Through his involvement with the community he became aware of the need for accommodation, particularly for young people. A building with 60 rooms was erected on the corner of Pietermaritz and West Street. When this building became inadequate, a new building was built in 1970. The new facility on the corner of New Scotland Rd and Stalkers Alley had 230 rooms.
Jan Richter Front EntranceOver the next 40 years Jan Richter Centre adapted to changing needs in a changing Pietermaritzburg society. The need for accommodation and care for the elderly became more prominent. Jan Richters face changed from a place exclusively for young people, to a place for young and old. The realization that young and old can live together with mutual benefit, is of importance. We now cater for a more representative slice of the ages in our community.
The first manager of the new Jan Richter Centre was J.J.Hanekom, affectionately known as the legendary JJ. He faced many hardships to establish Jan Richter Centre as one of the best facilities of its kind, with unparalleled value for money.
In 1996 when JJ went on pension, Stoffel van Rensburg became the new manager. Stoffel, who is a qualified journeyman, technician and financial advisor, has a wide repertoire, enabling successful management. Mona van Rensburg, a qualified nurse is acting assistant manager. Mandy Smit joined the management team in 1998. Mandy is usually the first contact person in the office. She does bookings and bookkeeping as part of her routine.
The management team takes pride in the fact that THEY CARE. This approach serves as an example to other members of staff, and contributes towards a pleasant working and living environment.