New Archbishop of Cape Town Elected

Via email:

26th September 2007

Media Statement by the Dean and Vicar General of the Province

Bishop David Beetge

Election of Bishop Thabo Makgoba

The Right Reverend Thabo Cecil Makgoba (47) presently Bishop of Grahamstown was elected as the next Archbishop of Cape Town at the Elective Assembly of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa held at the Diocesan College (Bishops) on Tuesday 25 September 2007.

Bishop Thabo is the youngest bishop to be elected to the office of Archbishop and Metropolitan in the history of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa.

The Archbishop elect will be collated on 1 January 2008 and enthroned in St. Georges Cathedral Cape Town towards the end of March 2008. He is presently on sabbatical and will be at Harvard University from the end of September 2007.

From the Independent:

Makgoba said the causes that he has a passion for were “theological education, rural development, alleviating unemployment, maternal and infant deaths”.

Makgoba is married and has two children. He was ordained in 1990 and has a masters degree in Applied and Educational Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand.

He is currently completing his doctoral studies at the University of Cape Town.

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