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RIP Canon John Stubbs

The Revd. Canon Dr John Stubbs died in Orland Park, Illinois, on August 16, aged 68. He was living in retirement in the United States, where he had married again, to Barbara. The Archbishop wrote this letter of condolence to the members of his family:

I write to you to convey the Anglican Church of Southern Africa’s condolences on John’s death last week.

Mkhululi Duncan, Paul and Khuthaza: going back to the days when your parents – John and Nommso – were pioneers in ministry together, your father was a faithful servant of the Church in Southern Africa.

After having to leave South Africa, and studying and serving the church in the United States, he returned to make a substantial contribution to the Province as Dean of Studies from 1991 until 1999. He then went on to serve in the historically significant position as Dean of Grahamstown at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. George.

From the tributes published in the United States, he clearly continued to endear himself to his congregants in New York and Massachusetts.

We are proud in this Province to read, in an obituary published in the US, that in that country also, “John spoke out against racism and indifference to those in need. He was actively involved in issues and movements of civil rights, peace and community service. He made space for those hurting, the under-represented, and the discounted. He was also an advocate of women’s ordination.”

May you feel the strength of God’s comfort as your mourn his loss and celebrate his life.

May John rest in peace and rise in glory

Yours in Christ’s service

++Thabo Cape Town

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Cape Town diocesan tribunal completes hearings

The Tribunal completed the hearing of evidence yesterday and will consider its judgement upon receipt of heads of argument from the respective legal representatives. Judgement is expected during September.

Tribunal of the Diocese of Cape Town

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Synod of Bishops to elect new Diocesan for eSwatini

Kindly be informed that the Elective Assembly of the Diocese of Swaziland has delegated the election of its new Bishop to the Synod of Bishops.

Please keep the Diocese and the Synod of Bishops in your prayers.

Sincerely in Christ,

THE REVD DR MAKHOSI NZIMANDE
Provincial Executive Officer

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RIP Bishop Merwyn Castle

A letter from the Archbishop to the Bishop of False Bay, the Right Revd Margaret Vertue:

Dear Bishop Margaret

I write to convey the condolences of the Diocese of Cape Town and of the Province to you and your Diocese upon hearing the sad news of the death of Bishop Merwyn Castle.

Bishop Merwyn was known to us all as a gentle, caring soul who loved the Church deeply and cared for her people tirelessly. In various capacities, including Dean of Johannesburg, Chaplain to the then Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Bishop-Suffragan of Cape Town, he was an example of humility and self-sacrifice. Persecuted at times for an aspect of his identity which he did not choose – his sexual orientation – he bore the resulting suffering with dignity and forbearance.

However, the principal legacy for which the Church will remember him is his establishment of the Diocese of False Bay, and his election as the first Bishop of your Diocese. It was in this role until his retirement that the finest qualities of his ministry came to full fruition. It was no doubt partly in response to his gentle shepherding that such a diverse Diocese became a pioneer in South Africa and the Province in electing you as his successor.

May Merwyn’s dear soul rest in peace and rise in glory.

++Thabo Cape Town

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RIP Freddy Pilusa

The Province mourns the death of Chabopye Freddy Pilusa, who served as President of the Anglican Students’ Federation in 1992 and 1993.

He studied at the University of the Western Cape, and went on to work at the South African Council of Churches.

More recently, he was widely known as a communications consultant, and was adviser and spokesperson for a number of prominent South Africans.

We celebrate his life, and extend our deepest condolences to his family.

May he rest in peace, and rise in glory.

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Reading on a Basic Income Grant

SOCIAL PROTECTION IN A TIME OF COVID: LESSONS FOR BASIC INCOME SUPPORT

Commissioned by the Black Sash

(Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, after attending a webinar on this subject, recommends this paper as informative.)

Executive Summary

The Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant (Covid-19 SRD) was introduced in South Africa in May 2020 to mitigate the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. It provided for people between 18 and 59 years of age, who had no income nor access to any other form of social assistance.

This was an unprecedented moment in the history of social security in South Africa, initiated under enormous pressure in a remarkably short space of time. It drew people who had previously been excluded from the social grant programme, namely those aged 18 to 59 years, into the social protection network, creating a platform for Basic Income Support in the future.

And yet, the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant was not perfect. The R350 amount was not linked to an objective measure of poverty, and fell well below the food poverty line (R585). There were also many challenges of exclusions and inequitable access, particularly for women, foreign nationals, and people living in rural areas. This qualitative study, conducted in all nine provinces, has sought to understand how the Covid-19 SRD Grant was distributed and how people experienced its distribution. We hope these consolidated learnings inform the development and implementation of Basic Income Support in the near future.

Download the full paper below:

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Nominees for Bishop of Swaziland

An Elective Assembly of the Diocese of Swaziland will be convened on August 4 & 5, 2021 to elect a successor to the late Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya.
 
Please pray for the following nominees who have been nominated for Bishop in the forthcoming Elective Assembly:
 

  • The Revd Charles Mhlaba Kunene &
  • The Very Revd Advent Nhlanhla Dlamini

 
Sincerely in Christ,
 
THE REVD DR MAKHOSI NZIMANDE
Provincial Executive Officer

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Bishops Elect new Bishop of Natal

The Electoral College of Bishops met virtually on 9 July 2021 to elect a Bishop for the vacant see of Natal.

Bishop Nkosinathi Ndwandwe, the Bishop of Mthatha, was elected as Bishop of Natal on the first ballot.

Please pray for Bishop Nkosinathi, his family and the Dioceses of Mthatha and Natal as they prepare for his translation and installation.

Sincerely in Christ,

THE REVD DR MAKHOSI NZIMANDE
Provincial Executive Officer

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Grants for education of clergy’s children – 2021

Applications are invited for this year’s educational grants for children of clergy from the Robert Selby Taylor Will Trust.

The deadline for this year’s applications is August 31, 2021.

Under the rules of the trust, grants are limited to the children of stipendiary clergy only. Applications, endorsed by the Bishop of the Diocese in which the cleric applying for a grant is licensed, should be submitted to Bishopscourt at the following email address: archreception@anglicanchurchsa.org.za

The grants do not cover the costs of clergy studies or pre-school and preparatory education. The Robert Selby Taylor Will Trust Fund should be regarded as “last resort” rather than first port of call for funding.

To download full details and an application form, click on the links below:

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RIP Bishop Derek Damant

The Right Revd Brian Marajh, the Bishop of George, has announced the death of Bishop Derek Damant, who was Bishop of the Diocese from 1984 to 1999.

Bishop Damant was also formerly Dean of Pretoria.  He was ordained in 1958 and served as chaplain at St. Andrew’s School, Bloemfontein and principal of St. Stephen’s Diocesan High School in Mohale’s Hoek.

Please pray for Dr Marylynn Damant, his widow, and their family.

FROM THE BISHOP’S DESK:

Dear Brothers and Sisters.

We woke up this morning with the news that Bishop Derek passed away peacefully in the early hours of this morning.

We thank God for his life and witness. May his soul rest in peace and rise in glory. Please keep Marilynn and the family in your prayers.

Yours in the service of Christ,

+ Brian George

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Tribunal of the Diocese of Cape Town [update 11/8]

[Update for 12/8] The Tribunal has completed its hearings, and the links to hearing recordings have now been archived, hence no longer appear on this page.

[Update for 11/8] The Tribunal hearing will resume at 9 am on Wednesday at the following link:

[Update 10/8] The Tribunal hearing resumes at 08h45 today. The webcast of the hearing can be viewed here:

[Update 5/8] Tribunal proceedings resume today and continue tomorrow and next week. Proceedings today and tomorrow can be viewed on the following links:

[Update 29/7] The parties have agreed that the Tribunal will reconvene on Thursday 5th August 2021 at 0930 and thereafter on 6th, 10th, and 11th August as required.

[Update July 23] The hearing reconvened on 21 July as agreed but was further postponed owing to the indisposition of the Rev June Major. The Tribunal will convene again on 5 August 2021 or, failing that, 18 August 2021. The link will be published as usual for those who wish to follow the proceedings.

Tribunal of the Diocese of Cape Town, July 23, 2021

[June 28] The Tribunal opened today and has been adjourned until 21 July 2021 at 0930 because of the ill health of one of the participants.

All parties have been instructed to desist from derogatory communication or any attempt to influence tribunal members by any means,  during the adjournment period.

The reconvened hearing will continue to be available virtually.

Tribunal of the Diocese of Cape Town

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Tribunal of the Revd Melvin Booysen [updated]

A tribunal of the Diocese of Cape Town set up to hear charges against the Revd Melvin Booysen is scheduled to begin hearings on Monday June 28 at 9.30 am.

The tribunal arises out of allegations made by the Revd June Major.

The Canons mandate that the proceedings of tribunals take place in public. However, since under Covid-19 regulations there can be no physical access to the venue by the public, the proceedings can be followed on YouTube at the following address:

[This post was updated by the replacement of the link to the YouTube feed at 11:15 am on Monday June 28. Thanks to the Diocese of Cape Town for the new link.] [The tribunal has adjourned until July 21 on account of one of the lawyers involved testing positive for Covid-19]

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Diocese of Cape Town: Diocesan Tribunal

The President of the forthcoming Diocesan Tribunal in Cape Town, Bishop Peter Lee, has announced that the parties have agreed that the hearing will begin on Monday 28 June 2021.

In present circumstances there can be no public access to the hearing venue. The requirement of Canon 37:13 of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa that ‘the proceedings shall be open’ will be met virtually. Details to follow.

The prayers of the Church are asked for all involved.

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Diocese of Zululand elects new Bishop

Dr Mnculwane, centre, with Bishop Raphael Hess, left, and Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali.

At the Elective Assembly of the Diocese of Zululand, the Revd Dr Vikinduku Victor Mnculwane has been chosen as the new Bishop-elect of the Diocese.

Dr Mnculwane was elected on the first ballot in today’s session of the Assembly. Two candidates had been nominated.

Please pray for Dr Mnculwane, his family and the Diocese as they prepare for his Consecration and Installation.

Sincerely in Christ,

THE REVD DR MAKHOSI NZIMANDE
Provincial Executive Officer

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Synod of Bishops to elect Bishop of Natal

Kindly be informed that the Elective Assembly of the Diocese of Natal has not elected a Bishop at its sitting in Pietermaritzburg. As a result, the election has been delegated to the Synod of Bishops.

Sincerely in Christ,

THE REVD DR MAKHOSI NZIMANDE
Provincial Executive Officer