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.
- 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.