Senior Staff

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Dr. Izane Reyneke
Program Coordinator

Izane grew up in Bloemfontein where she obtained both her B.Sc and MB.Ch.B. degrees at the University of the Free State. She moved to Cape Town at the end of 2002 and completed her medical internship at New Somerset Hospital during 2003. It was here where she developed a keen interest in the management of HIV. She was placed at Wesfleur Hospital in Atlantis to perform her Community Service year during the following year. She started the ARV unit in the area in 2004 and remained in charge of this unit until 2013. Izane joined the HOPE Cape Town team in 2013 as Program Coordinator. She oversees all projects and is involved in the strategic and day-to-day management of the organisation.

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Pauline Jooste
Training and Outreach Officer

Pauline worked in state primary health care settings for 11 years as a Professional Nurse. She was a Facility Manager at four primary health care clinics prior to joining HOPE Cape Town in 2005. She currently works as Outreach Facilitator where she manages all HOPE Community Health Care Workers and is responsible for community outreach projects.

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Kerstin Behlau
Administrator and Donor Liaison Europe

Kerstin welcomes our sponsors, donors and visitors and presents the work of HOPE Cape Town to them. She updates all our European sponsors, donors and friends regularly and stays in contact with them. She responds to enquiries and requests in English and German and assists the Chairperson of the HOPE Cape Town Trust.

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Sonia Daniels
HOPE to Home Coordinator

Sonia Daniels started to work at HOPE Cape Town in April 2010. She is the Care and Support Coordinator at the Paediatric Wards of the Tygerberg Hospital. Sonia counsels mothers and caregivers and does group talks on a number of HIV related subjects. Additionally, Sonia is also involved in the volunteer and elective student programme and works closely with the PR office of the Tygerberg Hospital.

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Dr. Ana Houston
HOPE Cape Town Doctor

Ana completed the required 2 year internship at the Pietermaritzburg Hospital Complex in KwaZulu Natal in 2007-2008. She then completed her community service year in Tintswalo Hospital, Mpumalanga, rotating through 6 months of Adult Internal Medicine (including TB wards, clinics and psychiatry) and 6 months in Accident & Emergency. After a short break to travel in South America, Ana took up a post as a Senior House Officer in paediatrics at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Cape Town, in 2010-2011. After completing her DCh, she moved to Michael Maphongwana Community Health Centre in Khayelitsha, where she practiced as a Family ARV Medical Officer from 2012-2014. During this time, she initiated the adolescent ARV service at the clinic. Ana took a month sabbatical to join an internship at the International House of Prayer, Kansas City, MO, USA in 2015. Upon returning from the States in October 2015, Ana joined the team at HOPE Cape Town as a part time Medical Officer.


Robyn Meissner
Occupational Therapist

Robyn graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc in Occupational Therapy in 2009. She has many years of experience in working and supporting the needs of children and families infected and affected by HIV. Her MSc dissertation (funded by the National Health Scholars Program) earned a distinction upon graduating in 2016 from the University of Cape Town. Robyn joined HOPE Cape Town in May 2017.

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Marlene Whitehead
Donor Relations Manager

Given her strong background in financial and programmes development and management, Marlene acted as a resource person to build capacity in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa’s (ACSA) dioceses in six Southern African countries from 1989 to 2008. Having received training and certification in Financial Management and Programmes Management from USAID in Washington DC, and with funding secured from USAID and DfID (UK), she headed the intermediary grant-making Board of ACSA and managed more than 900 community-based projects. Prior to being recruited by HOPE Cape Town, Marlene was employed as the Research and Development Officer at the Historic Schools Restoration Project where she worked closely with educationists at historically significant schools throughout South Africa and the Department of Basic Education at provincial and national government level. Marlene has served on various NPO boards which include the GOAL Trust, Fikelela, Braehead House Retirement Housing Trust and ACSA Pensions Board.

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Maria van Blerk
Social Worker

Maria completed her Hons BDiac (Social Work) in 1988. During her career, she worked as a Social Worker for the SANDF and PEN, a Pretoria based NGO. At PEN she specialized in therapy with children. She started working for HOPE Cape Town on a contract basis in 2013, and joined the HOPE Cape Town team as a permanent staff member in 2018. She focuses on the enablement and empowerment of vulnerable children.

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Dr. Samukelisiwe Nyamathe
HOPE Cape Town Doctor

Samke was born in Vereeniging and spent her childhood in the south of Johannesburg. She then came to Cape Town in 2010 for study purposes and graduated in 2015 as a Medical Doctor. Samke studied at the University of Cape Town between 2010 -2015 and graduated with her MBChB. In 2017 she obtained a Diploma in Public Health with the University of South Africa. Currently, she is completing her Masters in Maternal and Child Health through the University of the Witwatersrand. She completed her internship at the Far East Rand Hospital, Johannesburg in 2016-2017. She completed her community service training at South Rand Hospital, Johannesburg in 2018. She has worked with the Mmoho campaign under IBIS Reproductive Health to provide adolescents with sexual and reproductive healthcare media workshops and mentorship. In 2018 she began working with the Grow Great campaign under DGMT which provided women in underprivileged communities with antenatal classes to supplement their antenatal clinic visits. Her current passions lie in adolescent health services and youth mentorship, healthcare provision to marginalised populations and paediatric HIV.

Bonus Ndlovu

Bonus Ndlovu
M&E Officer

Bonus is a seasoned social justice activist with a strong passion for community development. He has spent the last 10 years in the development sector focusing on various issues in health, education, socio-economic justice, as well as climate and environmental justice. He enjoys reading and hiking, he thinks life is too short to drink cheap coffee and he was appointed as M&E officer in 2020, to support our Donor Relations Manager Marlene.

Charmaine Pillay

Charmaine Pillay
Financial Accountant

Charmaine was born in Durban. Before she moved to Cape Town she and her family lived in Gauteng and Tanzania. She worked with NGOs and Parastatal Finances for many years before she was appointed as Financial Accountant at HOPE Cape Town in 2020.

Eric Watlington

Eric Watlington
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Eric Watlington has been involved in the NGO sector for the past 11 years and comes with a strong background in Marketing and Communications. He is passionate about digital marketing and has a flare for “thinking out of the box”. In 2012 and 2013 he was nominated to represent South Africa in England & Canada respectively as part of a development team to strategize and develop a web-based app to help people all over the world gain better access to health care. He is also the proud founder of the “Lace-Up for Cancer” campaign which has been successful in raising funds and creating awareness for cancer for the past 7 years.

Andisiwe Mvelo

Andisiwe Mvelo
Office Administrator

Andisiwe grew up in Cape Town and speaks 6 of South Africa’s official languages. She worked at the University of Cape Town where she obtained various certificates in office administration. During her spare time, she is actively involved in community work in Philippi where she runs a feeding scheme.