Our Communities

The Salesians live in communities that are relatively autonomous, although accountable to the Provincial Superior and his Council.

Each community has a Rector who is responsible for the spiritual well being of the members and the implementation of the mission. Decision making occurs at House Council meetings.

The community at the Salesian Institute, Cape Town, is the oldest in the Vice-Province and was established in 1910. The solid building is landmark on Somerset Road, on the corner of Chiappini Street.

The community runs the following Youth Projects:

Learn to Live School of Skills
Porsche Training and Recruitment Centre

Contact Details

CAPE TOWN – St Bede (1896) 1926

Salesian Institute, P.O. Box 870, Cape Town, 8000 South Africa
2 Somerset Road, Greenpoint, Cape Town
Tel: 021 425 1424 Community

Fr Joseph Bao Thoi Nguyen – Rector, Tel: 021 425 2833, email:

Fr Eoin Farrelly – Vice Rector

Fr Patrick Naughton – Bursar email:

Fr John Coleman
Tel: 021 425 1450 Office
Fax: 021 419 1312

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The Lansdowne Community is situated on Imam Haron Road, along the M5. Here the Salesians established an agricultural school in 1923. The farm was eventually closed in the late 1940’s and moved up to Daleside (Walkerville)  in Gauteng. The school – Savio College – continued until 1976. Since then part of the former school property has been used for a variety of youth activities and at the moment it is used by the Santos Soccer Club.

The parish of Our Lady Help of Christians was established in 1932 and the present church was built in 1960. The parishes of Hanover Park (1972) and Westridge (1977) are also staffed by members of the Lansdowne community.

The Life Choices Project, a behaviour change and HIV/AIDS education and awareness programme has been run from here since 2004. 

Contact Details

LANSDOWNE – Our Lady Help of Christians (1923) 1932

Salesian Community, P.O. Box 14290, Kenwyn, 7790

312 Imam Haron Road, Lansdowne, Cape 7780

Tel: 021 697 2455 Office,  021 696 2903 Presbytery, email:

Fr Jonathan Daniels– Rector Tel: 021 696 0290, Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Rosary Hanover Park email:

Fr Peter Nguyen – Vice Rector/Assistant Parish Priest of St John Bosco Westrige, email:

Fr Edmund O’Neill – Bursar/Parish Priest of St John Bosco Westridge

Fr Canice Dooley 

Fr Bonginkosi Nhleko – Parish Priest OLHC

Fr Bart Walsh – 

Fr Chris Sharpe – Life Choices

Fr Tumelo Pone

Parish Deacon Rev. Mervin Solomons – Deacon Tel: 082 373 9900

St. John Bosco Catholic Church
P.O. Box 791, Westridge, 7802.

41 Amandel Street, Westridge, Mitchell’s Plain, 7798.
Tel/Fax: 021 374 7688

Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church
111 Hanover Park Avenue, Hanover Park, 7780
Tel: 021 692 1375, Fax: 021 691 8048

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The Johannesburg community (1952) houses the Provincial Office at Ozanam House on Nelson Road in Booysens and includes Robertsham Church. The Provincial Office and animating team, the Salesian Planning and Development Office and Salesian Missions are all based here. A large portion of the property has been let, for many years, to the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE) to use as their headquarters. 

Contact Details

JOHANNESBURG – St John Bosco (1952)  1967 

Provincial Office
PO Box 2335, Southdale, 2135

Ozanam House, 66 Nelson Road, Booysens, 2091

Tel: 011 680 1235, email:

Fr Robert Gore – Rector/ Provincial Economer Tel: 011 680 5803, email:

Br John Bhutana Thusi – Bursar  Tel: 011 680 1680, 

Fr Joy Sebastian – Provincial Tel: 011 680 1235, email:

Fr Pawel Michalowski – Parish Priest of St John Bosco Catholic Church

Fr Sean McEwan – PDO Director / Vice Rector

Fr Timothy Wrenn – Parish Assistant

Br Clarence Watts – Provincial Secretary/Social Communications/Salesian Family 
Twitter: @clarencesdb, email:




St John Bosco Catholic Church
PO Box 82654, Southdale, 2135

18 Dorchester Street, Robertsham, 2091

Tel/Fax: 011 680 3900 or 011 680 0007, email:

Parish Deacon:
Rev Victor Ho – Deacon Tel: 011 680 3812


Mr Pierre de Villiers – Property Manager Tel: 083 408 5454

The Walkerville community (1949), is situated on a farm along the Randvaal Road (R557), Walkerville, south of Johannesburg. It incorporates the Bosco Youth Centre, which is popular as a conference and retreat centre and is ideal for large groups of youth who love the wide open space and swimming pool.Communities gen1

The LoveMatters programme has been offered here since October 2001 as a residential behaviour change programme. It is popular among schools from all over Gauteng and surrounding provinces, with teaching staff reporting noticeable positive changes in the students.

The excellent Michael Rua Primary and Intermediate School situated nearby was established for farm children from the area and is now classed as a public school on private property with a Catholic ethos. Being in a rural setting, many of the learners are bussed daily.

Contact Details

WALKERVILLE – Don Bosco (1949) 1950

Bosco House,
P.O. Box 25, Randvaal, 1873
Randvaal Road (R557), Walkerville, Gauteng
Tel: 011 949 2360, Fax: 011 949 1022, email:

Fr Jeffrey Johnson – Rector

Fr Lingoane Tlaile – Vice-Rector

Fr Vincent Hoang – Bursar

Br Marko Mhara – Don Bosco Centre Manager

Cl Nhlanhla Nxumalo – Practical Trainee

Cl Xolile Galata – Practical Trainee


Contact for bookings on tel: 011 949 2361 and/or email:

The Ennerdale community (2005) is situated on 7th Avenue, Ennerdale. It is now the pre-novitiate for the AFM province. It was the Salesian Novitiate until August 2008. Now the Novitiate for the Southern African and Zambian Provinces is located in Zambia.  Together with the Salesian Sisters, the community are responsible for running the Don Bosco Educational Centre (Ennerdale Ext 6). This centre includes the Declan Collins Skills Centre and the Laura Vicuna Educational Centre. The Sancta Maria Early Learning Centre is situated in Finetown.
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The Ennerdale community is also responsible for the All Saints Parish (1969). It consists of 3 large communities based in Finetown, Lawley and Ennerdale itself.

Contact Details

ENNERDALE: Blessed Michael Rua (2005)

Salesian Community,
P.O. Box 287, Ennerdale, 1826

105, 7th Ave, Ennerdale, 1830
Tel/Fax: 011 855 5499 
Fr Marian Kulig – Rector/Parish Priest All Saints
Fr Emmanuel Kagimbangabo – Vice Rector/Principal, DBEP-DCC

Fr Sean Murphy – Bursar

St Fracis de Sales Catholic Church in Lawley
Sancta Maria Catholic Church in Finetown

All Saints Catholic Church in Ennerdale
PO Box 541, Ennerdale, 1826
Cnr 1st Avenue & Ormson Street, Ennerdale, 1830

Tel / Fax: 011 855 1009, e-mail:

The Swaziland community (1953) is based in Manzini and Malkerns. It is a well established and dynamic community, with primary and secondary schools, residential homes for former street children. 

Click here to view a detailed history of the establishment of Manzini.

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Contact Details
MANZINI, Swaziland – Mary Help of Christians (1953) 1967

Salesian House, P.O. Box 3286, Manzini, Swaziland
Salesian High School, Sandlane Street, Manzini
Tel: (+268) 2505 2020, email:

Fr Mbongiseni Shabangu – Rector, Parish Priest St John Bosco Malkerns 

Fr Alberto Villalba – Bursar

Fr Martin McCormack- Vice Rector/Schools

Fr Michael Welton

MALKERNS, Swaziland – Don Bosco (1982)
Don Bosco House,
P.O. Box 391, Malkerns, Swaziland
Main Road, Mahlanya, Malkerns, Swaziland
Tel: 00 268 2528 3545

School Principals:

Malkerns – Mr  Leonard Shongwe Tel: 00 268 7605 4837, email:

Manzini – Mr Petros Horton tel: 00 269 76040531, email:

The Lesotho community is situated in Maputsoe (1980) and Maseru (2008).

The Maputsoe presence is responsible for St Luke’s Parish, one of the largest missions in the Diocese of Leribe. There are pre-schools, primary and high schools which are animated in partnership with the Salesian Sisters FMA.  FMA also run the Mazzarello Craft Centre where young women learn sewing and tailoring skills. The Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians MSMHC run the Ferrando Resource Centre for differently abled children.

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The community is also responsible for a large oratory. Salesians, at the invitation of the Archbishop, have established a presence in Maseru

Contact Details

MAPUTSOE – St Luke’s (1980) 1982

St Luke’s Salesian Mission
P.O. Box 85

Maputsoe 350,  Lesotho

or P.O. Box 585 , 9730, Ficksburg, RSA

St Luke’s Mission, Sir Seretse Khama Road, Maputsoe, Lesotho

Tel: 00 266 2243 0308,

Fr Michael Connell  – Rector / Parish Priest Tel: 00266 59818211 

Fr John Thompson – Vice Rector/Parish Priest Ha-Seleso Maseru

Fr Dino Miotto – Bursar

Br Mojela Fihlo – Oratory/Youth Ministry

Fr Moeketsi Khetla

Cl Malinbongwe Zikalala – Practical Trainee

Cl Thabo Molala – Practical Trainee

School Principals:
St Boniface High – Ms Alina Mohape Tel: 00 266 585 29415
St Luke’s Primary – Ms Mary Lebata

Ha Chaka Primary – School Mrs Mary Lebeko

Salesian Co-operators
Ms Anna Maketso Mathata

MASERU (2008)

Sacred Heart Parish, Ha Seleso
P.O. Box 10557, Maseru 100, Lesotho

Tel: 00 266 577 48920

School Principals:

Abiya High School Acting Principal –   Tel: 00 266 2831 7208

Ha Seleso Primary School – Mrs Mamolise Ntobaki,  Tel: 00 266 5813 5247

Tributes to Dearly Departed Brothers

“When it happens that a Salesian yields up his life whilst working for souls, you can say that the Congregation has registered a great triumph and that on it will descend in abundance the blessings of heaven” (Don Bosco)

Eternal rest grant unto them, oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen

Fr Peter Doherty

Born: 15/05/1930

Died: 19/07/2015


Br. Peter Simmonds

Born: 22/11/1927

Died: 28/05/2015


Fr John Mehers

Born: 17/02/1934

Died: 8/8/2014