It all began in 1986 when Mr Shorty

Raubenheimer travelled to Carletonville to

participate in their Lifeline activities. Several

people heard about this and felt that the

KOSH area needed its own group of trained

counsellors and that is how the branch of

Lifeline was initiated in Stilfontein.


On January 1, 1987, a centre was opened in

Stilfontein where telephone counselling was

offered to the public from 18h00 to 22h00

every day.


In 1991, Lifeline South Africa established

an AIDS Help Line with the help of the

Department of Health and Welfare. Until

1999, this help line was manned 24 hours a

day by 17 centres throughout the country,

including Lifeline Klerksdorp.



In 2001 we piloted home community based

care and psycho-social support for orphans

and vulnerable children. A Crisis centre was

opened from the Park street offices in

Klerksdorp, with 24 hour a day, care for

survivors of rape, domestic violence and

abuse. In 2004, this became a standalone

project and has expanded since. From 2004

when KOSH crisis centre was opened in

Tshepong Hospital, Jouberton. Kgakala crisis

centre followed in 2009 in Leeudoringstad. In

2011, Lifeline Klerksdorp opened another

crisis centre in Vryburg called Khuseleka one

stop centre. Tlokwe crisis centre followed in

2013 within Potchefstroom Hospital.


Today Lifeline Klerksdorp is mending four

crisis centres in the North West Province and

it continues to render counselling services and

training for the last 30 years.