CEO is responsible for ensuring that the Management Committee is effective in its role as the Management of the organisation. The chair is expected to work closely with all members of the Management Committee, staff and volunteers to achieve the goals.

Nursing Services Manager

Marinda Olckers P.N – Responsible for delivering quality palliative care to patients and support for their families. She also manages the nursing staff. Ensures that Nelspruit Hospice is compliant with all national, provincial and local laws and regulations pertaining to Health & Safety.

Secretary

Elmarie du Toit is responsible for the day-to-day running of the office, Equipment Rentals, Data Management & Bookkeeping.

Management Committee

Sonet Goosen – CEO

Responsible for overall day-to-day management of Nelspruit Hospice and for raising sufficient funds to ensure sustainability.  The CEO is responsible for ensuring that the Management Committee is effective in its role as the Management of the organisation. The chair is expected to work closely with the all members of the Management Committee, staff and volunteers to achieve the goals.

Nursing Services Manager

Marinda Olckers P.N – Responsible for delivering quality palliative care to patients and support for their families. She also manages the nursing staff. Ensures that Nelspruit Hospice is compliant with all national, provincial and local laws and regulations pertaining to Health & Safety.

Secretary

Elmarie du Toit is responsible for the day-to-day running of the office, Equipment Rentals, Data Management & Bookkeeping.

Assistant Nurse

Responsible for providing Palliative Care to patients with terminal illnesses and emotional support for their family members.  Assists the Professional Nurse. (PN)