Executive Management


Samantha Nicholls

Executive Director

Samantha has worked for the Organ Donor Foundation for over 15 years and possesses a wealth of knowledge on organ donation and transplantation in South Africa. She has worked herself up through the ranks, starting as a junior assistant to her current position which involves leading the the Organ Donor Foundation’s daily operations. Samantha's vast knowledge of the organization - its needs, strengths, weaknesses and potential, makes her the perfect leader to ensure that proactive strategies are in place to guarantee long-term sustainability and to achieve the organisational objectives.

Samantha Nicholls is responsible for the daily management of the entire organization and oversees all national and regional projects.

Jooste Vermeulen

Director of Communications

Jooste Vermeulen brings over 20 years of advertising and marketing experience to the Organ Donor Foundation. He donated a kidney to his son in 2007 and has been intimately involved for over 10 years while his son waits for an organ transplant.

Under the communications portfolio, Jooste is responsible for driving national organ donor awareness and increasing the number of people registering as organ and tissue donors. He is involved in planning communication strategies, the messaging and branding of the Organ Donor Foundation as well as management of the IT and database development.

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WHAT SHOULD I DO IN THE EVENT OF MY LOVED ONES DEATH?

Please contact the Organ Donor Foundation on:
0800 22 66 11 Toll Free line DURING OFFICE HOURS, or
082 318 4376 Emergency line AFTER HOURS.

An Organ Donor Foundation staff member will ask you to provide the following details:

  • Name of your loved one
  • Cause of death
  • Time of death
  • Age of your loved one
  • Is your loved one at a hospital or at a mortuary or undertaker?
  • The area where your loved one is situated
  • Your name, contact number and relation to the deceased

They will thereafter pass on the information provided to the nearest transplant centre or tissue bank.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: SOLID ORGANS such as the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas can only be donated if your loved one has been diagnosed with brain death and is on a ventilator in a hospital. In this case, upon receiving your call, the Organ Donor Foundation will pass on the information to the nearest transplant centre and soon thereafter a transplant coordinator will contact you.

TISSUE such as bone, skin, corneas and heart valves may be used if your loved one is either on a ventilator or has already passed away and their body is at the mortuary or undertakers. In this case, a representative from the Tissue Banks or Eye Bank will be in touch with you.

THE ORGAN DONOR FOUNDATION IS NOT A MEDICAL ORGANISATION AND OFFERS THE ABOVE SERVICE TO ASSIST WITH ORGAN AND TISSUE REFERRALS ONLY. OUR STAFF MEMBERS ARE NOT TRAINED MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS.

Thank you for taking this step to ensure your loved ones wishes are honored during such a traumatic time.


NPO / PBO Numbers 003-458 NPO PBO: 18/11/13/4
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