The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa, Durban

Temple
Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa
P.O. Box 40002, Red Hill, 4071, Durban, South Africa
Phone: 27-31-5692974; Fax: 27-31-5693058
E-mail: [email protected]; Website: www.ramakrishna-sa.org.za

Sub Centres :

Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa, Chatsworth
Physical Address: 26 Moorcross, Drive, Moorton, Chatsworth 4030
Postal Address: P O Box 56049, Chatsworth 4030
E-mail: [email protected]

Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa, Ladysmith
Physical Address: 16 Agra Road, Ladysmith 3370
Postal Address: P O Box 2327, Ladysmith 3370
E-mail: [email protected]

Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa, Newcastle
Physical Address: Corner of Centre and Green Streets, Lennoxton, Newcastle 2940
Postal Address: P O Box 23646, Newcastle 3370
E-mail: [email protected]

Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa, Pietermaritzburg
45 Sarojini Road Northdale, Pietermaritzburg 3201
E-mail: [email protected]

The centre was founded in 1942 and was made a branch of Ramakrishna Mission in March 2007. Swami Sumanasananda is its President since July 2015.

Activities:

  • Medical Services: Providing specialist medical and surgical services to poor patients by giving consultancy services in 3 state hospitals, 2 private hospitals and medical clinics / camps, conducting general surgeries, hip-replacement surgeries, cataract operation camps, counseling, health awareness programmes, care-giver training, etc. During the year, 8350 patients were treated. The centre has a 26-bed home at KwaMashu (Ramakrishna Ethembeni Home) and another 40-bed home at Inanda (Ramakrishna Abalindi Home), both for terminally ill patients. It also runs veterinary clinics in some informal settlements.
  • Publication of an English quarterly Jyoti, and some booklets in local languages, Zulu and Afrikaans.
  • Five one-year certificate courses on Hindu Studies, Bhagavad Gita Studies, Religious Educare and Appreciation of Great Lives. 58 students appeared for the examination.
  • A research library with 1600 books and 10 periodicals and a
  • Development of children and the youth: Weekly classes on Hinduism for children (307 children), youth development programme, karate (50 students) and two annual cultural festivals for children.
  • Programmes for self-reliance and skill development by sponsoring students for education and training.
  • Legal advisory desk (with 5 advocates and 5 attorneys), which operates weekly to provide legal help to senior citizens, orphans and the destitute (112 persons benefited).
  • Weekly Senior Citizens Forum for nearly 600 senior citizens.
  • Daily worship, meditation and prayers, arati, reading from the scriptures, regular classes, discourses, audio-visual presentations, retreats for adults and children, etc. Shrines are maintained at seven places, viz. Chatsworth, Pietermaritzburg, Ladysmith, Newcastle, Dundee, Johannesburg and Phoenix.
  • Celebration of the birthdays of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and other spiritual luminaries, and festivals like Durga Puja.
  • Three family welfare centres at Phoenix, Chatsworth and Ladysmith from where humanitarian services are rendered among indigent communities.
  • Swami Vivekananda Centre for Human Excellence which incorporates several self-help activities and educational projects towards poverty Classes were conducted on sewing and art, coaching was given to metric learners, and a workshop was held on early childhood development (ECD) (33 people benefited).
  • At Phoenix, the centre maintains (a) a shrine, (b) a super-speciality clinic (15,060 patients), (c) a relief shelter for distressed women and children, and (d) a family welfare centre, where feeding and nutrition programmes are conducted.
Altar
Swami Vivekananda Statue
Centre of Human Excellence