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The Salesians of Don Bosco (SDBs) run projects in many African countries, which have been adversely impacted by HIV/AIDS. 

There are an array of projects in Southern Africa AFM Province, including South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho.

The focus is on meeting the needs of orphaned children, training vulnerable and disadvantaged youth. The presence of these SDB youth centres offers a unique opportunity to link crucial HIV/AIDS prevention efforts with the youth development activities for which the SDBs are already well-known. 

For more information on individual projects please see below or click on one of the links on the right. 

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.




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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: http://www.techpro2.com/en/homepage

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Contact Details

Don Bosco Educational Projects (DBEP)

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

James & Zirconium Streets, Ext 6 Ennerdale, Gauteng

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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

website www.donboscoeducationalprojects.co.za


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.

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The Salesian Institute in Cape Town city was built in 1910, a decade or so after the SDBs first established themselves in South Africa. Over the years it served as an orphanage, later as a technical school and it now accommodates the SALESIAN INSTITUTE YOUTH PROJECTS (SIYP) which run a range of projects for youth at risk.

The following programmes are run from the SI:

  • Learn to Live School of Skills
  • Porsche Project



LEARN TO LIVE School of Skills (L2L)

L2L educational programme for street children has been recognised as an independent school by the Western Cape Educational Department. Between 40 and 90 school children  from various shelters in and around Cape Town or directly off the street, attend daily, including school drop-outs from various communities.  In addition to the school curriculum there are activities such as soccer, swimming, music, dancing, art and drama. Life Skills form an integral part of the curriculum. The ethos is one of acceptance and development.

Many of the learners attending L2L are able to reintergrate into mainstream schooling, once they have

been placed in a more stable home environment.





Contact Details

Salesian Institute Youth Projects (SIYP)

P O Box 870, Cape Town, 8000

2 Somerset Road Cnr Chiappini Street, Greenpoint, Cape Town

Tel:  021 425-1450


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This innovative HIV/AIDS prevention project works with youth between the age of 10 - 19 and is located at the Salesians’ Lansdowne premises in Cape Town.


With a growing population of youth in South Africa (over 19 million), now more than ever, it is essential to nurture them for the future of our country.


Life Choices is founded on the belief that once off interventions are not enough to transform a young person's life.


With this in mind we provide comprehensive services in Family Stability, Health, Education and Leadership. Life Choices believes that these four building blocks are critical for youth to thrive.

Since 2005, Life Choices have impacted over 138,000 lives with choices and not charity.


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Contact Details

P O Box 14290, Lansdowne, 7790

312 Imam Haron Road, Lansdowne, Cape, 7780 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel:    021 696-4157
Ms Sofia Neves - Project Director  

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Manzini1For more than 50 years MANZINI YOUTH CARE (MYC)  in Swaziland has provided support and care for homeless and marginalised youth, who would otherwise be living on the streets. Based on the guiding principals of the Salesians, MYC's holistic approach provides the basics of food, shelter, clothing, medical treatment, education, skills training, assistance with job placement or self-employment, and moral and spiritual development.


Through the support of many international and local donors, MYC has extended its commitment to marginalised and underprivileged youth. MYC has responded to the needs of the community and developed social, educational and entrepreneurial projects in addition to its residential homes. The fundamental aim of every project is to address problems caused by poverty, so the most needy are able to look forward to a more sustainable and hopeful future.


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Contact Details
PO Box 3700, Manzini, Swaziland
Office 2, Bosco Study Centre, Southern Distributor Road, Manzini, Swaziland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Tel / Fax Office: (+268) 2505 6963

Skype: Manzini.youth.care
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DON BOSCO MISSION, MALKERNS  The 11 acre property was acquired for Emalengeni E300 per acre, and the final transfer took place on 30th April 1973. 


Don Bosco High School, Malkerns    After getting approval from the local education authority and Chief Lusendo, Fr Pat Flemming secured the initial funding from the mission office in Pallaskenry and from a tour of his diocese in Ireland, as well as financial aid from the German Catholic bishops under their agency Miseor. 

The school was first used on 26th January 1983, 2 classrooms were furnished with desks and chairs. The other 2 classrooms, despite having little or no furniture, had to accommodate Fr John Butler, the Headmaster, his small staff as well as a supply for a science laboratory.

The qualified and experienced Salesian headmaster had 2 degrees both obtained at University of Dublin. Of the 3 staff members, 2 were school leavers with no teaching qualifications and a retired teacher.

In subsequent years a Science Laboratory, metal work shop, Technical drawing room, 2 animal houses for agriculture, 6 classrooms and 7 teachers houses were added.

The school hall built in 1975-76 was blessed by the Rector Major and is known as John Bosco Hall.


John Bosco Primary School, Malkerns 

In 1982 the Salesians received a request from Lusito Child Care management unit to take over responsibility for running the project. The request made by Susan Kershaw, Managing Director of the Project, was passed onto the Salesian Sisters (FMA) or The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

The sisters had seen a suitable property, next to Mangozeni village.  A quick survey of the village revealed that there were 60 - 70 children not attending school and another 15 children from another village.

After a considerable delay the site was given to the Salesians, to use as a primary school for the children of Malkerns.


Contact Details

PO Box 391, Malkerns , Swaziland
Main Road, Mahlanya, Malkerns, Swaziland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel / Fax Office: (+268) 2528 3545 

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St Luke’s Salesian Mission in Maputsoe, is situated on the border of South Africa near Ficksburg. The Salesians here are responsible for St Luke’s Parish – one of the largest missions in the diocese of Leribe. There are also pre-schools, primary and high schools which are animated in partnership with the Salesian Sisters, who also run the Mazzarello Craft Centre where girls with less academic aptitude learn sewing and tailoring skills. 


Contact Details

P.O. Box 75, 350 Maputsoe, Lesotho
St Luke's Mission, Sir Seretse Khama Road, Maputsoe, Lesotho This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel / Fax: (+00266) 2243 0247


Ferrando Convent, Ha Chonapase

P.O. Box 85, Maputsoe - 350, Lesotho This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel / Fax: (+00266) 2243 0595


The Sacred Heart Parish, Ha Seleso Primary School and Abia High School are situated in Ha Seletso, Maseru.


Contact Details
Mr Letsela -  Principal Abia High School

Tel / Fax: (+00266) 283 17208

Mrs Mamolise Ntabaki - Principal Ha Seletso Primary School
Tel / Fax: (+00266) 581 35247  
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