Hello and goodbye

Nursing sisters Rumay Oosthuizen and Thandi Sililo.

Sister Rumay Oosthuizen has been an integral part of Helderberg Hospice since February 2010, and it is with appreciation, sadness, and with a grateful heart that the hospice family has to bid her farewell.

Sister Oosthuizen has always been a pillar of strength, hard work, dedication and commitment in the nursing fraternity of the Helderberg basin, and especially the staff and patients of Helderberg Hospice.

She started her journey at Helderberg Hospice as a sister in the 24-hour support unit, and also worked as a home care sister.

She quickly worked her way up and was appointed nursing services manager in June 2014.

She is taking a well-deserved break, and is wished well in all future endeavours, and her wisdom and knowledge will be missed as she ends her 47-year career.

Helderberg Hospice welcomes another special woman to their family. Sister Thandi Sililo joined the organisation in mid-July as the new nursing services manager, and brings with her a wealth of knowledge, experience and a compassionate, caring heart.

Sister Sililo has been working in the NGO sector since 2003, where she was the nursing manager at Cotlands, a paediatric hospice in Somerset West.

Until recently she was project manager of the ThembaCare Grabouw Hospice which is part of the Thembalitsha Foundation in the Western Cape, and held this position for the past 12 years.

She did most of her schooling in Zambia, where she completed her nursing training and then worked in Birmingham in the United Kingdom as a nursing sister at a 50-bed frail-care center, before moving to Cape Town.

She currently serves on the board of the Western Cape Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA), and is also a board member of Green Shoots, an educational NGO.

Helderberg Hospice welcomes Sr Thandi and looks forward to sharing this new chapter of her life.