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Greening the Helderberg Hospital!


Helderberg Hospital is a public district hospital in the Helderberg Health District of the Metro Region located in Somerset West, Cape Town.

With the support of Stellenbosch University and the Helderberg Hospital community, Greenpop wants to bring our natural heritage back to the hospital grounds.

Amongst the multitude of ecosystem services provided for us by nature, aesthetics and a harmonious environment play a big role in human well-being as well as in the recovery from a wide spectrum of maladies, ranging from anxiety to elevated blood pressure.

Currently, the parking lot and entrance to the hospital are stark landscapes, devoid of indigenous vegetation and displaying the scars left by the invasive eucalyptus trees.

Greenpop wants to transform this barren landscape into a functional garden space
that appeals not only to aesthetics but one that is filled with beautiful textures, pleasant aromas, and medicinal plants that are indigenous to the local area. 

The rehabilitation of the landscape will also bring back a plethora of creatures, all benefiting from the reintroduction of fynbos.


Donate: Make a contribution to the campaign by clicking donate on the button in the top right corner. Donations to this campaign are tax deductible, and a tax donation receipt can be requested by clicking here

Start a fundraising campaign: Activate your community and raise funds for this project. Run a race, host a bake sale or ask your friends and family to make a contribution. Click 'Start fundraising' at the top of this page to set-up your campaign.

Join us at a planting day: Want to get your hands dirty? Click here to register your interest and we will send you more information on plant day opportunities at the Helderberg Hospital.

Keen to get your company involved? Get in touch with our Partnerships Manager at carla@greenpop.org


The Greenpop Foundation NPC is an award-winning registered non-profit organisation (NPO#: 151-411 NPO; PBO#: 930050622) headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa.

We work to restore ecosystems and empower environmental stewards through forest restoration, urban greening, food gardening, and environmental awareness projects across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Greenpop was founded in 2010 and has since planted over 150,000 trees and inspired over 150,000 active citizens across South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania.


Helderberg Hospital, previously known as Hottentots Hospital, is a healthcare facility situated in Somerset West. The Hospital consists of 181 Inpatient bed unit which caters for most specialities, including but not limited to surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, orthopaedics, paediatrics and there is a 3 bedded High Care Unit. Helderberg Hospital also has a casualty and outpatients division.

The hospital was officially opened on 29 July 1938.

Helderberg Hospital operates in the Helderberg Health district of the Metro Region. For any information relating to the hospital, contact the CEO Sharon Leo, 021 850 4704.

We are committed to the values of the department CCAIRR (compassion, caring, accountability, integrity, responsiveness, respect) and engagements with communities and persons and our focus is to always to give the best care every time.

We have a vision that our outside spaces become part of the healing process. In the limited garden space that we have we see how patients and staff alike value that outdoor space. There was a time when this hospital had original fauna flora to this area but due to construction, this was lost in the process.


Stellenbosch University (SU) is amongst South Africa's leading tertiary institutions based on research output, student pass rates and rated scientists, and is recognised internationally as an academic institution of excellence. 

It boasts the highest weighted research output per full-time academic staff member of all South African universities and the second-highest number of scientists in South Africa who have been rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF). It also has the highest student success rate in the country.

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    Robert Mash

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    Vanessa Lomas-Marais

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    Christine Groenewald

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    Michelle Allen

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9 Fundraiser projects


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    13 September

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    23 August

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    3 August

48 Donations

Fundraiser projects

9 Fundraiser projects

I am raising funds for Helderberg Hospital greening project

By Michelle Allen

Hi! I need your help. I'm raising money for Greenpop Foundation, who are going to help beautify H...

27% Completed
R1,350 raised
R5,000 Target

I am raising funds for Greenpop Foundation

By Annie Lombard

Hi! I need your help. I'm raising money for Greenpop Foundation, who do great work for a cause th...

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US$0 raised
US$1,500 Target

I am raising funds for greening Helderberg Hospital

By Werner Viljoen

Helderberg Hospital is a 181 bed public district hospital that first opened in 1939 as a small co...

29% Completed
R1,450 raised
R5,000 Target

I am raising funds to restore the fynbos landscape at Helderberg Hospital in Somerset West

By Phoebe Runciman

Hi! I need your help. I'm raising money to restore the fynbos landscape at Helderberg Hopsital wi...

5% Completed
R250 raised
R5,000 Target