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.


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.

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.

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.

Marcelle Wijnberg 

Registered Social Worker

Marcelle has worked in various treatment settings as a senior counsellor and brings her interest in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, particularly with regard to emotional regulation and mindfulness.


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.

Widaad Benjamin


Widaad has 15 years of administration and business experience, working in both finance and in real estate.

Rita Graham

Sober Living and Admin

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.

Nursing Team

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.

Carolynne Small

Registered Enrolled Nursing Assistants 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.

Kyle Ockhuis

Programme Facilitator

Kyle’s friendly nature and own 12-Step recovery serves him well in caring for our clients from transporting them safely to appointments or to/from the airport, as well as settling clients during admission.

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.

Markus van de Westhuizen


Markus has been practicing and teaching Reiki since he obtained his Master level in 2005.  Marcus has been working with at Ixande since its inception.

Natalie Buley

Art Psychotherapist and Mindfulness teacher

After completing her Fine Art and Psychology undergrad, Natalie studied Art Psychotherapy at Sheffield University, UK. For the past 15 years she has been working primarily in the field of Addiction and Relapse Prevention. Her interest is facilitating clients to find meaningful expressions for their difficulties, challenges, hopes and fears.

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.

Erica Whyte


Erica is a passionate gardener and environmentalist, with long-term experience of people in recovery, fostering her belief that spending time close to nature plays an important role in the ongoing recovery process.

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