Survival CPR


The Survival CPR instructors are highly trained and qualified ICU and Trauma Sisters, who have a vast medical knowledge in emergency situations to share with our course participants. With over twenty years of experience, we are passionate about empowering course attendees with the knowledge and skills to save lives. 

Survival CPR was established in 2011 by Sr Catherine Rodwell. With her vast experience in Trauma and ICU, as well working as a flight sister in medical evacuations across Africa, she saw a great need and passion to educate the public about learning basic life support techniques.

Survival CPR encompasses a variety of emergency courses to equip parents, nannies, childminders, teachers and employees with the knowledge and skill to affect emergency response when necessary.

All instructors are registered with the South African Nursing Council (SANC) and with the Resus Council Of South Africa and the American Heart Association.

Sister Catherine Rodwell, owner and founder

Sister Ilona Glanvill

I qualified as a Nursing Sister  and then went onto specialise in ICU  in 2007. I  first spent some time in the adult ICU’s before moving my focus to the little ones in the paediatric ICU at Netcare Unitas hospital. I’m blessed with two healthy children and my husband is an emergency room doctor. It is very rewarding working with children but even more rewarding being able to empower people with the necessary skills to be able too help others. Looking forward to meeting you at the next course.

Sister Brenda Mokoena

I started  at Olivedale hospital where I did my training to qualify as a Nursing Sister . I presently work at Sunninghill Hospital in the Trauma Unit. I experience and manage emergencies on a daily basis at work. I love teaching very much as I feel that I have a lot to give and enjoy spending time with parents and sharing my knowledge and experience. I have a beautiful 7 year old daughter and love being a mom!

Sister Rose Matthews​

After a lifetime of serving humanity as a Nurse Manager I feel I can bring both expertise and  experience to teaching carers vital skills and approaches to their caring duties. Feeling honoured to teach skills that will improve the quality and ethics of care. Beginning with my career in the Cape  in the years of the world’s  first heart transplant. Over the years I have  worked in ICUs and High Cares, managing units and Wards. I am so proud to be part of teaching skills training to the next generation for Survival CPR.

Sister Mia Pieters

I completed my B Cur degree in 2000 after which I worked in the Netherlands for two years as a registered nurse.  After my return, I started working in the Cardiac ICU at Unitas Hospital. I have been working in Managed Health Care for the past few years. I am passionate about teaching and very excited to be part of the Survival CPR team, sharing my knowledge and experiences and equipping people with the skill to be able to respond to an emergency.

Sister Mary-Ann Alves

I qualified in 2003 as a registered nurse, psychiatric nurse, community nurse and Midwife. I currently run a well baby clinic, doing vaccinations well baby assessments, breastfeeding counseling and Antenatal courses. I am a internationally certified infant massage instructor and I facilitate talks at schools for Human Sexuality with students and parents. I am a mom with two beautiful daughters.

Sister Belinda Yumi Lo

I am Neonatal ICU sister who has her BCur degree from Stellenbosch University. I have worked in Peads ICU, Neonatal ICU as well as casualty. I love working with babies as they are amazingly resilient and getting to see them grow up is a real privilege. My son is nearly 3 years old and I am  very aware of the importance of being able to do CPR and first aid especially on babies and children. I really enjoy teaching CPR and love the interaction!

Sister Michelle Curtis

I have been in a qualified Nursing Sister for over 30 years and have trained and worked in ICU's, Cardiac Cath theaters, Baby Clinics and run Antenatal Classes. My passion is working with Babies, Children and helping new parents-to-be to prepare for their Newborns and guiding them through the first few years of parenthood.

Sister Michelle Broodryk

I qualified in 2008 with my Bcur degree at the the University of Johannesburg and spent most of my nursing career thus far in NICU, pediatrics, school health and maternity. It is a privilege to share life saving skills and knowledge with parents and caregivers.

Sister René Westerveld

I joined St Johns Ambulance when I was 12. It grew my passion for saving lives and I was a volunteer/reservist with the Roodepoort EMS for over 20 years. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and skills to empower people to prevent accidents and save lives.