Meet the CTDCC family


Observatory branch

The Observatory branch has been a pillar in substance abuse sector. It stands steady under the rigid  yet prudent structure to ensure efficient service delivery. This is best described through the words of a client:

I would like to say thank you to everyone at CtdCC for your help in my recovery. The program was very helpful. Some of the positives of how the program is run are:

  • Very professional staff with the ability to make most addicts feel like  participating in the groups and lectures;
  • Punctually run program;
  • Neat and tidy centre with appropriate encouraging statements on the walls;
  • Welcoming – pleasant reception staff, and nice to be offered tea and coffee;
  • Well-structured lectures which follow a logical sequence and allow addicts to understand the psychology of what they face in recovery;
  • Individual sessions very helpful – a safe space to open up.

As a whole the program is great – inclusive, not being directed at a specific ethnic or religious group.

As addicts are often very difficult to work with, being a counsellor to such people must definitely be a calling. Thank you once again CtdCC!”

28-yr-old female dagga addict in recovery, Obs branch

Alida Rhode General Worker / Admin Support
Ashley Potts Director CTDCC
Cathy Karassellos Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Manager
Fairuz Mustapha Senior Social Worker
Jacqui Michels Admin Manager
Janet Smit Social Worker
Mogamat Sedick Social Worker
Samantha Noorman Admin Assisstent to the Director
Vivienne Ewers Receptionist
Zoliswa Nombembe Professional Registered Counsellor


Hazel Hess Senior Social Worker / Branch Manager
Ielhaam Jacobs Registered Counsellor
Karen Piolet General Worker / Admin Support
Theresa Eiman Receptionist
The team - ATLANTIS



Just 40km from the CT CBD, and originally an industrial plant started in the early 1970’s Atlantis is said to have a population of a quarter million. Locals refute this census saying it’s at least half a million. Our journey to starting up our Atlantis treatment centre has been a rather interesting one. Encountering a small, dispersed community has been a real eye opener. Treatment alone is not the whole answer. Embracing the cohesion of both treatment and support services is necessary in restoring the once overt beauty for which this community stood.

The establishment of CTDCC Atlantis branch is a direct response to the cries of the people. Local government tasked us to establish a community based treatment programme. This is our core business and staff are experts in the field of addiction. We look forward to the ongoing hospitality we have experienced over the past few months. We believe that our beneficiaries will see results through the collective sharing of resources this community has to offer.

Our newly appointed team has seen a positive response thus far, and we will soon be able to report on the statistical treatment data of this program.

We are grateful to the respective ward councillors and other government officials who have shown their support to the establishment of this service. Both Cllr Cynthia Clayton and Cllr Barbara Rass have been offered great support thus far. We are also very grateful to the Saxon Sea staff and management, and Departments of Social Development and Health for their input. We look forward to the further investment of both local businesses and bigger corporations, as we continue to strive for service excellence in this community.

Lize Walker Social Worker
Miriam Paulse Receptionist / Aromatherapist
Sharee Hayseman Registered Counsellor / Branch manager

Alida Rhode - General Worker / Admin Support

Alida RhodeCTDCC – ObservatoryGeneral Worker / Admin SupportSeeing clients coming in here for the first time they look as if they have given up hope. What i do like in working in this field is when clients leave the programme they seem more eager to keep on working towards their recovery. My highlight is the clients that come back to say they are still clean after a few years.


Ashley Potts - Director CTDCC

Ashley PottsDirector – CTDCCWorking with a TEAM that understand their roles makes managing an easy task. The bonus of serving a TEAM who works from a premise of passion makes coming to work each day feel like you on permanent leave… I love what I do so much that I never have enough hours in a day or weeks in a month and welcome more….


Cathy Karassellos - Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Manager

Cathy KarassellosCTDCC – ObservatoryClinical Psychologist & Clinical ManagerI love addiction work because of the challenges inherent in this field. Life is never boring at CTDCC!


Fairuz Mustapha - Senior Social Worker

 Fairuz Mustapha CTDCC – ObservatorySenior social workerI remain committed to the substance abuse field because recovery transforms lives, rebuilds families and strengthens our communities. I just love being a witness to this change process.


Hazel Hess - Senior Social Worker / Branch Manager

Hazel HessSenior Social Worker / Branch Manager


Ielhaam Jacobs - Registered Counsellor

Ielhaam JacobsRegistered Counsellor


Jacqui Michels - Admin Manager

Jacqui  MichelsAdmin Manager.Come April 2016 it will be my 30th year at CtdCC. It's been an absolute honor  being employed by the best NGO in Cape Town.  Looking forward to te next 30 years.


Janet Smit - Social Worker

Janet is a Social Worker from the Observatory branch."I have a passion for seeing people learn and grow. It gives me renewed energy to provide hope and guidance to those in need. Here at CTDCC I get the opportunity and privilege to walk a road with people and in the process to learn and grow with them."


Karen Piolet - General Worker / Admin Support

Karen PioletGeneral Worker


Lize Walker - Social Worker

Social Worker at the Atlantis Branch."Working within the field of addiction is extremely rewarding. To witness a process where an individual is given the space and opportunity to unlock strength and potential is why I do what I do. The field of addiction work is a process where professionally we are able to facilitate the process of change, by affirming and supporting each client that walk through our doors, but at the same time putting them in the driver’s seat. I truly believe that the key to a healthy and wholesome life lies within, therefore it is an honor to be able to witness as individuals identify this within themselves. By means of the integration of psycho educational aspects clients are able to cultivate positive and productive lifestyle changes that ultimately lead to a greater quality of life."


Miriam Paulse - Receptionist / Aromatherapist

Miriam PaulseGeneral Worker – Atlantis “It is always a pleasure helping people and being a part of the DCC team, enables me to help those who struggle with substance abuse problems”


Mogamat Sedick - Social Worker

Mogamat Sedick CTDCC – ObservatorySocial WorkerThis type of work is spiritually fulfilling to me and every success story drives me to find the next one who needs assistance with getting their life back on track. I love seeing the transformation which takes place into something beautiful.


Samantha Noorman - Admin Assisstent to the Director

Samantha NoormanCTDCC – AtlantisReceptionist“I think the foremost quality in success is really loving what you do. Being a part of the Drug Counselling Centre and working in the field of addiction as a receptionist truly make that possible. I get the opportunity to work with people and be a part of the recovery process. It gives me a great amount of satisfaction helping people in this field”


Sharee Hayseman - Registered Counsellor / Branch manager

Shareé Huysamen:CTDCC – AtlantisBSc (Hons) In PsychologyRegistered Counsellor / Branch manager“Addiction is a fascinating field to work in. While it is draining and strenuous, it also offers the benefits of seeing someone change their life and reap the benefits that recovery has to offer.  It is sad to see the devastating effects that addiction has on the addict, the family, and also the community; I feel proud that I am able to play a part in the transformation to a new life“


Theresa Eiman - Receptionist

Theresa EimanReceptionistWoking with addiction has helped me to appreciate the Social Status of others.


Vivienne Ewers - Receptionist

Vivienne EwersReceptionistCTDCC - Observatory   


Zoliswa Nombembe - Professional Registered Counsellor

Zoliswa is a Registered Counsellor at Observatory Branch. "I truly enjoy working in the addictions field, because no two days are ever the same. It is hard work, but can never be mundane work, and every client interaction is an opportunity to learn about life. I am fascinated by what resilience looks like, and in many instances, I've been able to come face to face with it in addiction work. It's a speciality like none other, and the challenges mould both the client, and therapist alike."