Lovedale was established in 1824, in the small town of Alice. John Bennie of the Glasgow Missionary Society of Scotland founded Lovedale through the influence of Dr John Love, after whom it was named.
Lovedale TVET College is a merger of the former Zwelethemba Technical College from Zwelitsha, Lovedale Community College from Alice and the satellite campus of East London College in King William’s Town. The name Lovedale was chosen because of its rich academic and political heritage.
In 2002, when 152 technical colleges throughout the country were merged into 52 mega-colleges, Lovedale Public FET College was formed by the merger of the three above mentioned institutions.
When the colleges were placed under the Department of Higher Education in 2015, their names were changed from Further Education and Training (FET) to Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges.
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