Friends of Valkenberg Trust

Supporting Recovery



The Friends of Valkenberg takes good governance very seriously. We subscribe to the Independent Code of Good Governance for NPO’s as we believe we have a responsibility to our stakeholders to make a measurable impact in the most accountable manner possible.

Legal Status: Charitable Trust, Public Benefit Organisation, Non Profit Organisation
NPO number: 030-235-NPO

Sec 18A status 
Master’s Ref. No. IT 5114/97

Street Address: Observatory Road, Observatory
Postal Address: P O Box 13566, MOWBRAY, 7705
Telephone number: 021 447 2092
Fax number: 086 6102414

PBO number: 18/11/3/5439
TAX Exemption number: 18/11/3/5439
Trust Banking Details e-mail us at
Founder: Francoise Robertson

Friends of Valkenberg has ensured that all feasible financial accountability procedures have been instituted in order to meet public accessibility requirements and to maintain donor confidence.

All projects undertaken by Friends of Valkenberg Trust are financially managed with the implementation of the following controls :
Income and expenditure are budgeted and a dedicated banking account credited and debited. Any increases in spending or adjustments of budget are approved by the Friends of Valkenberg Trustees. All income is receipted on a daily basis and matched to bank deposits.
A monthly internal bookkeeping review is maintained and quarterly financial reports are prepared by an accounting firm and provided to the Trustees of Friends of Valkenberg. An annual financial audit is prepared by an external firm of auditors, overseen by the treasurer who takes an on-going interest in the organisation throughout the year.


BDO South Africa

123 Hertzog Boulevard, Foreshore


Tel: 021 417 8800



Mr. Nils Nyback

Cecil Kilpin & Co Chartered Accountants (SA)

Registered Accountants & Auditors

PO Box 74, 1 Waterford Mews

Century City, Century Boulevard, 7446

Tel: 021 527 4060


The Friends of Valkenberg Trust is an NPO and, although it relies heavily on donor funding it is also committed to income generation and raising funds through events. A good and long term relationship exists with a diverse group of regular funders and supporters. The fact that the organisation is still operating without debt, after 25 years, with the back-up of a small but solid savings account as contingency, indicates the success of its financial sustainability.

The Friends is overseen by a committed group of trustees who serve the trust by offering a variety of professional skills and faithful dedication to the cause. Trustees are all volunteers and receive no remuneration from Friends of Valkenberg Trust.

Quarterly trustees meetings are held to monitor and direct the trust with ad hoc meetings where needed.

Chairperson: Brian Robertson is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town. He was formerly Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, and was involved with the inception of the Friends of Valkenberg.

Treasurer: Hugh Amoore is retired after a career in university administration which involved close co-operation with teaching hospitals, of which Valkenberg was one.  He has agreed to be Treasurer to the Trust because of his belief in its work in mental health.

Deputy Chairperson & Founder: Francoise Robertson founded the Friends of Valkenberg Trust in 1994. Her vision and passion for the support of patients and staff of Valkenberg Hospital has ensured the Trust continues to make an impact on the recovery of people with mental illnesses.


Fadia Gamieldien is a clinical educator in the Division of Occupational Therapy at UCT. She started her career as an Occupational Therapist at Valkenberg Hospital. She is interested in service user perspectives of community integration and recovery.

Pat van der Ross’s valuable contribution to the Friends of Valkenberg is in memory of the years of volunteer work at Valkenberg Hospital undertaken by her late mother (Mrs. D. Merckel), and mother-in-law (Mrs F. van der Ross). They were involved in the 1960′s.

Emeritus Professor Stuart J. Saunders has been Patron of the Friends since 2013. He helped established the Friends of Valkenberg Trust and served as its first chairperson until 2001. Professor Saunders was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town from 1981-1996.