The Ramot Team
Ramot’s dedicated team of professionals have been compiled to deal with the various aspects of addiction and include the following:
Johannes Janse van Rensburg
Miemie van der Ryst: Bookkeeper
Miemie keeps all the balances in check!
Gerda Wittert: Debtors Clerk
Gerda traded Cape Town for Gauteng for 13 years and got to know life in the fast lane. Seeing as this resembles her personality she enjoyed the challenge immensely.
When she returned to Cape Town she worked at a union for 19 years. She has been working at Ramot for the past 4 years and enjoys her work. Gerda also liaises with all medical aids.
Carmen James: Receptionist
Carmen was born Cape Town but grew up in Aberdeen (Eastern Cape) where she matriculated at Aberdeen Secondary School in 2009.
She studied at Boston City Campus in George were she obtained a Diploma in the Office Assistant Course. She has been doing part-time work, until she was offered the position as receptionist at Ramot. She wants to be an independent, successful person and being at Ramot provides her with a good start to her career. She enjoys singing and reading.
Daphne Benjamin: Administrator: Therapeutic Services
Daphne Benjamin is the administration assistant for therapeutic services, having previously worked at SANCA in Durbanville. She was born in Port Elizabeth but grew up in Cape Town and completed a Secretarial Diploma through Cape Town School of Commerce and has since worked as an Administrative Secretary throughout her career.
Having grown up in a community where substance abuse was part of the every day way of life, she decided to start working in the field about 2 ½ years ago. Daphne is a single mother to her daughter and grandson who still lives with her.
Sr Charlotte Pietersen
Charlotte completed her training in 2006 at the Western Cape College of Nursing and began working in 2007 in the psychiatric department at Stikland Hospital. She joined Ramot in February 2014 as a Registered Nurse.
Sr Christie Goosen
Was voorheen jare in diens van Badisa programme. Het vir die Medi-Clinic groep gewerk, voordat sy vir 7 jaar in Saudi-Arabie by die Royal Commission hospital werksaam was.
Yvonne Damon: Nursing Assistant
Yvonne was born in Elsies River. In 1980 she received her training at Valkenberg Hospital as a nursing assistant. Valkenberg Hospital is a psychiatric hospital. She worked the day and night shift. In 2007 Yvonne started working at Ramot.
Laurika Beukes: Carer
Laurika Beukes received her training at the Rapha Institute and gained experience at the Beaconvale Community Frail Care Center.
Freda James: Registered Nursing Assistant
Freda has completed her registered nursing assistant training at Eben Donges Hospital in Worcester. Thereafter she worked as a private nurse and as a receptionist at a GP. She also worked for ELCARE Home nursing services and Othello Retirement Village.
During 2014 she joined Ramot Rehabilitation Centre and was appointed as nursing assistant in January 2015. She is married and has one son. She loves animals, especially cats.
Linda Marine Jacobs: Caregiver
Linda (Caregiver) completed her caregiver course at Mountain View Training Facility in Stellenbosch. She worked for a year at a private facility with oncology patients.
She was appointed at Ramot as caregiver during August 2014. She is married and has two daughters and a son. She likes sports, gardening and pets.
Erna Louw recently became apart of the Ramot team as the Creativity Mentor. Erna holds a teaching qualification and was also involved with the ATKV earlier in her career. She is a full-time artist and teaches our patients about the value of recreation in sobriety.
Erna Louw, 'n lange dame met 'n baie bree glimlag, neem tans waar in Ramot se kreatiwiteitsafdeling, nadat Germarie Vermeulen einde verlede jaar afgetree het. Ons hetgesels met Erna en meer oor haar agtergrond en haar passie vir skilder te wete gekom.
Erna is in Johannesburg gebore en het in Natal grootgeword. Sy het aan Hoërskool Dirkie Uys gematrikuleer en daarna ‘n onderwysdiploma en HOD verwerf. Sy was Skoolhoof by Bergville Pre-primêre Skool en het by verskeie skole oor haar loopbaan van 20 jaar skoolgehou, waarvan nege jaar by ‘n skool vir hardhorendes in Pretoria. Sy was ook onder meer vir 4 jaar by die ATKV werksaam en Kuns en Kultuur is dus diep by haar verweef.
In 2007, met die afsterwe van haar man, het sy Gauteng vir die Kaap verruil. Sy het twee kinders, Jaco en Marie. Jaco is 'n Uitvoerende Sjef by die Akademie vir Sport en Marie is 'n Finansiële Bestuurder by Fairlands. Erna is ook die trotse ouma van twee kleinkinders, onderskeidelik 2 en 7 jaar oud.
Sedert Erna in die mooie Kaap woon, skilder sy voltyds en het aanvanklik op ‘n aflosbasis by Ramot betrokke geraak. Sy sê sy geniet dit die meeste om mense te inspireer om kreatief te wees, om hulle weg te neem uit hul normale dag tot dag roetine en uit hul gemaksones te lei, ten einde nuwe horisonne te verken. Dit is vir haar ongelooflik om die kort tyd waar te neem waarin mense hulle stukkende lewens moet optel en van voor af moet begin en die beloning is om weer die vreugdelig te sien skyn in hulle oë.
Erna se gunstelinge:
- Skilder is 'n passie en sy bied ook aandklasse op dié gebied
- Hoender wrap
- Alan Paton – Too Late the Phalarope
- Enige Animasie Fliek
- Sy sou graag Ierland wou besoek ten einde die Ierse platteland te skilder
Admissions Co-ordinator/Social Worker
Enya van Zyl
Enya was born in Zimbabwe and obtained her BA degree in Social Work from the Stellenbosch University. Years later, she obtained a degree in Demographics at the University of Pretoria, a Diploma in Human Resources at the University of Technology in Cape Town and a Senior Management Diploma at the Stellenbosch Business School.
She opened an office for the Northern Transvaal Cripples Association and established a home for disabled persons and paraplegics. Her experience lead her to the family-planning and population development field as Deputy Director at their head office in Pretoria.
She was also a flight attendant and was fortunate to travel and explore the world, while also contributing to one of her interests.
Enya operated a guest house in Greyton, then moved to Great Constantia Estate and work for the Iziko Museum in Cape Town as Assistant Director at Human Resources.
She was appointed as Director of Safeline at the City Mission and worked with abused children administering play therapy.
For the last six years she's been a social worker at Ramot and assists the therapeutic team with assessments, admissions and aftercare.
Graylene Gelderbloem was born and raised in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth. She matriculated at Collegiate Girls’ High School and thereafter attended The University of Cape Town where she completed her Bachelors degree in Social Work.
During her time at university, she completed practical assignments at various organizations. She is a newly qualified Social Worker and started off her career at Christelike Afhanklikheids Diens (CAD) which is an aftercare organization working with those who have left the rehabilitation centre and thereafter she moved on to the Disability sector and went on to work for The Western Cape Cerebral Palsy Association (WCCPA).
She is planning to do her postgraduate degree in addiction in order for this to be her field of specialization.
Pieter obtained his B.A. and B.Th. degrees and has served as a minister for 24 years in four congregations of the Dutch Reformed Church. He loves spending time in nature, sport, reading and music - from Bach to the Beatles! He has been working at Ramot since July 2005 as pastoral therapist.
He facilitates group and individual sessions and can testify that most of the patients that come to Ramot show a need for some form of spiritual guidance, despite their religion or denomination. Here they can be guided in a sensitive way to stand up from the darkness and start living a new and purpose-driven life.
Naas is originally from Johannesburg where he studied at the Rand Afrikaans University. He is a registered clinical and counseling psychologist.
Naas worked for eight years as an officer psychologist in the South African Military Medical Service. His experience in psychological consultations entails; stress-related disorders, affective disorders, substance abuse (patients who have lost limbs due to active military service or civilian accidents), working with families of serving members, screening / selection and training of serving members, and management of military psychology service within a geographic area.
He was in private practice for several years with a focus on adults with affective disorders, career counseling, couples / partners with relationship problems (marital therapy).