Hospice Witwatersrand

Welcome to the Hospice Association of the Witwatersrand

A Brief History

Stan and Shirley Henen became actively involved with the Hospice concept in 1979 and began training caregivers and started operating from their home in Hurlingham, Sandton.

The Henens and a few loyal, enthusiastic volunteers began “marketing” the Hospice philosophy so much that by 1984 the first property in Houghton was purchased. A 5-6-bed in-patient unit and the Hospice pharmacy were opened. In 1987 the property adjoining the original house was purchased.

The first fundraising projects undertaken by Hospice took the form of direct appeals.

In 1983 the first paid member of staff was employed. By 1986, when Barbara Campbell-Ker joined as a volunteer, there were 16 paid members of staff.

In 1992/93 the original house was altered and enlarged to encompass the In-Patient Unit and Psychosocial services. The In-Patient Unit has a 10-11 bed facility.


Stan and Shirley worked selflessly and tirelessly to promote the Hospice movement. Stan Henen was a visionary and it was always his ideal to set up satellite Hospices in the underprivileged areas. His ideas, visions and hard work were certainly a major contribution toward placing the Hospice Association of the Witwatersrand on the map. Until he left in April 1992 he gave of himself unstintingly and his contribution was quite awesome.

The Hospice in Soweto began in 1989 with home-based care but today Soweto Hospice in the grounds of Mofolo Clinic is a very busy Hospice with a daily day care service, Hospice home care service and 8 bed In-Patient Unit.

Soweto Hospice also has a busy training schedule, training Community Care Workers to cope with the AIDS crisis in the community.