History of Overstrand Hospice


  • A group of concerned Hermanus people identified the need for a home-based Palliative Care Hospice in the Overstrand sub-district. Our community has a large elderly population; many people were dying in pain and suffering with other uncontrolled symptoms including emotional and existential distress. The nearest Hospice was 120 km away.
  • Representatives from various community groupings and disciplines gathered together and a steering committee was formed to work through the various aspects of starting a new Hospice.
    Under the guidance of the Hospice Palliative Care Association of SA, a Board of 12 people was subsequently elected and a Section 21 company was registered.
  • We were granted our NPO (Non-Profit Organisation) registration and have SA Revenue approval as a Public Benefit Company under Section 18A Tax Exemption.


  • Our first Professional Nurse was appointed in January.
  • The 600 Club commenced.
  • The Hospice Shop started in December.


  • Accepted as a full member of the Hospice Palliative Care Association.
  • A three-year lease for offices in Hope Street was signed.
  • Day Hospice commenced in May.
  • An additional professional nurse was appointed.


  • Hope Street office buildings were bought.
  • Based on the Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) standards, we were awarded a Three Star Status by the hospice.
  • Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA).


  • Employed our first General Manager as the position had become too large for a volunteer manager.


  • Appointed our first Social Worker in April.
  • Overstrand Hospice awarded 4 Star Status by HPCA


  • Overstrand Hospice successfully raised sufficient funds to purchase the property occupied by our Shop in Aberdeen Street. The Shop was recently renovated to improve the efficiency of the space as well as the shopping experience for our highly valued customers.