The South Africa MTC opened its doors on July 24, 2003. The first group to enter totaled 14 missionaries. The first MTC president was Jerry McCleary of Salt Lake City, ably assisted by his wife, Sister Shirla McCleary. Mark Mocke has been the manager of training and operations since the opening and was trained by Brett Stimpson of the Provo MTC. The opening of the MTC was presided over by the Area President of the South Africa Southeast Area at the time, Elder Robert C. Oaks of the Seventy.
Since that time there have been a number of MTC presidents who have served with their wives, including Kenneth and Muriel Armstrong, John and Marsha Hill, Richard and Judy Cannon, Dean and Elaine Christensen, and currently Kenneth and Janet Reber.
The South Africa MTC is small by comparison with other MTCs (capacity is 38) but has a reputation for being an MTC where all missionaries are well known by the president and his wife, the staff, and the teachers, helping them feel well cared for and loved. This love and attention creates the ideal atmosphere for learning and growth. Missionaries also form lasting relationships with the other missionaries at the MTC. On average the South Africa MTC trains around 30 missionaries per intake, divided into three districts. The significant milestone of 1,000 missionaries trained at the South Africa MTC was reached in 2009.
The MTC shares a building with the South Africa Johannesburg Mission and is located near the Roodepoort chapel, where a few wards in two different stakes meet. Sports facilities include a sand volleyball court as well as an open-air basketball court. A soccer field is in the planning phase.
The climate in Johannesburg is temperate. Summers are hot with average temperatures of 75 °F (24 °C) and recurrent thunderstorms, and winters are mild with average temperatures of 55 °F (13 °C). Freezing temperatures occur only rarely. An average of 28 inches of rain fall per year, but this number varies widely and droughts are common.
Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s. v. "Johannesburg," accessed June 25, 2012.