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Mount Carmel is seeking for a Caretaker

posted Jan 26, 2012, 7:56 AM by Aliwal Diocese   [ updated May 29, 2014, 12:09 AM by Tinashe Tombe ]


Purpose of the Role

The caretaker will ensure that the centre is maintained in an appropriate manner and will provide a key part of the support structure for the activities on offer at the centre.


·         A candidate with grade 10 to 12 or ABET level 4 qualification

·         Preferably a young physically fit person with technical skills with an interest in developing a career in centre management, working with other youth.

        Experience of caretaking of premises and buildings.

        Practical DIY skills for minor repairs

·         Knowledge /experience in catering will be an added advantage

        Managerial experience or supervisory experience will be an added advantage

        A valid driver’s licence.

        Candidate will be required to stay at the Centre


  • Ensure the centre and associated areas of the site are in proper order for business.
  • Ensure the centre is safe and secure.
  • Assist in a variety of ways with maintenance of the centre:

(a) Drawing to the attention of the appropriate authorities, any repair or maintenance work required at the centre which is beyond the caretaking staff.

(b) Carry out minor or temporary repairs.

(c) Carrying out routine maintenance procedures and inspection of ancillary equipment such as checking borehole pumps and irrigation system.

(d) Ensure garden and centre grounds are well maintained

·         Liaise with participants and visitors to ensure their requirements are met.

  • Liaise with external contractors/suppliers in conjunction with management in undertaking maintenance work on site and supervise them where necessary.
  • To be the person of authority in the absence of the Centre Manager, Programme Manager, Hospitality/ Catering Supervisor.


R7 000


 A six months contract which terminates December 2014.

 Please send your CV’s accompanied with motivational letters to or Post: Attention  Mr Nhlanhla Radebe, P O Box 27, Aliwal North, 9750 

German Consulate Donates Dining hall Furniture and Laundry Equipment

posted Aug 31, 2011, 8:01 AM by Aliwal Diocese   [ updated Sep 3, 2013, 6:45 AM by Tinashe Tombe ]

  Mount Carmel  would like to thank the German Consulate for donating money so the centre could purchase the 
 furniture for the newly constructed hall and purchase washing machines and industrial iron for the laundry room .The Donation is greatly appreciated and has surely made a difference to the services Mount Carmel offers to the community.

New changes at Mount Carmel

posted Aug 22, 2011, 10:04 AM by Aliwal Diocese   [ updated Aug 23, 2011, 10:07 AM ]

In July 1948 John Austin Smith donated Mount Carmel to the Holy Cross Sisters in loving memory of his two children, Kathleen and Jackie. The purpose of this farm was firstly, to be home for the aged and sick sisters and secondly, for educational and ecclesiastical purposes. The Holy Cross sisters ran the farm and uplifted the local community for many years emphasizing education and housing.

On 1st January of this year the Holy Cross Sisters kindly donated the farm to the Catholic Diocese of Aliwal North as most of the sisters had retired to Fatima House. The Diocese will now run Mount Carmel as a Youth, training, conference and retreat centre.

The Centre has its focus on youth and children and the people working with them such as teachers and crèche personnel. The latter shall help to develop proper commitment and quality services together with a great ethos.

Mount Carmel Centre has had a few interdenominational conferences, retreats and meetings. Great plans are ahead and under the steady leadership of our Bishop, Michael Wüstenberg building and renovations have already started. This will include new accommodation for 64 guests, 4 supervisor cottages, a new dining hall, which will seat over 200 guests.

Mount Carmel will eventual discontinue with the cattle farming aspect as most of our time and energy will be focussed on the new Diocesan Centre. However the vegetable garden and small farm animals will remain.

Mt Carmel has already hosted its first wedding function in our quaint chapel. Guests of Rob and Renet Dorrington enjoyed the simple, clean and unspoilt beauty of our B and B facilities. Congratulations Rob and Renet.

Planning a celebration? Wanting a few days rest and relaxation? Needing a venue for a school function come and see what we have to offer. You are all most welcome.

For any further information please contact: 
Tel: 051 633 2342


posted Jul 6, 2011, 6:40 AM by Aliwal Diocese   [ updated May 22, 2014, 4:03 AM by Tinashe Tombe ]

Diocese of Hildesheim supports facilitator's building

posted Jun 6, 2011, 9:51 AM by Aliwal Diocese   [ updated Jun 23, 2011, 8:40 AM ]

Bishop Michael diocese of origin is kindly supporting our project with an amount of about R 460 000. Thanks to their generous help, we will be able to build our facilitator's accommodations. 

German Embassy supports construction

posted Jun 6, 2011, 9:13 AM by Aliwal Diocese   [ updated Jun 8, 2011, 12:08 AM ]

South African German Embassy has decided to support Mount Carmel Project by giving a donation of an amount of about R 100 000.
This amount will enable the construction of a 20sqm building dedicated to Tuckshop and Laundry.

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