Catherine Pitt (left), new principal of  Sinethemba Special Care Centre in Masiphumelel , and Celeste Abrahams, (right), outgoing principalLocal Fish Hoek resident Catherine Pitt has been appointed as Principal of the Sinethemba Special Care Centre in Masiphumelele from July 2013.

Sinethemba is the main project of Fish Hoek – Kommetjie – Noordhoek Welfare Association (FHKNWA). FHKNWA focuses on working with people with special needs in the Simon’s Town Magisterial District, specifically in Masiphumelele and Ocean View. The area also incorporates Simon’s Town, Red Hill, Scarborough, Kommetjie, Sunnydale, Glencairn, Noordhoek and Fish Hoek.

There is a great need in this district for specialised care for children and families facing the adversities of living with a family member with special needs. The optimum normal development of a young person is that much more of a challenge for one with a disability like Cerebral Palsy, FAS, Down Syndrome to name but a few – and the mountains that parents face are huge. Sinethemba Special Care Centre is a day care centre in Masiphumelele, providing care for children with severe and profound special needs.
Sinethemba Special Care Centre and the Association offer:
• Day Care for children with special needs
• Counselling
• Recreational activities
• Public Education towards inclusion
• Community outreach
• Creative Stimulation Programmes
• Transport to and from Sinethemba Special Care Centre for children enrolled at Sinethemba
• Adult and youth groups with special needs
• Transference of care skills
• Exercise, Occupational Therapists
• Parent support


According to CEO of FHKNWA, Lezanne Raath, “Catherine’s experience and commitment to parents and children facing incredible challenges in our communities will be an asset to the work of Sinethemba going forward. We welcome her to the team in her new role as Principal and look forward to her leadership.”


Catherine (Occupational Therapist by training) continues her family’s involvement in support of those with special needs. Her mother, Joyce Chevalier, was the driving force behind the establishment of the Joyce Chevalier Centre for the Handicapped. Cath hopes to play a meaningful role with Sinethemba, supporting the vision for a safe and fair South Africa with freedom for life-long education that creates opportunities, independence, acceptance, health and well-being for people with special needs and their families. Part of her role will be to assist Lezanne with fundraising towards the running costs of Sinethemba – an invaluable role within any NPO.


The Association would like to take this opportunity to thank Celeste Abrahams for her contributions to Sinethemba Special Care Centre as principal since her appointment in July 2008. Celeste and her family will be re-locating and the Association would like to wish Celeste all the best for her future endeavours.


For more information, contact: Sinethemba Special Care Centre on 021 785 5389/7398, Catherine Pitt, Jackie Smit, Lezanne Raath