GAUTENG  currently has 5 projects operating; 3 of which fall under the SDBs (AFM Province) and 2 under the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA).


The LOVEMATTERS (LM) programme is geared towards teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 years and is facilitated by the SDBs and volunteers at Bosco Youth Centre, in Walkerville, south of Johannesburg.

Lovematters pic1

It provides behaviour change education to South African scholars to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS infection. The programme is based on sexuality teaching in the context of adult responsibility, a holistic education in human sexuality. Classroom teaching and individual counselling are included.

The programme is currently offered to youth and peer group leaders who then return to their communities and act as behaviour change advocates. Personal development is promoted through communication, self-esteem and self-evaluation courses, setting short and long-term goals, and opportunities to make decisions.

Our programme content is continually improved and adapted to take into account advances in medical research as more becomes known about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. We also take into account the comments made by the participants in the post-programme evaluation – this enables us to continually update and improve our sessions and tailor them to participants needs. Our programme has improved significantly since inception in 2001.

Each year, we have seen an increase in numbers attending and our outreach has extended outside of Gauteng to the Free State, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Swaziland.

For more information click here.Lovematters pic2 long


Contact Details

Bosco House, P O Box 25, Randvaal, 1873

Randvaal Road, Walkerville, Gauteng, South Africa This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: +27 011 949 2360
Fax: +27 011 949 1022

Bottom stripe

DON BOSCO EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS (DBEP) encompasses the Don Bosco Educational Centre (DBEC), Declan Collins Skills Centre (DCSC), the Laura Vicuña Educational Centre (LVEC) and the Sancta Maria Early Learning Centre (SMELC).


The Declan Collins Skills Centre was initiated by the Salesian Family after the murder of Salesian Father Declan Collins. He was the Parish Priest of All Saints Catholic Church, Ennerdale, at the time of his death in November 2002. Father Collins devoted his life to assisting young people who, because of poverty and unemployment, are in need of basic skills training in order to equip themselves to earn a living. He worked closely with the FMA Sisters in Finetown, who run Sancta Maria Early Learning Centre (SMELC), and the Laura Vicuña Educational Centre (LVEC). The LVEC caters for children who are not attending school for various reasons, but mainly due to poverty. It was Father Collins’s dream to extend help to those who have reached an age where they could no longer be prepared for formal schooling and catered for at the LVEC and therefore needed not only life-skills but also employment skills.


All these programmes are in close proximity to the residents of Finetown, Mountain View, Ennerdale Ext 6, and within easy reach of those further away. The area is known for its high unemployment, poverty, child abuse, HIV/AIDS, child headed households and other social ills.


The DBEP as a group, addresses not only the educational dimension, but also attempts to deal with social issues viz. medical assistance, malnutrition, and counselling.


DBEP Board Members
Robert Gore SDB - Chairman; Emmanuel Kagimbanabo Principal of the Declan Collins Skills Centre; Chester Browne- member, local community business man;  Rosa Calaca - Educationist, Gilbert Swats - Lawyer, Anthony Reeves - member, Lisa Rossi – Director Ekukhanyeni Relief Project, Janice Seland - Financial Director,  Joy Sebastian SDB – Provincial member,  Marie-Claire Jean – Vice Chair,Provincial member, Therese Pietersen - member,  Sean McEwen SDB – member, Marian Kulig - member and Melanie Goldsmith – Secretary, Administration.




008 IVECO TechPro 2

Tech Pro2 Opens at Don Bosco Educational Centre

   There was an abundance of excitement on the 23rd of April 2015 at the Don Bosco Educational Centre in Ennerdale as the TechPro2 Programme was officially inaugurated. Sponsored by CNH Industrial in Turin, and supported by Iveco South Africa, the TechPro2 Programme was created to support local communities by training young people and providing them with technical training in the automotive and industrial vehicle sectors. In her address at the inauguration, Daniela Ropolo, CNH Industrial’s Sustainable Development Initiatives Manager, explained that, “TechPro2 has created a model for innovative relationships between schools and the professional workforce. Students will rediscover a passion for learning and studying and are then able to put it all into practice. They will feel more in charge of their own lives, already having a foot in the door and receiving further encouragement to make the most of their potential.
The TechPro2 Programme was initially launched in 2008 as a collaboration between CNH Industrial’s sister company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the Salesians of St. John Bosco. Currently this project has expanded to 11 countries and over 50 schools with more than 9000 students having already been trained in the sector. With the knowledge of such success, it is with great enthusiasm that the Salesians of Southern Africa and the Don Bosco Educational Centre in Ennerdale look forward to this new venture as a sure way of expanding their mission of evangelization, education and the empowering of young people in the spirit of St. John Bosco.
The event was well attended by local representatives and employees of CNH Industrial and Iveco SA, members of the local government, representatives from the merSETA, from the Catholic Institiute of Education, from the Catholic Schools Office and of course members of the local Salesian communities. Fr. Francois Dufour, the Provincial of the Salesians in Southern Africa, concluded the programme when he blessed the brand new facility, which also houses a heavy range Stralis truck from the Iveco brand. Following the blessing a reception was held in the workshop for the guests while outside on the school grounds the students of the Laura Vicuña were treated to games and a braai that was sponsored by Trencon Construction who were contracted to build the new structure.Currently, the first group of students have already eagerly begun the course, which is being facilitated by Mr. Cedric Poley, who along with his wife are Salesian Cooperators in Ennerdale. Mr. Poley not only brings his vast experience from the field but also the Salesian spirit as well.
More information on TechPro2 can be found by visiting the site:

 0013 IVECO Tech Pro2 SA



Contact Details

Don Bosco Educational Projects (DBEP)

P.O. Box 170, Ennerdale, 1826, Gauteng, South Africa

James & Zirconium Streets, Ext 6 Ennerdale, Gauteng

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    and    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: 010 230 0962

Fr Emmanuel Kagimbangabo - Principal: DCSC, Cell: 083 237 0264, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mrs Melany Goldsmith - Administrator, 
DBEP Admin - Tel: 010 230 0962, email:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DCSC Admin - Tel: 010 230 0084



NPO 039-918
PBO 930-003-621
Tax: 9062338158
VAT: 4880255031


Laura Vicuña Educational Centre (LVEC),
Sr Motselisi Maliehe - Principal

Sancta Maria Early Learning Centre (SMELC)

Cnr Phillip & Beatrice Streets, Finetown,

Sr Giovanna Pecenti - Principal,  Cell: 083 984 1894, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bottom stripe