The Ixande Team

We consider that every member of our team plays an important role in assisting our clients through their treatment process. Each staff member is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive space to every person who makes Ixande his or her temporary home.


Flicky Gildenhuys

Honours Clinical Social Work (UCT) (Substance Abuse), FADAP U.K.

Flicky’s 15 years of counselling experience in the field of addiction has contributed towards Ixande’s treatment philosophy and ethos, which incorporates the wealth of the clinical team’s experience as well as evidence based addiction treatment methods.

Ted Hands

After a career in music Ted moved to Cape Town from Europe and started Ixande in 2010, with the vision of providing opportunities for 12-Step recovery to alcoholics and addicts from all over the world.

Client Testimonial

“I’m Greg and I’m an alcoholic. I spent 3 months at Ixande, I have no doubt that those 3 months saved my life and changed my life for the better. The care and attention that I received from the staff was like nothing I had experienced before. It was for me a life changing experience that I will never forget. For those considering where/if to check yourself in, please do go to Ixande. If you’d like further details on my experience just call Ixande and ask for my number, I’d be happy to speak to you.”

Greg, South Africa

Clinical Team

Judy Dutlow

Clinical and Operations Manager

Judy has worked in the field of psychiatry with dual diagnosis and addiction for the past 16 years.  Her many years of clinical experience include heading up treatment facilities, supervision and training.


Andre Le Roux

Registered Social Worker

Andre has worked in the addiction field on a management level for more than 25 years in a broad variety of inpatient & outpatient settings.  Andre heads up our Gambling Unit and Sex and Love addiction Unit, as well as our Family Programme.

Ielhaam Petersen-Barby

Counselling Diploma (SACAP) Honours in Psychology HPSCA (present)

Ielhaam brings her many years of experience and understanding of the 12 step programme and empathy for those still suffering to provide insightful help and understanding for our clients.

Ntsikelelo Mxokozeli

Registered Social Worker

Ntsikelelo developed an interest in working in addiction treatment during his years training as a social worker.  He brings years of experience working in this demanding field, and focuses on the positive outcomes of addiction treatment.

Finance and Admin

Dawn Peterson

Finance Controller and Admissions

Dawn has 25 years of business experience including accounting and payroll.  Her calm demeanour is a welcome face for new admissions.

Nursing Team

Elliet Kahari


As director of the nursing team, Elliet uses her many years of broad based clinical registered nursing experience to identify both the medical and emotional needs of her patients.

Ruth Maqasha 

Registered Enrolled Nursing Assistant S.A.N.C.

Our highly experienced night nurses ably provide professional 24 hour nursing care, and amongst other duties, facilitate the evening programme as well as help those who struggle during the night.

Akhona Malotona

Registered Nurse S.A.N.C.

Our highly experienced night nurses ably provide professional 24 hour nursing care, and amongst other duties, facilitate the evening programme as well as help those who struggle during the night.


Carolynne Small

Registered Enrolled Nursing Assistant S.A.N.C.

Our day nurses priority is to ensure the safety and well being of the clients at all times.  Observation and detailed note taking allow for close supervision of our clients during Detox and daily activities.

Housekeeping Team

Joan Frans

Housekeeping Manager

Joan our Kitchen Manager brings to Ixande her experience of many years from the catering industry.

Constance Rollom   and  Olwethu Pali

Our cheerful housekeepers work hard to create a refreshing environment for our clients.  They ably assist with making Ixande a temporary home from home and are often seen chatting with clients, cleaning duties put aside just for the moment.

Client Care

Vaughan Smith

House Manager

Vaughan’s many years of 12 Step recovery and work experience in the field of addiction has laid a foundation for the astute guidance that Vaughan has provided to those struggling to come to terms with the challenges of recovery.

Umar Adams

Programme Facilitator

Umar’s role as a trained programme facilitator incorporates his training as a recovery assistant alongside his own personal 12 Step recovery.  Umar assists clients with integration into the 12 Step Fellowship and the implementation of their recovery plans. 

Guy Langenhoven

Client Care Manager

Guy has worked in the recovery sector for 10 years as a Recovery Assistant & night manager.  He has used his experience from his own recovery (clean & sober for 16 years) to inform his work & ascribes his continued sobriety to his on going participation in the 12 step fellowship.

Sober Living

Rita Graham

Sober Living

Rita’s many years of experience of guest house management and warm and motherly nature, provides our clients with 24/7 ongoing guidance and care at Sober Living in Muizenberg.

Jan Louw

Assistant Sober Living Manager

Jan Louw brings his recovery expertise and zest for the outdoors to encourage our clients with their own recovery.  Jan is our assistant Manager at Ixande Sober Living and helps out with Client Care.

Complimentary Therapies

Lauren Joubert

Yoga Teacher

Through Lauren’s personal experience in 12 Step Recovery and her dedication to sharing yoga, she creates a safe, supportive and fun environment for clients to learn the art of deep relaxation and to develop suppleness and strength.

Amy Melhuish

MA Drama and Movement Therapy (RCSSD,UK)

After graduating with her MA in Drama and Movement Therapy she began her work within the fields of addiction and recovery. Amy believes in the powerful tool of story and storytelling and incorporates this within her sessions to help clients find other ways of expressing themselves

Frances Ward

Trauma Release Exercise Practitioner

Frances Ward is a registered counsellor and has been working for over a decade specializing in Addiction and Trauma. The holistic nature of her TRE work aims to help the clients find healing by treating the body and mind with equal importance.


Restorative Yoga

Claire’s key areas of teaching are breath, meditation, postural integrity and alignment, use of the 8 limbs of yoga, and remedial yoga adjustments in order to heighten inner contentment and healing from within.



Consulting & Supervising Team

Dr Konrad Czech 

Consultant Psychiatrist

MB BCh (Wits), F.C. Psych (SA)

Consultant psychiatrist to Ixande, Dr. Konrad Czech attends to any psychiatric needs on the programme. He consults on a number of psychiatric programmes, and has previously worked abroad in Europe and Australia. He works in a private practice in Claremont.

 Dr Duncan Laurensen

Consulting General Practitioner


Duncan has worked extensively in the addiction treatment field since 1999. He holds medical responsibility for patient admissions, detoxification and all physical aspects of addiction treatment.

Peter Powis

Clinical Supervision, Staff Support

MA Clinical Psychology

Peter has 25 years experience as a psychotherapist and addictions recovery therapist. He has worked in diverse settings in the past, which include Director at the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre, at a Private Hospital treating addiction. He consults at Ixande, both as a supervisor of individuals as well as facilitating the staff support sessions.

 Shan Biesman-Simons

Shân is a registered Dietitian and has worked as a senior dietitian at Groote Schuur Hospital, Lectured at Florida International University.  Shan provides our eating disorder clients with nutritional guidance and supervision.



Corrie Davidson

Staff Supervision
Sex Addiction Programme Facilitator

MA in Clinical Social Work, UCT., Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT)

Corrie facilitates the sex addiction programme, and is one of the only four CSAT trained therapists in South Africa. She has a private practice and is involved with various treatment facilities, providing training, supervision and group facilitation to professional and lay counsellors