Visit the WCG eCentre in Genadendal | Western Cape Government

Visit the WCG eCentre in Genadendal


Genadendal is the oldest mission station in South Africa and was originally known as Baviaanskloof. The first Teachers' Training College in South Africa, now the museum building, was launched in 1838.

Genadendal is a quaint historic village tucked away in the Overberg mountains. It was established in 1738 by missionary George Schmidt, sent by the German Moravian Church to convert the local Khoi people. Its rich cultural past, the museum located on the “werf” and its many well-preserved Cape Dutch buildings on Monrovia Street attracts many visitors from all over.

Genadendal has a population of about 5000 people. Most residents work on nearby farms, but like many small and rural communities, many people in Genadendal are affected by unemployment and poverty. Finding work is difficult in Genadendal, but for many residents, the WCG eCentre in Genadendal provides hope.

The Genadendal WCG eCentre inside the library building on Strydom Avenue opened in 2008. The eCentre assists approximately 80 to 100 visitors daily, with many visiting the eCentre to edit or create their CVs.

The eCentre has 20 PCs that residents can use free of charge to browse the internet, print documents, and complete other tasks that require a computer. Many students use the eCentre to write online exams, complete assignments, and check their results.

According to Andrew Alexander, centre administrator, many local entrepreneurs started their business adventure at the eCentre.

Residents looking to upskill themselves can visit the Genadendal WCG eCentre to participate in the following courses for free: Basic Training, E-Learner Training and the ICDL course.

Furthermore, the following services are available to the community:

  • Internet access (45 minutes a session).
  • Email facilities.
  • Help setting up email accounts.
  • Online job searches and applications.
  • Free printing (maximum 10 pages a day).
  • Assistance with college and university applications online.
  • Typing of CVs.
  • Creating SARS tax numbers.

For more information

Tel: 028 251 8668



Genadendal Library
Strydom Avenue

Operating Hours:

Monday 08:00 – 17:00

Tuesday 08:00 – 17:00

Wednesday 08:00 – 17:00

Thursday 08:00 – 17:00

Friday 08:00 – 15:30

The content on this page was last updated on 11 May 2023