Mr Ndotenda Ravhandalala

Lebone College of Emergency Care (LCOEC) is a Gauteng Provincial Department of Health training College under the Directorate of the Gauteng Emergency Medical Services (EMS). LCOEC is where Gauteng EMS operational staff, and community are transformed and developed in order to meet the health needs of the Gauteng Province. The College was established in the 1980’s as the Transvaal Provincial Administration Ambulance College offering in-service and vocational specific educational courses at the Pretoria and Gauteng Colleges. After 1994, and with the reconceptualization of Emergency Medical Services and Training the two Colleges merged to form one and the College was renamed the Gauteng Ambulance Training College (GATC), still offering vocational courses. With further developments in EMS Training and Education, in 2000 the GATC was renamed LCOEC as we know it today.

EMS qualifications were introduced in South Africa in the form of short courses namely, Basic Life Support (BLS), Intermediate Life Support’ (ILS) and Critical Care Assistant (CCA). LCOEC offered those programmes up until the then Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, in terms of section 24 of the Health Professions Act, 1974 (Act No. 56 of 1974), signed the regulation which provide for the closure of the short course qualification registers.

Revised and new qualifications were now to be aligned to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the National Qualification Framework (NQF), as outlined, and described in the National Emergency Care Education and Training (NECET) Policy.

Taking the above into account it become necessary for LCOEC to create an enabling environment that will facilitate the migration of existing Gauteng EMS staff from the old qualification (short course) system towards the new three-tiered system. As the interim solution LCOEC entered a partnership with Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) through Service Level Agreement (SLA), which is aimed at creating platform to produce an emergency care provider.

The two previous years has been challenging for education and training due to COVID 19 which then saw the adoption of the hybrid teaching and learning model in which it’s a combination of face-to-face and virtual (or online) learning.  With this kind of teaching the College envisaged to produce emergency care personnel that are technologically inclined and literate in order to respond to a rapidly changing environment.

As the Principal of LCOEC, my vision is to ‘create an institution of academic excellence in research and Higher Education Training of Pre-hospital personnel’ which is aligned with the institution vision.

The college operates within a national landscape where access to higher education have been proven to be a challenging. The College in partnership with SMU has implemented the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy in both the Diploma and Higher Certificate programmes.

In August 2021 the minister of Health and Minister of Higher education entered into an agreement that will allow Emergency Medical Services training colleges to offer NQF aligned programmes. The college is currently working to acquire accreditation from the Council of Higher Education (CHE). Since qualifications like these are reserved as scarce skills in many parts of the world, both qualifications will have opportunity for employment within EMS and related industries.


To become the Industry Leader in the Education, Training and Development of Personnel and the Public on Emergency Care.

Provide an education environment where staff are transformed and developed to meet the unique needs of the EMS Environment in Gauteng.

Ensure that all Education, Training and Development conducted are closely aligned to the service needs of the Province.

Ensure that the recruitment and selection of learners are aligned to the Recruitment and Selection Policies of the Department, ensuring a transformed, effective labour force that is reflective of the demography of the Province.


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Strategic goals Planning:



  • Improved health and wellbeing with an emphasis on vulnerable groups
  • Reduce the rate of new HIV infections by 50% in youth, adults, and babies in Gauteng, and reduce deaths from TB and AIDS by 20%
  • Increased efficiency of service implementation
  • Human capital management and development for better health outcomes
  • Organisational excellence




  • To render pre-hospital emergency medical services, including inter-hospital transfers and planned patient transport services
  • Rendering emergency medical services including special operations, communications, and air ambulance services




  • Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Training College: training in emergency medical care programs and medical rescue. The target group includes actual and potential employees
  • Provision of bursaries for health science training programs at undergraduate levels / Certificate and Diploma
  • Provision of skills development interventions for all occupational categories in the Department