We operate by our three core values, to LOVE our students, to CARE for them through all the challenges that they face and to give them HOPE for a future that they deserve.

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Instilling Success 

We strive to instill the key elements of success in our students; vision, discipline, integrity, determination and communication. We work to continually grow and develop as a centre and to make a positive difference in the lives of our underprivileged youth.

Creating Opportunities 

The impact of our youth development programmes reaches further than the individual. Empowering youth in our country with skills defines their identities, they take control of their own lives and contribute to the growth of our economy.  Their success positively contributes to their societies, improving the lives of their families and communities.


We offer a variety of SETA Accredited and Entrepreneurial Training Programmes that provide our students with the practical skills to pursue employment or entrepreneurial opportunities.


Our venue is available to hire for corporate or private functions. The Tata Madiba Conferencing Hall offers seating for up to 150 people, while our classrooms are perfect for smaller functions of up to 25 people.


Our on-site coffee shop operates six days a week and offers coffees, cakes, breakfasts and light lunches.  The coffee shop provides employment for many of our graduates..

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The Ray Mhlaba Skills Training Centre is an extension program of the EP Children’s Homes.  We are non-government funded organisation who rely solely on the support and generosity of corporate and private donors to continue our successful operation.

    Graduation – July 2019

    July 2019 has been a special month at the Ray Mhlaba Skills Training Centre with 67 of our students graduating in their respective courses including Bakery, Food & Beverage,...

    Graduation – December 2018

    As always the event was an emotional day filled with excitement, tears and laughter. The students walked onto the stage looking their best and feeling on top of the world,...

    Goodbye Fruit & Veg City, Hello Ray Mhlaba Veggie Patch

    One of our focuses for 2019 is food sustainability, with this in mind we made a start with our own veggie patch during 2018. The hospitality students have shown great interest in...

    A Student Never Forgets…

    In 2012 this young man pictured here, Vuyo, was enrolled in our woodwork programme. He told us his dream was to use his skills learned at the Centre to start his own carpentry...

    Bakery Students 2nd In Regional Pick n Pay Pie Bomb Deal

    Our current Bakery students are completing their practical hours with local Pick n Pay stores. The group of students pictured left were the runners up of the Regional Pie Bomb...

    From Ray Mhlaba Centre to the USA

    We are delighted to report that two of our former students are now working in the USA, Phakamisa (pictured left) was one of the first Hospitality students to enroll at the...

    Braai Master – THE WINNING TEAM!!

    We were approached to enter a team in the Braai Master challenge held at Champions Bar at the end of September, the event was a competition between local Hospitality training...

    Toastmasters Graduation – Cape Town

    Our students continue to exceed all our expectations. Pictured left is Aviwe, Gifty and Sindy all 2017 Hospitality Professional Cookery students who gained employment at the Cape...
    Sustainable Change