Objectives and Aims of the Organisation
The Association is a non-profit organisation established for the following public benefit objectives:

  • To provide for the diagnosis, treatment, care, training and employment for persons with Cerebral Palsy.
  • To advise, support, train and counsel parents and guardians in the care of their dependents with Cerebral Palsy.
  • To coordinate clinics, care centres, residences, work centres, places of employment and social development services for persons with Cerebral Palsy.
  • To promote and assist in research into all aspects of Cerebral Palsy.
  • To provide public awareness and education on all aspects of Cerebral Palsy.
  • To coordinate the work of its different projects and interest groups for the promotion of holistic care for persons with Cerebral Palsy.
  • To advocate and lobby for the rights of persons with Cerebral Palsy in terms of the constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
  • To raise funds needed for the implementation of the aforesaid objects in such a manner as the Board may deem fit, including the borrowing of funds.

Download the 2014 Annual Report here.

Members of the Board

Chairperson – Mr. MN Osman Chartered Insurer
Vice-Chairperson – Mr. LA Muller Business Owner
Treasurer – Mr. O Shaboodien Business Owner
Mr. G Branca WCCPA Service User
Ms. Z Diniso Special Needs Educator
Mrs. G Essop Retired LSEN School Principal
Mr. M Kabat Parent of a person with Cerebral Palsy
Dr. N Langerak Physiotherapist
Mrs. A Myles Retired Physiotherapist
Mrs. M Nhlapo Parent of a person with Cerebral Palsy
Mr. W Richards Parent of a person with Cerebral Palsy
Dr. S van Bever Donker Medical Doctor

Head Office:

  • Jody Burger
  • Marcia Chigumera
  • Hilary Halladey
  • Gadija Koopman (Director)
  • Nolan Mathews
  • Joy Singleton
  • Gillian Zerf
  • Fezeka Ziswana

Cerebral Palsy Clinic:

  • Gina Battersby
  • Ann Bullen
  • Ellen De Villiers
  • Esther Geretto
  • Tina Kirkby
  • Ndileka Makhohliso
  • Debbie Mobbs
  • Gerda Quinn
  • Thania Salie
  • Jamie Sareli
  • Faiza Toefy
  • Zainab Vaggie
  • Ingrid Vriend
  • Kirsty Williams

De Heide Special Care Centre

  • Vanessa Assur
  • Beverley Biem
  • Gareth Emery
  • Aqeelah Hartley
  • Lenaudia Laberdien
  • Fatima Lewis
  • Ntombizine Madenyuka
  • Neville Morgan
  • Faitma Shaboodien (Centre Manager)

Rosedon House

  • Fowzia Achmat
  • Nicolette Ahmed
  • Elizabeth Alexander
  • Eunice Eleni
  • Dorothy Ely
  • Shirley Gertse
  • Henrietta Hendricks
  • Sulaiman Jaffer
  • Rintie Kamfer
  • Jean Knaggs (Centre Manager)
  • Gloria Madikwa
  • Julia Mescheck
  • Darlyn Nicolaai
  • Amanda Nyaba
  • Karen Rayners
  • Mildred Sagewis
  • Michael Sauls
  • Belinda September
  • Susan Stuart
  • Xoliswa Stuurman
  • Alan Todd
  • Eleeze van Standen
  • Gertrude Walaza

The Village Work Centre

  • Jenny Alexander (Centre Manager)
  • Ann Cloete
  • Marie Felix
  • Pamela Mbeki
  • Noel Mullins
  • Jeanette Notuku
  • Andrew Phillips
  • Zelda Rousseau
  • Jacoby Shadbolt
  • Raymond Stevens
  • Clifford Williams

Historical Development
In 1952 parents of children with cerebral palsy identified the need for the assessment, treatment and education of their children.

One of the parents Mr. Emil Riese travelled to London to research the facilities there. On his return the Cape Province Cerebral Palsy Association was established with the purpose of opening the Vista Nova School for children with cerebral palsy.

During the ensuing 10 years the school expanded and moved onto the property where it is currently situated.
In 1967 a clinic was established at Red Cross Hospital, providing therapeutic intervention for children with cerebral palsy.

The clinic under the management of Dr Gladys Beinart and Dr Leila Arens together with a team of therapists, was as a unique collaboration between the hospital and the CP Association. This collaboration continues to this day and is acknowledged as a best practice model for therapeutic intervention for children with cerebral palsy.
In 1970 the Cape Province CP Association’s name was changed to the Western Cape Cerebal Palsy Association (WCCPA).

Between 1972 and 1976 a social work service was started, Vista Nova School expanded further, Eros School started in Wynberg , Bluegum Training Centre and Heideveld Training Centre started in Heideveld and the Rosedon Work Centre was established. The WCCPA also started with a subsidisation of children with cerebral palsy at Tembaletu School in Guguletu.

The schools and Training Centres established by the WCCPA have subsequently been taken over by the Western Cape Education Department as Schools for Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN)

In 1984 following a needs assessment by the Cerebal Palsy Clinic, and the social work department the De Heide Special Care Centre was established in Heideveld and subsequently moved to its current premises in Harfield Village.

In 1990 Rosedon House, a residential facility for adults with cerebral palsy was completed and the Palms Work Centre was opened.

The WCCPA continues to operate the Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Red Cross Hospital, De Heide Special Care Centre, Rosedon House, the Social Work Services Programme and the Village Work Centre in Harfield Village (an amalgamation of the Rosedon Work Centre and the Palms Work Centre) as projects that provide much needed services to children and adults with cerebral palsy.