About Us


Hope Again Recovery Centre is a long term substance abuse recovery centre. We believe that God is the only one that can set a person free from the prison of addiction and our whole program is structured in such a way to allow for this.  The minimum of our program is 40 weeks, during which clients live full time at our centre. 

Thereafter we have a reintegration program where we continue the journey with clients in readjusting to life in freedom.  We have seen how God can set a person free in a moment, but whether it is instant or gradual, for the best results, you still need to allow some time where people can learn effective and godly principles to ensure that they stay free from addiction.



  • To assist victims of various traumatic events.

  • Provision of accommodation, temporary shelter and the necessary assistance to those addicted to drugs.

  • Develop skills whilst creating jobs to assist the individual to regain self-respect, thus teaching sustainability to the individual’s themselves.

  • To empower people to become employees in the workforce, community builders and responsible members of society.
Hope Again Recovery Centre is an independent organisation that partners with various like minded individuals and organisations to bring freedom and hope to people trapped in substance abuse

Our Team

Meet the passionate people of Hope Again Recovery Centre.

Frikkie Hefer


Frikkie is a successful businessman living in Potchefstroom. 

He has a powerful story of how drug addiction impacted his life and how he was able to overcome it. 

Frikkie is passionate about helping others break free from the hold of substance abuse. 

He travels regularly sharing his testimony and ministering to those who are affected by addiction.  

Hannes Kriel

Pastor – Men 

Coming from a world of addiction Hannes is familiar with the troubles and struggles of getting free, knowing that is only through Christ that we can truly be set free.

His lifes mission and goal is to bring this same freedom to those in darkness, in Hope Again recovery centre he has an opertuinty to live out this dream and present the freedom that he himself has received.

He is currently specializing in screen and sex addiction, this is one of the biggest problems in our century and he has the wisdom and insight to bring freedom in this area.

2 Corinthians 12:9 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” 

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my 

weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me.

Hope Again gives hope to a dark world.

Petrus v Rensburg

Marketing Manager


Senior Pastor at Spirit Word Ministries

Jurgens Schoeman


Jurgens comes from a Financial Management background, but left this career to focus on his passion of helping people discover all God has for them. 

He serves as Community Development and Missions Pastor and church planting at Every Nation Faith City.  

Tanya van Zyl

Marketing Assistant

Grew up in a Pastoral/Counseling & Deliverance Family background.

Currently working as part of the marketing and intake admin team. My heart goes out to each and every person here at Hope Again as well as their families. I have lost a brother addicted to various drugs and in the end he was murdered because of it. It is a painful journey to loose someone and I wish we had the necessary education at that point to get him help. I am a firm believer in Woman Empowerment and I believe we all need to do our best to raise awareness and to assist where we can to help others and their families so that they do not need to suffer the same fate.

Mcdonald Matemera

Senior Social Worker

McDonald is a six times award winning social worker. He is registered with the South African Council of Social Service Professions (SACSSP). He holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree. He majored in the following modules: Psychology, anthropology and sociology. McDonald is interested in human behavior and thinking patterns. He completed the following modules in Masters of Public Health: Introduction to public health, occupational and Environmental health, Epidemiology Demography and Biostatistics, Research Methodology. He is driven by enthusiasm, philanthropy and his love for fellow human beings. McDonald believes that from humble beginnings comes tremendous ending. 

“#God is not dead” ”#faith moves mountains”

Louw De Beer

Program Manager

Louw was addicted to opioids for 23 years of his life and now helps other people to break free from chains of addiction. He is an ordained pastor in multiple ministries, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical counseling and is a registered Level 3 addictions counselor.Currently he specializes in Centre registrations in compliance with SOCDEV, treatment & program procedures, human resource management as well as all Centre document administration. He is accredited with BAPSA as well as the ACRP and is in good standing with both institutions.

Marlie Conradie

Professional Nurse

Marlie is a Professional Nurse, specialised in Psychiatry, Midwifery and Community Nursing.With relevant experience gained in various fields, she strongly believes in treating people with a holistic approach. Marlie is passionate about the restoration of broken relationships and the importance of family.She is blessed with a loving husband and two adorable children.

Elmi van der Merwe

Ladies Operational Manager & Councelor

My name is Elmi van der Merwe. I am 26 years old and I was born in Nelspruit but grew up in Durbanville in the City of Cape Town.I am a qualified Chef and worked as a Chef at various restaurants and Hotels. I also studied towards a National Diploma in Hotel management but had to interrupt my studies due to various reasons.I was introduced to alcohol and drugs at school which resulted in me becoming addicted. I was in addiction for 13 years which almost ended in death.I spent the last 26 months in a recovery centre where my life was changed. God truly changed my life by setting me free from the slavery of addiction. He has pulled me out of the grave and gave me another chance. My heart is to serve and help others in addiction that suffers from severe pain and trauma. I am currently studying towards becoming an addiction counsellor in order to be able to help other people in the same manner in which I was helped. I was employed with Hope Again Recovery Centre from the 1 July 2019. I am looking forward to helping to restore hope in the lives of others again.

Blanch Carolus

Social Worker

Blanch Carolus is a published social worker who graduated from a Bachelor’s Degree in Social work in the year 2000, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Social work in the year 2008. Blanch worked at the SAPS in the Employee Wellness Department as Chief Social worker and respectively in the Human Resource Development of the SAPS with the responsibility as Training coordinating and facilitator to the employees of the SAPS. After 12 years of service in the SAPS she eventually exited the SAPS as a Chief Social worker where after she established the Unit for Students with Disabilities at the NWU Potchefstroom campus and as Head of the unit was responsible for many successes including transforming the campus in an accessible one for students with disabilities and visitors. Blanch has presented at a number of local conferences and represented the NWU Internationally at the IFLA conference in Louisville, Kentucky in the USA in 2016, sharing on Innovative support to students with disabilities including print impairment.In 2017 she started her private practice in Social work and have been involved at the Hope Again Recovery Centre with addiction counselling and life skills facilitation.  She has a passion for empowering herself in order to empower others.  She believes that her faith in God’s promises and the abilities and capabilities He has placed in her has brought about all that she is today therefor she gives Him all the glory.

Debbie Ainslie

General Manager

Debbie was caught up in addiction for 23 years and is now 14 years clean. She firmly believes in equipping people through the Word of God and teaching them how to overcome their past hurts. The Lord grants grace. When he reaches out to soften the fall, take his hand and never let go. Have hope in each new day as he paves our way. Thank you God for wisdom and strength.

Danie van Zyl

Mens Operational Manager & Councelor

It is such a wonderful blessing to be part of something bigger than myself. Battling with addiction for a long time, i can truly say that God is using my mess and turned it into a message… 

Anne-Marie Van Breda

Intake Coordinator [Admin] 

Anne-Marie was addicted to drugs for 5 years.I met God while I was in recovery at Hope Again.Today I’m working at the centre, giving back what they have given me.Hope and a better future, clean and sober

Resident Stories

Don’t take our word for it, listen to some of our Residents

Jurie: “I have found the old me who I have been before addiction, and now I can live a full life!”

Jurie Kemp

“I was broken when I entered Hope Again Recovery Centre with no hope for the future. Hope Again Recovery Centre gave me a chance to receive God into my life, and I’m learning to give all my problems and hurts to Him and not to try and handle them in my own strength. By the time I came to Hope Again Recovery Centre my marriage was at it’s end but now it has been restored. I have found the old me who I have been before addiction, and now I can live a full life giving all to God instead of condemning myself about my past. Hope Again Recovery Centre gave me the tools to find God and through God I started to work on myself so that I can be the best father, husband and man of God I can be.” 


Hannes is an ex-drug addict and cage fighter whom Jesus set free in 2012.

He is passionate about Jesus and ministering the Gospel. 

Together with his wife Elzabe, Hannes runs his own business and the Spirit Word Ministries Xgen Bible and media College, where they train up young people to have a godly foundation for life. 

The couple has two daughters.


Frikkie is a successful businessman living in Potchefstroom. 

He has a powerful story of how drug addiction impacted his life and how he was able to overcome it. 

Frikkie is passionate about helping others break free from the hold of substance abuse. 

He travels regularly sharing his testimony and ministering to those who are affected by addiction. 

He is married to Benita and they have two beautiful daughters. 


Roy was a business man with a family and his own house before addiction left him on the streets with nothing but the clothes on his body. 

After 8 years of Meth, Liquid G, and Cocaine addiction Roy turned to God, Who supernaturally healed and set him free. 

Since then Roy became passionate about getting addicts off of the streets and is involved with Dead Man Walking Ministries, who distributes 2000 meals a month to people on the streets. 

He now serves as the Men’s Division Manager at Hope Again Recovery and has a son and a daughter.


Four years ago God delivered Sandy from a decade of cocaine and crystal meth addiction.  She is passionate about helping others find the same freedom that she did.  God restored her family when there was no hope for restoration and is the proud mom of a teenage daughter.  


She is married to Gerald and have ministered along with him for most of her life. Along with administration, Susan takes charge of the Celebrate Recovery groups, the backbone of our treatment program. She works to see woman devastated by substance abuse restored to the role and dignity God has intended for them. 


Gerald, better known as “Pastor G” has been in ministry for 25 years during which he pastored and planted several churches and starteda Christian school. He has always had a heart for those struggling with substance abuse and have previously managed one of South Africa’s largest rehabilitation centres. Gerald’s passion has made him leave his successful business in order to join Hope Again Recovery Centre as the Centre’s Operational Manager. 


Barend is passionate about people of all ages and his greatest aim is to bring hope to a broken world. 

He is actively involved in the Hope Again Foundation, Mother’s Nest (a safe house for abused children) and Potchefstroom Youth Network.   


Jurgens comes from a Financial Management background, but left this career to focus on his passion of helping people discover all God has for them. 

He believes he is called to minister healing to people and to help them discover the unique purpose and gifts God has meant for them. 

He devotes most of his time being directly involved with the Recovery Centre serving as Executive Manager. 

He also serves as Community Development and Missions Pastor at Every Nation Faith City.  


Emile became involved with drugs during high school, but God set him free from a life of addiction and dealing.

He was the first person to successfully complete Hope Again Recovery Centre’s program and eventually joined the full time team.

He found peace and joy in God and now actively helps other men to experience the same.

Petrus van Rensburg

Grew up under the ministry of Prophet Kobus van Rensburg.

Studied visual communication at the Open Window School of Visual Arts.

Went on to start a business, currently owns 4 businesses and is the senior Pastor at Spirit Word Ministries.

Motivated in helping others to succeed.


Vicky is a qualified Occupational Therapist, registered at the HPCSA.

She is also a Pastoral Counselor and Aromatherapist.

Vicky has a passion to see broken hearts healed and to be part of the process of establishing truth in individuals to set them free from bondage and from living in the shadows of shame and darkness.

She has years of experience in small group therapy as well as individual therapy and counselling.

She is involved at Hope Again and also runs her own private practice involving individual and group therapy 


Jannie is part of ‘Manne van die Woord’ in South Africa and has been a Coordinator and Facilitator of Family Foundations International with his wife Vicky since 2004.

He has a heart for broken families and is passionate about restoring the fathers back into their Godly place in their homes and society.

He is a marketing consultant for various companies and also a motivational speaker.

He is well known for his sporting achievements having represented South Africa at the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

He believes that Hope Again can make a huge difference in today’s foundational problems in society and is proud to represent this Rehab Centre as the brand Ambassador.