Welcome to Stellenbosch University


​​​​​​​​SUNHEART was launched as a platform to host the aspirations and to channel the enthusiasm of the talented cardiologists and supporting staff of the Division of Cardiology, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital.  SUNHEART resides within the Stellenbosch Trust that is a registered non profit and public beneficiary organisation. (NPO nr 027432O)

The Division answers to the University regarding the training and research that we perform and we answer to the Department of Health regarding the service we deliver but we answer to ourselves regarding the standards we set. We provide advanced cardiac care for the people we serve and do so to the best of our ability according to international standards. We provide training to candidates from across the continent of Africa and aspire to be the number one cardiology training and research centre on the continent. To achieve our goals and to continue functioning as a cardiology centre of excellence for valvular/pericardial disease, trans radial interventions and for advanced cardiac imaging, we have had to broaden our funding base beyond the limitations set by the University and the Department of Health to maintain and expand our infrastructure and expertise.

SUNHEART epitomizes the bright vision of our Division as a leader amongst cardiology centres on the African continent and provides a vehicle for our funding partners to support our vision.



Children at risk for rheumatic heart disease

In March this year doctors told Zena Klaas she had a 50/50 chance of "waking up" after an operation. Her family was scared, but the 20-year old admits that she just wanted the pain to stop.

Complications from rheumatic heart disease (RHD) led to the development of an aneurysm (an excessive, balloon-like, swelling of the wall of a blood vessel) in one of the major blood vessels in the abdomen, causing the Gugulethu learner excruciating pain. Read more...