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The Emthonjeni Centre

Emthonjeni means drawing from the Fountain, whereas Umthombo, the name of the main building of the School of Human and Community Development, means Fountain.

The Emthonjeni Centre (EC) opened its doors in April 2007 to the community. The multidisciplinary Centre, an initiative by the School of Human and Community Development, offers psychological, social work, speech pathology and audiology services to the public.

The Centre aims to provide quality services at nominal fees for the disadvantaged communities and will offer assessment, intervention, counselling and psychotherapy with particular emphasis on early diagnosis and intervention. One of the objectives of the EC is to engage with the needs of communities, as well as with caregivers and community workers in order to facilitate better understating on issues pertaining to community development.

The establishment of the Centre will not only enhance the quality of professional training in the School of Human and Community Development, but will also improve the efficiency and effectiveness of services to the community. The EC will serve as the nerve centre of services offered to approximately 44 schools, 8 hospitals, 32 civil society individual organizations, serving about 803 clients per year. Services are delivered by undergraduate and postgraduate students in the professional training degrees and supervised by lecturing staff.

The integrated approach of service delivery provides the school and therefore the University a unique opportunity of leading in higher education?s response to community needs. The focus of service delivery will gravitate in a much more coherent manner towards grassroots community development, embracing the philosophy of service learning.

More ambitiously, the Centre also aims to establish collaborative networks with institutions internationally with a particular focus on the African continent. It is hoped that this will nurture scholarship and generate knowledge that promotes sustainable development in the region. With the School taking on a more aggressive drive towards research, the EC will provide an abundant data-base for research which will have both clinical and theoretical implications.


Dr Sharon Moonsamy 

Tel: 011 717-4583   

Ms Paballo Lepota
Administrative Officer 
Tel: 011 717-4513