Who is the Cape Kidney Association

The Cape Kidney Association is a Grassroots Non-Profit Organisation that raises funds for indigent Kidney patients. The Non-Profit Association was founded in 1978 by a group of Nephrology Doctors and Nurses who saw a need to assist indigent Kidney patients.

We the Cape Kidney Association support Kidney dialysis patients with monthly food parcels, travel allowance to get to the hospitals for their dialysis and bursaries to further their studies or start-up costs for small businesses.

This is the only organisation in the Western Cape that is Kidney patient care based.

About Us


Molly Fabe is the Executive Director of the Cape Kidney Association.  Joining the Association in 2000 she has actively grown the Association to what it is today. She has a passion for fundraising and events and is always looking for new ways to raise awareness of the Cape Kidney Association.


Vanessa Hallett the Personal and Admin Assistant to Molly Fabe has been with the Association since November 2011. She brings to the company years of experience in Office Administration, and assists with all the fundraising event planning and activations.

The Cape Kidney Association relies on Fundraising initiatives to raise funds and create awareness of Kidney Disease and how imperative the Kidneys are to the functioning of the body.

Early Detection

What do normal Kidneys do?

  • Make urine
  • Remove wastes and extra fluid from blood
  • Control your body’s chemical balance
  • Help control your blood pressure
  • Help keep your bones healthy
  • Help you to make red blood cells

How common is Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

1 in 10 persons are at risk of developing kidney disease.

How many patients with Chronic Kidney Disease are on dialysis?

Worldwide, the number receiving renal replacement therapy (RPT) is estimated at more than 1.4 million (Moeller, Gioberge & Brown, 2002) with an incidence growing rate by approximately 8% annually (Schieppati & Remuzzi, 2005).


How healthy are your kidneys? Questions to ask yourself?

  • Do I have high blood pressure?
  • Do I suffer from diabetes?
  • Do I have a family history of kidney disease?
  • Am I overweight?
  • Do I smoke?
  • Am I over 50 years old?

Risk factors for developing kidney disease:

  • Are you of African or Asian origin?
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Inflammation (Glomerulonephritis)
  • Infection (Pyelonephritis)
  • Inherited Disorders (Polycystic Kidney Disease)
  • Longstanding blockage to urinary system (enlarge prostrate or kidney stones)
  • Analgesic abuse (longstanding use of pain killers e.g. Grandpa powder and non-steroidal inflammatory drugs e.g. Brufen)
  • In addition from South African context / the high incidence of HIV Positive patients and substance abuse e.g. Tik.

Signs and Symptoms of Kidney Disease:

Most people have no symptoms until CKD is advanced

Signs of advancing CKD include:

  • Swollen ankles
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Decreased appetite
  • Blood in the urine and foamy urine

Kidney Disease Preventative Measures:

  • Reduction of high blood pressure – the lower the blood pressure (within the normal range), the slower the Glomeruler Filtration Rate (kidney function) decline.
  • Taking specific medications to reduce proteinuria as well as lower blood pressure – angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs).
  • Reduce salt intake to lower blood pressure.
  • Control of blood sugar / cholesterol and anemia.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Increase the rate of physical exercise and activity.
  • Control of body weight / reduce obesity.
  • Visit your doctor yearly for screening and more frequently as prescribed by your doctor if you are diagnosed with risk factors for Kidney Disease.


Upcoming Events

Two Oceans Marathon Virtual Charity Challenge 2021
Venue: Run or walk anytime or anywhere (5.6km, 10km or 20km)
Date: 30 March – 30 April 2021
All runners or walkers must have an Entry to participate
Entry Fee: R90.00 and donate any amount to Cape Kidney Association



Contact Us

The Cape Kidney Association

28 Londonderry Road

Golf Links Estate



Cape Town

021 761 1326

capekidney@xsinet.co.za / reception.capekidney@xsinet.co.za

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