Supporting Catholic Health Care in Southern Africa

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Catholic Health Care Association
of South Africa

The Catholic Health Care Association (CATHCA) – “Compassionate health care in the service of Christ.”

Our vision is to enable the provision of accessible high-quality holistic health care services in Southern Africa, especially rural and marginalised communities, in the spirit of service of Christ.

Our mission is to affirm, develop, support and strengthen both individual health care workers and an evolving Catholic health care network, in cooperation with all other health care role-players.

CATHCA is the associate body for health of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). It was founded in 1987 to support then-existing Catholic hospitals, serving as a voice for them, providing opportunities for networking and capacity-building, acting as a resource for government health policy, guidelines and strategy and sharing information on health issues. It continues to play this role for Catholic healthcare organisations and individual Catholic health workers throughout the region today.

CATHCA supports Catholic healthcare institutions, organisations and healthcare workers who make up the Catholic healthcare network in Botswana, South Africa and Swaziland.

These include hospices, orphan and vulnerable children programmes, home-based care projects, primary health clinics and care for the elderly programmes, as well as diocesan and parish health ministry projects.

CATHCA is managed by a Board of Management while the day to day affairs are run by a National Office team based in Johannesburg. It is registered as a Non-Profit organisation (NPO) with the Department of Social Development and as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) with the SA Revenue Services (SARS). It has a Level 1 B-BBEE rating and can offer local tax payers a tax benefit for donations.







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Our Committed Team

CATHCA is run from our offices in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
If you would like to contact any of the team, please email us.

Thomas Joseph


Thomas Joseph started as the new Director of CATHCA in January 2019. He worked for over thirty years with non-profit organizations at local, national and international levels in the field of social and economic rights. He has served as Country Director in South Africa and Lesotho with CARE USA and in Kenya and Ethiopia with ActionAid International. Thomas has also served as International Director, Organizational Effectiveness with ActionAid. More recently, he worked for the World Health Organization’s Global TB Programme, Geneva, Switzerland, as its Team Leader for Community Engagement.
Thomas has an MBA from India and a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Oxford. He completed PhD level coursework in public policy from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He says, “The work of community-based health care providers is vital and needs to be better recognized and supported. I believe CATHCA can play an important role through capacity building, networking and advocacy.”

Margaret Madisha

Finance Manager

Mpontsheng Margaret Madisha, joined CATHCA in 2018 as a Finance Officer and holds a National Diploma: Finance and Accounting  (Public). She is furthering her studies by doing Bcom: Financial Management. Margaret previously worked at the SACBC (Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference) 
“I’m very excited to join CATHCA team.”

Bonginkosi Mthembu

Project Manager

Bonginkosi Mthembu joined CATHCA as a Project Manager in 2016. Joining CATHCA from TAC, where he worked for more than 10 years and held numerous positions such as: Provincial Prevention and Treatment Literacy Coordinator, Provincial Organizer, Provincial Capacity Building Officer, and the National Skills Development and Capacity Building Officer. 
He holds a Certificate in Access to Medicine and Intellectual Property Rights and also holds an Advanced Project Management Certificate.
“CATHCA is where you will find faith-based healing and spiritual guidance.”

Elsa Chinembiri

Training Manager

Elsa’s experience includes working in the HIV and AIDS, gender-based violence and community health sectors, she possesses an Honours Degree in Resources Management and is an accredited facilitator who has specialised in extensive community capacity-building activities.
She is furthering her studies in the field of Psychology.

Jane Sutherland–Dadds


Jane joined CATHCA in July 2016 as an Administrator and gives support in various ways to the CATHCA team.  Before joining CATHCA, she spent 15 years in the Human Resources field, 9 of them as an HR Manager at Sasol Oil.  

Tinashe Mandikonza

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Tinashe Mandikonza is a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer who has been with CATHCA for three years and is experienced in maintaining monitoring systems for CATHCA programmes through the creation of monitoring plans, logframes, theory of change and measuring the impact. Her journey with CATHCA has been a great learning curve for she also gained project management skills and is now an accredited assessor and facilitator. Working in a faith-based organisation has also taught her that being of service to others is the ultimate gift that one can offer especially in helping people in our marginalised community health circles.

Loek Goemans


Loek joined as an Administrator at CATHCA in March 2000. In 2011 she semi-retired and focuses on the CATHCA archives and various projects that are not on other staff members’ schedules. 
Prior to her 15 years at CATHCA, she worked in the Archdiocese of Durban as the Justice and Peace coordinator from 1978 to 1993. 

“It was a great privilege to work with Archbishop Hurley, one of the unsung heroes and saints of South Africa.”

Melese Tumato Shula

Pastoral Care Officer

My name is Melese Tumato Shula.  I am a manager for diocesan health and welfare projects at CATHCA. I am a registered member of SAAP (the Southern African Association for Pastoral work). 
I joined CATHCA towards the end of 2015.

Kgomotso Pitso

Admin Assistant

Kgomotso joined CATHCA in 2017 as an Office Administrator Assistant and keeps CATHCA database up to date and provides support for the programmes run by the organisation. 
She has worked at Catholic Relief Services/CRS/SA, and other NGO’s in Gauteng e.g. Community Education Computer Society and she still loves to volunteer in her spare time, especially in the field of computer training.

“My experience working in a non-profit environment has taught me how to build strong relationships with all the departments at all organisations I worked for.  I am grateful about joining CATHCA and the opportunities it provides to the disadvantaged communities.”

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