Our Vision

is to act as an integral part of a welcoming and enabling environment where refugees are integrated within South Africa

Our staff

At the Cape Town Refugee Centre, our staff work tirelessly to provide the best services possible to our clients and to ensure our operations run smoothly and effectively. Each of our staff members come from different backgrounds and have unique stories. Here are a few brief summaries of them:


Rachel Bukasa

Finance Manager - (National)

Rene joined CTRC in 2008 as the Finance Officer. She previously worked in the private sector and has 20 years’ experience within Finance, Human Resources and Payroll administration. She holds a BCom in Industrial Psychology and Finance Management.

Office Administrator - (CTN)

Antoinette is originally from the Eastern Cape and has worked at the Cape Town Refugee Centre since 2009.   She assist the finance department and provide overall office administration support . She loves working at CTRC as she is always seeing and meeting new people from other countries

Receptionist - (CTN)

Alice’s came to South Africa from Rwanda when she was 1 year old, when her parents fled the violence and genocide in Rwanda 20 years ago. She’s the friendly face and voice of CTRC anytime you call or visit the organisation.  She is currently pursuing a BA degree in Psychology and criminology through the University of South Africa.

Registration Officer - (CTN)

Busi started with Cape Town Refugee Centre In April 2014 as a full-time Intern to complete the practical requirement to her Business Management Studies. She has proven herself as a dedicated and hardworking individual and has the ability to adapt to any of the program requirements in able to provide assistance.

Access Officer/Driver - (CTN) 

Stanley joined CTRC in 2002 and is the longest serving staff member. Stanley served in the South African Police Force (SAPS) for 3 years as a Police Constable in 1976 until 1979. In 1980, he joined the South African Defense Force (SADF) as a Private and in 1981 was promoted to a Non-Commission Officer (N.C.O) situated at the Eastern Caprivi border. In January 1982 until 1997 he joined the Municipal Police of the Cape Town City Council and attained the rank of Sergeant.

General Worker - (CTN)

Thandi is originally from the Eastern Cape and started with CTRC in 2009 on a part-time basis in housekeeping and general office duties. She became part of the permanent staff in 2011 and also assist the registration officer and Receptionist when assistance is required.

 Senior Social Worker - (Psychosocial Programme)

Amanda  joined CTRC in March 2015.  She previously worked at the Western Cape Cerebral Palsy Association (WCCPA) for 2 years  and for 7 years at The Deaf Community of Cape Town (DCCT).  Her areas of specialization include social work services to vulnerable individuals, HIV/Aids, disability and special needs. She Holds a Masters Degree in Social Work, obtained from The University of the Western Cape. Fluent in South African Sign Language (SASL) and is a registered Social worker Currently doing her doctorate in Social work on Refugees.

Child Protection Social Worker - (Psychosocial and Child care )

Thembela is registered with the South African Council for Social Service Professionals as a social worker and very passionate about children rights. She worked for St Anne’s Home for two years, ACVV Mitchell’s Plain for five years, FAMSA for a year, and has been at CTRC for 6 years. She’s is part of the Psychosocial team providing Counseling and Child Protection services. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at University of the Western Cape.

Social Worker - (Psychosocial and Child care - PE)

Zandile is a qualified Social Worker registered with the South African Council for Social Service Professionals, who gained extensive experience in case and group/community work at the Cape Town Drug Counseling centre, SANCA Western Cape and TB Care. 

Social Counselor - (Psychosocial and Social Cohesion - PE)

Fwamba joined CTRC in 2007 as the social counselor in CTN. He is fluent in Swahili, French, English, Portuguese and Lingala.  He is originally from the DRC and left his country of origin for South Africa over 20 years ago.  Fwamba  has a degree in Social Development and is currently pursuing his masters in Development Studies.

Community Development worker - (Social Cohesion and Education - CTN)

Linda has been at CTRC since 2009. Since then she attended many external courses such as Parenting and Leadership Training course at the Parent Centre, HIV/AIDS and TB with ATTIC and UCT’s SAFER Training on refugee rights. Linda is currently studying towards becoming a Auxiliary Social Worker, she started CTRC’s monthly support group for people infected and affected with HIV and AIDS and facilitates some of the parenting trainings at CTRC.

Program Co-ordinator - (Civic training and Social Cohesion)

Bea has a M.A degree in Psychology and a certificate in family therapy, in addition she completed continuing educated certificated courses in Advanced conflict analysis and transformation, Post conflict peace building, monitoring and evaluation, effective group management and sexual and reproductive health programming in refugee settings.She has more than 25 years of progressively responsible leadership, senior management and consultancy experience in national and international NGO's and UN agencies.  She has extensive experience in developing, consolidating and monitoring policies and systems in emerging and established organisations.  She is committed to inclusivity and respect for cultural diversity.