Ekululameni Rehabilitation & Training Centre
Ekululameni Rehabilitation & Training Centre (ERTC) was founded in 1970 by Fr. Angelo Ciccone, under the auspices of St. Joseph’s Catholic Mission. It is housed within the mission grounds and shares space with schools, a boarding home, crèche, health services, and a post office. They provide Technical and Vocational Education and Training programmes (TVET).
Optometry, Orthopaedics & Carpentry business activities provide core funding: The optical department has a modern showroom, is well equipped and provides same-day service, fashionable frames and high quality lenses. We have an orthopaedic workshop where artificial limbs, wheelchairs callipers and crutches are made, sold and repaired and a Physio unit to complement this. The carpentry workshop uses modern machinery to produce a range of high quality furniture, doors and windows. ERTC currently provides vocational studies for 50 - 60 students and most attend for 2-3 years, graduating with a National Certificate qualifications. ERTC receives a large number of applicants but enrolments cannot be increased due to government funding constraints. Prospective students need to be 18 or older and have some form of disability – cognitive, mental, and physical. Trainees pay a nominal fee towards tuition and residential expenses. New trainees undergo a 6 week induction in all vocational subjects on offer to provide them with an opportunity to select an area of specialization.
- Furniture (Cabinet making and joinery)
- Woodwork (Wood carving)
- Block-work (Block and brick laying)
- Fence making
- Vegetable gardening
- Eye Testing
- Lenses & Frames
7. LITERACY SKILLS IN SISWATI, ENGLISH AND NUMERACY
ERTC also provides short courses in candle making and cement tile making. These run concurrently with core courses and are designed to provide additional skills and a competitive edge when perusing self-employment opportunities. On graduation, trainees receive a work toolkit to help in gaining employment. ERTC staff also attempt to sensitise the graduates’ local community to raise awareness about disability issues and graduates’ vocational skills.
ERTC also provides the following services to the general community at a fee.
Carpentry: Furniture, Woodwork
Optical Glasses: Eye Testing, Lenses & Frames