Archbishop Installed as Prior of St John for South Africa

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[St John News Release] The Most Reverend Dr Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of Cape Town was installed as Prior of the Order of St John in South Africa by His Royal Highness, Prince Richard Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO GCStJ at a ceremony held at Christ Church, Constantia in Cape Town earlier today.

At the same ceremony, Archbishop Makgoba was invested as a Knight of Justice of the Order, committing himself to the care of the sick and injured in line with the mottoes of the Order ‘For the Faith’ and ‘in service of humanity’ – Pro Fide and Pro Utilitate Hominum.

The ceremony incorporates hundreds of years of tradition, displaying the processional symbols of the Cross of the Order, the Sword and numerous colourful banners. Today’s ceremony had a distinctly South African flavour with volunteer St John Community Health Workers (typically known for taking health care services to young and old in communities such as Nyanga and Gugulethu) singing in praise of the new Prior.

Volunteer members of the local St John Brigade, known countrywide for their provision of emergency care services, played a pivotal role in the ceremony, leading processions and forming a Guard of Honour for the new Prior and his esteemed guests.

The Archbishop takes over the reins of the South African Priory from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who served as the head of the non-profit organisation from 2012 to 2017.


1. The Order of St John dates from the first Crusade in 1099 and is the only Order of Chivalry still performing the work for which it was originally founded – to alleviate the suffering of all mankind everywhere and to encourage its spiritual growth.

2. St John is a leading international supplier of first aid courses, first aid kits and community health care training. They are dedicated to improving the health, safety and quality of life of all South Africans through the provision of First Aid and Community Health training, Eye Care and various community projects.

3. Active in South Africa for over 130 years, St John offers a range of services including:

First Aid training

First Aid kits

Community Health training

Eye tests and the provision of spectacles

A national youth development programme (9 – 18 years)

A national volunteer programme (adult)

First Aid services at public and community events

Hospital transfers

4. During the 2016/17 financial year, St John trained 16 217 people in first aid.

5. There are currently 274 St John Community Health Volunteers working in local communities. They provided 100 779 nursing and home visits in the past year, treated more than 9 829 first aid cases and gave 146 health related talks and workshops to various community groups.

6. St John – South Africa operates 12 eye care clinics in major cities and towns around the country. Each clinic performs professional eye testing and dispenses spectacles to those underprivileged members of the community who are unable to afford commercial rates. Certain clinics offer free testing and spectacles to over 300 people annually (most notably the elderly and school children).

7. During the last financial year, St John Eye Care Clinics examined 21 911 patients, provided 11 814 pairs of spectacles and referred 1 161 patients to provincial hospitals for specialist treatment / surgery.

8. There are currently 1 334 uniformed adult Brigade volunteers, 496 youth members.


Excerpted from Wikipedia

The Order of St John, formally the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem (French: l’ordre très vénérable de l’Hôpital de Saint-Jean de Jérusalem) and also known as St John International, is a royal order of chivalry first constituted in 1888 by royal charter from Queen Victoria…

The order is found throughout the Commonwealth of Nations, Hong Kong, the Republic of Ireland, and the United States of America, with the worldwide mission “to prevent and relieve sickness and injury, and to act to enhance the health and well-being of people anywhere in the world.” The order’s approximately 25,000 members, known as confrères, are mostly of the Protestant faith, though those of other Christian denominations or other religions are accepted into the order…

The Order of St John is perhaps best known through its service organisations, including St John Ambulance and St John Eye Hospital Group, the memberships and work of which are not constricted by denomination or religion. It is a constituent member of the Alliance of the Orders of Saint John of Jerusalem. Its headquarters are in London and it is a registered charity under English law.

Provincial Notices

College of Transfiguration Anniversary upcoming events

College of Transfiguration announces the following upcoming events to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the College:

Transfiguration Week – and Leavers Dinner

Clergy School – Refreshment in Ministry


Zonnebloem College celebrates its 160th year

[By Rebecca Malambo, Diocese of Cape Town] On Friday, 9th March 2018, learners from the two primary schools (boys and girls), high school (Zonnebloem Nest) and staff of the Children’s Art Centre gathered at the Manor House on Zonnebloem Estate to celebrate the 160th anniversary of Zonnebloem.

The Revd Karl Groepe, representing the Anglican Church, opened in prayer and shared pearls of wisdom with the learners and teachers.

On 11th March 1858, a school opened its doors for the first time in the outhouses of the farm Protea, the home of the first Anglican bishop of Cape Town, Robert Gray. The school was a joint venture between Bishop Robert Gray and Sir George Grey (Governor of the Cape Colony) and was intended primarily but not exclusively to be a place where children (prince and princesses) of the Chiefs mostly from the border region of the Eastern Cape Colony could come and be educated and Christianised.

The school opened with 39 pupils, 36 boys and 3 girls but by the end of 1859, the numbers had grown and the Bishop was forced to seek new and larger premises for his school. About this time the farm, Zonnebloem (place of the sunflowers) situated on the slopes of Devil’s Peak just outside the City of Cape Town came onto the market and the Bishop and Governor pooled their resources and purchased the farm as the new home for the school. The school moved there in 1860.

The name of the farm, adopted as its emblem the sunflower and created the Latin motto ‘Et Fili Lucis Ambulate (Walk as children of the light).

A service of Thanksgiving took place on Saturday 10th March at St Mark’s District Six.



Anglicans Help To Build a Creation Care Movement In Southern Africa


[Green Anglicans] Twenty-eight Anglicans from eight countries attended the Creation Care and the Gospel Workshop in South Africa. The Conference was organized by Lausanne / WEA Creation Care Network and A Rocha ZA with Green Anglicans as one of the partner organizations.

The concept of Caring for God’s creation was affirmed at the 3rd Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization held in Cape Town (2010) by more than 4,200 Christian leaders. The congress stated:

“The earth is created, sustained and redeemed by Christ. We cannot claim to love God while abusing what belongs to Christ by right of creation, redemption, and inheritance… If Jesus is Lord of all the earth, we cannot separate our relationship to Christ from how we act in relation to the earth. For to proclaim the gospel that says ‘Jesus is Lord’ is to proclaim the gospel that includes the earth, since Christ’s Lordship is over all creation. Creation care is thus a gospel issue within the Lordship of Christ.”

The Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Conference (Southern Africa) is part of a global campaign to stimulate a creation care movement across countries of Southern Africa. The conference seeks to empower Christians to develop new and strengthen existing creation care partnerships and initiatives throughout Southern Africa.


• To explore the theme of creation care in the Bible.

• To equip, catalyze and facilitate Christian creation care movements in local contexts and to encourage existing initiatives within the region.

• To exchange stories of creation care in action, share resources and knowledge, and foster new and existing partnerships.

• To develop a strong and active regional network of creation care practitioners and advocates.

Twenty eight Anglicans from Anglican Church of Central Africa and Southern Africa attended the conference from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique.


The conference looked first at the Word of God, with inspiring speakers looking at Creation Care in the Bible. The key note speaker was Rev Dave Bookless of Arocha who is from the Diocese of London – he shared on the Old Testament and Eschatology. Ruth Valerio also an Anglican works for Tearfund and shared on the life of Jesus. Bishop Chad and Rev Sam Sifelani from the Diocese of Harare, Zimbabwe shared on the call to Eco-justice.


Bruce Hewitson (Diocese of Cape Town and a South African rep for the IPCC) shared on climate change. Rev Peter Houston (Diocese of natal) challenged us on Water Justice. Seth from Arocha Ghana looked at environmental degradation.


Wonderful breakaway sessions were held on topics such as “forming partnerships (Rev Sifelani –Diocese of Harare), “Creating a Creation Care service” (Rev Rachel Mash ), “Energy “(Safcei), “Farming Gods way – conservation agriculture” ; “How to care for creation in a world dominated by economics”Seth Ken Appiah Kubi, “Eco-church “ Ruth Valerio.

Held in a beautiful part of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa, there were opportunities to visit some of the wonderful conservation programs in the area – and to participate in tree planting and clean ups.

Evening worship was held next the river on the theme of “Sacred water” and under the trees on the theme of “Hope when the climate is changing” led by Rev Mpho Mohale (Diocese of Christ the King) and rev Zama Sigudla from Swaziland.

A wonderful cultural evening was held to celebrate the vibrancy of the cultures and languages of this part of Africa.

Action plans were then made which focused on tree planting, clean ups, campaigns on banning the plastic bag, soil erosion and conservation agriculture.

Evening services were held in creation on the themes of “Sacred water” and “Serving God in a changing climate”

A wonderful closing Eucharist was held by Canon Sumani of Malawi and Rev Rachel Mash of South Africa.

The Green Anglicans movement had the opportunity to stay for an extra half day to look at how to take the movement forward and to build partnerships with Tearfund in the region.







Provincial Notices

Vacancy – Diocesan Secretary, Diocese of Zululand

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the post of

Diocesan Secretary

in the Diocese of Zululand to assume on the 1st of January 2019

Description and Purpose of the Post:

The Diocesan Secretary is the senior executive responsible for the management and control of finance and administration in the Diocese of Zululand, her/his immediate superior being the Bishop of Zululand.

Primary responsibilities include –

 ensuring that the Diocese maintains an effective, efficient and transparent financial management and control system;

 effective management of human resources;

 enabling appropriate governance procedures to be in place to ensure accountability and transparency, in compliance with the Acts of the Diocese, the Canons of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and the laws of the RSA;

 ensuring that property, heritage and archive resources for both the Diocese and the parishes are effectively managed and controlled, while enabling effective support to the various parishes and organisations;

 to act as Secretary to Diocesan Council, Diocesan Trust Board and other such bodies and to be responsible for the agendas, reports and minutes;

 to be an ex officio member of all committees appointed to arrange Diocesan Synod, Elective Assemblies and consecrations and to assist with all the planning and administration of these events;

 to be responsible for the training of church officers in parish administration


The applicant should have a relevant Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification in Business Management and Accounting and must be computer literate.


The applicant should have –

 had experience (5 years or more) in the management of an organisation requiring the ability to communicate, work with and understand the needs of the various levels within the organisation.

Personal traits:

the ability to make decisions while retaining empathy in dealing with people;

 honesty and trustworthiness;

 the ability to work under pressure and to work overtime whenever necessary;

 the confidence to monitor and to discipline administrative staff where necessary;

 it is desirable that he/she be a confirmed communicant of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa; and

 excellent verbal and written communication skills in English; however, the ability to communicate in isiZulu would be an advantage.

The successful applicant will have to understudy the current Diocesan Secretary

for three months (October to December 2018).

Remuneration: A remuneration package, commensurate with experience.

Closing Date for Applications: 30th June 2018

Written applications together with the relevant documents must be posted to the Bishop of Zululand:

P O Box 147



or emailed to:

or hand delivered to:

Mrs June Smith

92 Main Street