Cnr Poplar & Cedar Avenue, Thornton, Cape Town, 7460
TEL-(021) 531 9124

THORNTON CAMPUS - Capacity & Background

Thornton Campus is situated in the heart of Thornton on the corner on Poplar and Cedar avenue. Prior to being a College, it was a high school. Thornton High School was in existence, from 1964 until end of 1991. In 1992 the building was given to the former Western Province College. They then started teaching Civil and Mechanical Engineering and also build the necessary workshops for the training of skill in Civil and Mechanical Engineering.

The campus comprises of a main building and several accredited training facilities as well as a residence for students. We are proud that students from all over Africa study on-campus, creating a multicultural atmosphere. Our campus is well equipped with first rate facilities and is an innovative learning hub providing students with access to student support, workshops, tutorial rooms, study areas and excellent learning facilities. In addition to excellent study facilities, we provide an environment that facilitates the creation of lifelong friendships.

We would like to see ourselves as the home of mechanical and civil engineering serving the community, the industry, the country and Africa and inspiring hope.


Tutorial Rooms

Thornton Ccampus has exceptional teaching facilities. The main building houses 30 tutorial rooms, all equipped with a Smartboard and Internet access. We also have two well equipped computer laboratories.

Training Academies

Our state-of-the-art training facilities make use of the latest technology and industry standards to support modern, world-class teaching and learning and cutting-edge processes. The campus has 5 well equipped training academies.

  • The hand-skills academy
  • Machining Academy
  • Welding Academy
  • Fitting Academy
  • Plumbing Academy


Thornton Residence opened its doors in September 1997. The Residence operates on a Trimester basis, and accommodates 120 Engineering students -  male and female – from N1 to N6. There are two students to a room. There is 24-Hour security. The building consists of three floors. There are gym facilities on the landings of the first and second floors. There are laundry facilities.

The grounds are extensive. Students can enjoy the large swimming pool, tennis / netball courts and fields for playing football and rugby. There is also a Futsal Court. When students take a break from their studies, they can play pool in the dining hall. There is a piano and DSTV. The kitchen staff provide wholesome meals, the cost of which is inclusive in the accommodation fee. There is a member of the academic staff on duty 24/7. A House Committee is elected every trimester.

The Thornton Residence provides a safe and cheerful student experience in a “home away from home” atmosphere.


The campus manager, Mr Frikkie O'Connell, is competently assisted in meeting the executive requirements of the various campus management areas by a team of senior educators and administrators. 

Ms Bonnie Liebenberg
Ms Bonnie LiebenbergProgramme Manager
T: (021) 531 9124

NC(V) Building&Civil Eng. L2-4
NC(V) Mechanical Eng. L2-4
N4-N6: Building&Civil Eng.
N4-N6: Mechanical Engineering
Pre-Vocational Learning (PLP)
Ms Charlotte Santi
Ms Charlotte SantiProgramme Manager
T: (021) 531 9124

Upholstery NQF Level 2&3
Mrs Martie Taljaard
Mrs Martie TaljaardHOD (Senior)
T: (021) 531 9124

NC(V) Mechanical Eng. L2-4
Mrs Charney Harley
Mrs Charney HarleyHOD (Senior)
T: (021) 531 9124

Pre-Vocational Learning (PLP)
Mr Sean Smith
Mr Sean SmithHOD (Senior)
T: (021) 531 9124

NC(V) Building&Civil Eng. L2-4
Mr Frikkie O'Connell
Mr Frikkie O'ConnellCampus Manager
T: (021) 531 9124

Fitting & Turning
Mr du Plessis
Mr du PlessisSenior
T: (021) 531 9124

Fitting & Turning
Trade Testing
Ms Gadija Mustapha
Ms Gadija MustaphaCampus Coordinator
T: (021) 531 9124

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Thornton, Cape Town

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Thornton Campus


Mr Frikkie O’Connell
- (021) 531 9124


Cnr Poplar & Cedar Avenue, Thornton, Cape Town
TEL-(021) 531 9124

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