Body Donation Programme at Stellenbosch University

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The Division of Clinical Anatomy sincerely thank the donors for the selfless donations of their bodies for medical research and training. ​​

A very important part of medical education is using cadavers to teach anatomical structures to health care professionals. Therefore, the Division of Clinical Anatomy​ at Stellenbosch University urges people to donate their bodies for use in anatomical studies to ensure that the students we train today are the best doctors of tomorrow.

The use of donated bodies is specifically related to teaching and research for Science, Health Science and Allied Health Science students as well as Medical Specialists. Donated bodies are treated with the utmost respect and the anonymity of the individual donor will not be compromised in any format or for any reason. Any research that will be conducted on the donated body has to be evaluated and approved by the Stellenbosch University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) to ensure that the use of the remains is not compromised in any legal or ethical regard. 

More information is provided in the brochure.

Bequest Information​

Procedure to follow:

  • Bequests are made to the Division of Anatomy for the advancement of teaching and medical research.
  • Upon inquiry, a letter of information will be e-mailed or posted together with a registration form which must be filled in and returned to the division (see document below).
  • Only in-tact bodies are accepted and subject to the dreaded diseases clause.
  • There is no age restriction for being a body donor.
  • The division collects bequeathed bodies within a radius of about 300kms and acceptance of a donated body is subject to inspection by the division's representative at the time of death.
  • In the case of accepted body donors, all costs are borne by the school. Communication takes place with beneficiaries regarding the collection of a donated body from the designated undertakers and the issuing of death certificates.
  • The Division works on a 2 to 3 year turnaround before a donated body is cremated (at the division’s expense). The family or beneficiary is contacted when the ashes are ready to be collected. (Ashes are only returned if such a request was made on the "return of ashes" form). See document below.
  • The school also accepts bequests that have not been formally arranged, in which case an affidavit will need to be signed by the next of kin.
  • It should be noted that delays in accepting a donor may be alleviated with early registration​

If you consider donating your body, complete the form below. Send the completed form, along with a copy of your ID, to Mrs Jodie Lemphane either via email (su_bodydonations@sun.ac.za) or per post:​


Stellenbosch University
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Division of Clinical Anatomy
PO Box 241 Cape Town 8000​


Donation Form

Request to retain ashes​​​

More information about body donation

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