Megan Du Plessis Special Needs Center

A Place of Growth and Compassion for Children with Special Needs

Empowering Diverse Learners

Hanlie and Kingsley du Plessis had a 17-year-old daughter, Megan, with Special Needs.  She sadly passed away in 2016.

They bought Shelford farm, with a big shed on it, which they wanted to turn into a Special Needs Centre, for Megan and other older children.

Lene Schnackenberg approached them and asked if Thuthukani Preschool, a school for Special Needs Children,  could ‘join’ their project – and they approved. So the doors of Megan du Plessis Special Needs Centre were officially opened on the 4th August 2018. 

Thuthukani Preschool, which was opened on the 1st September 2014, by Lene,  joined the Megan du Plessis Foundation in January 2018 and gave up its name – nothing else – on the 23rd August 2018 when all the teachers, children, toys, equipment and material moved to Shelford Farm.

Our Foundation and Purpose

Founded by Hanlie and Kingsley du Plessis, the centre began as a vision to create a loving space for their daughter and other children with similar needs. In collaboration with Thuthukani Preschool, which merged with the centre in 2018, Megan du Plessis Special Needs Centre has expanded its reach and resources to offer more comprehensive care and education.

Who We Serve

The centre is designed to support children diagnosed with Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, Epilepsy, and other developmental delays or disorders. By embracing each child’s unique abilities and potential, the centre ensures that all students receive the personalised attention and resources they need to thrive.

Our Educational Approach

Adopting the philosophy, “If children don’t learn the way we teach, we will teach them the way they learn,” inspired by Temple Grandin, the centre focuses on adaptive and inclusive teaching methods. Educators and facilitators work closely with each child, allowing them to explore learning activities at their own pace and according to their own interests and abilities.

Community and Facilities

Located on Shelford Farm, the centre offers a spacious and well-equipped environment where children can feel safe and valued. The facility includes a variety of educational materials and spaces that encourage interactive and engaging learning experiences.

Continuing the Legacy

The Megan du Plessis Special Needs Centre is more than just an educational institution; it is a community of hope and joy where children with special needs can develop their skills and confidence. The centre is committed to continuing its work, ensuring that it remains a ‘Happy Place’ for its students and a beacon of support and understanding for their families.

Contact Details:

  • Location: Shelford Farm, Bushy Vales, Marina Beach
  • Postal Address: P.O.Box 1034, Margate, 4275
  • Contact: Lene Schnackenberg, Phone: 084 5492001
  • NPC Number: NPC2018/024001/08
  • PBO Number: 930068388
  • Banking Details: Standard Bank; Account Name: Megan du Plessis Foundation; Account Number: 252481216; Branch Code: 051001


Megan du Plessis Special Needs Centre in Bushy Vales

Megan du Plessis Special Needs Centre in Bushy Vales

Megan du Plessis Special Needs Centre is a Partial Care Facility that accepts learners with special educational needs. Children with…