Tissue Donation

Dedicated to healing through tissue transplantation

Understanding Donation

Organ and tissue donation and transplantation offer patients in need a wonderful opportunity of healing and life. By becoming an organ and tissue donor, you can ensure that you leave a wonderful final legacy of love and hope in helping another.


The Centre for Tissue Engineering sources, processes and supplies human tissue for implant, transplant and therapeutic purpose. Continual research and development activities are aimed at improved treatment options for patients. Proudly ISO 9001 Accredited.

Why a Butterfly?

The butterfly is a symbol of new life and became our symbol of tissue donation. When a person dies, he/she leaves the former life behind, but through donation he/she is able to live on in a new way.

Understanding Donation

What is the difference between organ and tissue donation?

The concept is the same: A person decides that after his/her own death, another individual should benefit from healthy organs and tissue through transplantation – rather than these being committed to the grave.

Organs are retrieved when a patient is brain stem dead, still in hospital and medically supported. About 1% of people die in circumstances in hospital that allow for successful organ donation. These circumstances seldom occur, however.

To put this into context, statistics show that the greater population will either pass away at home, at work or on the road, under circumstances that prevent successful organ retrieval. In such cases the donor can donate tissue, which is equally as valuable and life-altering to a patient in need of a transplant. This means that a far greater number of people have the opportunity to donate tissue.

One family’s experience with both sides

One family's experience with both sides of the incredible process that is Organ & Tissue donation. Two stories that started out as one, are now tightly interwoven with the same golden thread of hope. We share both stories together, to encapsulate the close...

Zodwa Maseko

Zodwa MasekoCornea RecipientBack when Zodwa Maseko was a young girl in Grade II, she was diagnosed with short-sightedness (or myopia) and spectacles were prescribed. Zodwa really didn't enjoy the fact that she had to wear spectacles, and was secretly delighted when...

Desré Jenkinson

Desré Jenkinson Cornea RecipientDesré Jenkinson, originally from Queenstown, and now Johannesburg based, is a multiple cornea recipient. Throughout her life (since her teens) she has worn glasses or contact lenses. It was during one of her regular eye visits in April...

Yvonne Milan

Yvonne MilanBone RecipientDurban-based Yvonne Milan was diagnosed with osteoblastic osteosarcoma in her right tibia, in the January of 2010. She consulted doctor after doctor, several in fact, but medical opinions concurred; Yvonne would need to have her leg...

Rosina Mentoor

Rosina MentoorCornea RecipientBack in 2008 when Rosina Mentoor was a young girl in Grade 4, she was diagnosed with Glaucoma in both eyes. At that point in time her right eye was the strongest, and she was fortunate enough to receive a cornea transplant on 28.07.08....

Nelmari De Beer

Nelmari De Beer Bone Tissue RecipientNelmari de Beer – Tissue Recipient Hello! I’m Nelmari de Beer. Today, looking at me you see a healthy 28-year-old woman, but back in 2013, I suffered constant pain in my left side. Doctors’ visits turned out a series of...

Siblings Mark Hendra and Tanya Bothma share their organ and tissue donation journey

Transplant News, August 2018

We first came into contact with Tanya Bothma, a petite blonde, while gathering information for the tissue donor story on her brother, Centurion-based…