About Us | Oasis Association

Our Purpose

Oasis began as Oasis Special School in 1952, providing education for learners with intellectual disability who were excluded from mainstream schooling. As the children grew older, there was the challenge of where they would be able to work, with many failed attempts to place them into the formal job market. In response, we opened the Oasis Protective Workshop, a supportive environment where the children could transition from school into a job.

Over the years, other projects and services for people with Intellectual disability have been added, and today Oasis is one of the largest and most impactful organisations of its kind, not just in the Western Cape but nationally.

our impact

We are proud of all we have achieved, and grateful for the constant support from donors, friends and partners. They help us achieve some truly remarkable impact:

370 young people and adults with intellectual disability working in the Recycling, Bakery and other projects
A developmental programme for 90 children with severe and intellectual disability
Over 500 businesses we collect recycling from each month
160 tons of waste processed each month
56% of annual income self-generated
520 beneficiaries in all centres

Management Team

Administrative Staff

Gail Bester
Executive Director

Enih Sone
Finance Manager

Jackie Sias
Human Resources

Blessing Tsiga

Alec Abrahamas
Transport and Property manager

Programme Staff

Social Workers
Geraldine Symons
Lauren Lee Hefele
Lourika Rossouw

Filicity September
Day Centre Coordinator

Beverly Damons
Workshops Manager

Pila Gcwabe
Claremont Workshop Coordinator

Finola Hughes
Elsies River Workshop Coordinator

Gail Davids
Services Manager

Income Generating Projects Staff

Recycling Manager
Beraldine Jagers

Claremont Shop Acting Manager
Aisley Koeberg

Pinelands Shop Manager
Diane Bester

Our Board of Management

Mrs Rosemary de Waal
Mr Bill Cox
Mrs Miranda M.J. Forshaw
Mr Ayanda Mqela
Ms Thokozile Radebe

Mr Sarel van der Merwe

Vice Chairperson
Ms Cara Loening

Mr Pieter Bredell Brink