24 January 2021


The full webinar recording goes through presentations by :

  • Juanita Arendse, Chief Director Emergency & Clinical Services Support for the Western Cape.
  • Emmanuel Luyirika, Executive Director of the African Palliative Care Association (APCA).
  • Nancy Mini, professional nurse with 35 years’ experience in diverse fields in including midwifery and public health. She has recently completed the University of Cape Town’s Post Graduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine.
  • Mark Heywood, a South African human rights and social justice activist and co-founding editor of Maverik Citizen.
  • Tersia Burger, CEO of Stepping Stones Hospice in Alberton and a board member of The Association of Palliative Care Centres (APCC).
  • Shivani Ranchod, a healthcare actuary and co-founder and CEO of Percept – a trans-disciplinary consulting firm – and the co-founder of Aligned, a company that offers end-to-end, value-based financing solutions for the optimal management of complex patients.
  • Glenda Gray, a physician, scientist and activist and the first female president of the South African Medical Research Council

Click on below to watch the webinar.

For Juanita Arendse’s presentation, click here

For Emmanuel Luyirika’s presentation, click here

For Tersia Burger’s presentation, click here

26 January 2021



Dr Thobeka Nkomo, the former Head of Wits’ School of Social Work hosted Dr Nelia Drenth, a social worker in private practice with deep expertise in supporting grief and loss.

Dr Drenth, who is also a part-time lecturer at North-West University, made a compelling case for why palliative care should be integrated into undergraduate and postgraduate Social Work curricula and shared her experience supporting patients and families who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr Drenth’s presentation is available by clicking here.

Dr Skowronska, the CEO of the APCC also presented and her presentation is available here.




23 and 27 MARCH



The Association of Palliative Care Centres (APCC) has partnered with the Sustainability Institute to offer an exploratory series of four free events that are focused on the theme of ‘Living With Loss’.

The Online Introduction Sessions are free and open to all and outline what the series will entail.  If, after learning more, you are keen to participate in the four events that kick off in June 2021 and run until March 2022, you are invited to submit your application to us.

This series aims to broaden conversations around loss. Together we will explore personal and planetary loss and how we can live wholeheartedly and purposefully because of our experiences of grief, and not despite them.

The series is carefully designed by Bridget Woods of Fireglow Consulting to open space for a personal and collective journey into sorrow – both its pain and its gifts.  It is an opportunity for healing, learning to truly live with loss and for bringing that capacity to a wider world that is grappling with loss at multiple levels.

Our explorations will draw on Joanna Macy’s framework for the Work that Reconnects which, in her words, “helps people discover and experience their innate connections with each other and the self-healing powers of the web of life, transforming despair and overwhelm into inspired, collective action”.

The four stages of this work are:

  1. Coming from gratitude
  2. Owning and honouring our own pain
  3. Seeing with new/ ancient eyes
  4. Going forth

Spaces for the full series are restricted to 30 people only and all applications will be considered. Each of the four, free, in-person events will take place in the Stellenbosch/ Drakenstein region and run from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays in June 2021, September 2021, December 2021 and March 2022.

To find out more about the series and our application criteria, you are invited to join one of the two Online Introduction Sessions. Please click on the link that says REGISTER to sign up for the date and time that suits you best:

Tuesday, 23rd March (18:00 – 20:00) http://bit.ly/3sXa279
Saturday 27th March (11:00 – 13:00) http://bit.ly/309NPWM

Please note that registration for one of the two Introduction Session opportunities will close on Monday 22 March at midnight.

For more information about the series and our Introduction Session, please contact either leigh@apcc.org.za or vanessa@sustainabilityinstitute.net