Dr Helena Nothnagel

Executive Director

Beacon of Care is led by Dr Helena Nothnagel who is a GP based in Ballito. After returning to South Africa from the UK, she volunteered at the Highway Hospice for 2 years, but moved to Ballito in 2013. In 2018 she completed a course: Palliative Care in Family Medicine through Stellenbosch University.

Ms Emily Mathe


Emily Mathe has been a professional nurse for 40 years. She also has a Diploma in Psychiatric nursing. She also has a Diploma in Nursing Education as well as HIV/Aids Management in the Workplace from Medunsa.

Dr Raksha Balbadhur

Medical Director

Dr Raksha Balbadhur graduated Cum Laude from UCT in 2001 and achieved her Diploma in Anaesthetics in 2004 with a post graduate diploma in palliative care in 2014 and then went on to do her masters degree in palliative care on dignity therapy for patients with advanced disease.

The Team

Sharon Hultzer


Kashiree Delomoney

Social Work Services

Vanessa De Beer

Bereavement Doula

Thandiwe Zungu


Rebecca Howie