The Real Miracle
Once again this year the number of students are a cause for thanksgiving! All branches of Mukhanyo included, there are now some 750 higher education students.
We are very thankful for the gifted Mukhanyo team! But we are still looking for a few more people to serve in this growing missional ministry:
Pretoria Centre Manager – This position will be responsible for the high-level management and development of Mukhanyo’s growing Pretoria Learning Centre. The ideal candidate will also serve as a Senior Lecturer on the Academic Team.
Marketing Manager – This Pretoria-based position is responsible for coordinating the following: newsletters, student recruitment, event planning, donor communication, fund-raising, marketing literature, social media, etc. The ideal candidate will have experience in these areas along with a passion to serve the Lord in Christian ministry.
Records Manager – The Records Manager is responsible for managing a team of dedicated people in the Student Records department. This position, based in KwaMhlanga, manages and coordinates all administrative activities involving student admissions, registration, record-keeping, and graduations. The ideal candidate will have experience in office management and educational administration.
More information and additional vacancies are listed here.
Upgraded for Growth
After extending the KwaMhlanga campus significantly a few years ago, it was time for the Johannesburg facilities to be upgraded and the Pretoria facilities to be expanded.
Pretoria. The story of the Pretoria study centre is also a cause for thanksgiving. The state education authorities did not want the study centre to be located at the facilities of a high school. So a different venue had to be found.
The ideal place was found in a large hall adjacent to a Dutch Reformed Church in the suburbs of Wonderboom-South, even closer to the centre of Pretoria. In addition to a suitable conference centre, offices and classrooms, this church has a large secure parking area.
Mukhanyo now rents a part of the centre. The facilities had to be adjusted and renovated drastically, but today there are four lecture rooms, a library and four offices. All this was paid for with local donations.
This facility can now easily be used to teach a hundred students, with the further potential of expansion. Here marketing will also be of importance this year.
Rustenburg the New Growth Point
For years the Reformed churches as well as Mukhanyo and a few South Korean missionaries have been involved in proclaiming the Gospel in the Rustenburg region. A Mukhanyo distance learning site has been functioning and there are a number of preaching points in the region. But now Mukhanyo hopes, God willing, to be able to accelerate mission work in this region.
Rustenburg and the region, the Bojanala Platinum District, is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. With an estimated population of 550 000 in 2011, it is estimated that the number of people must be close to a million by now, including all the platinum mines and other developments in the area.
As from April, Mukhanyo has appointed a mission worker for Rustenburg, Dr Eben le Roux. His task will be to develop the Rustenburg learning site into what will be called the Rustenburg Advanced Learning Centre, which will be something in between the present learning site and a fully-fledged campus. While distance study centres have facilitators, Rustenburg will have Eben as a full-time manager, coordinator, facilitator, tutor, etc. Eben is currently busy drawing up a plan of action for the way forward, together with the different ministry partners, which include the Rustenburg Central, Rustenburg West and Koster Reformed Churches (in the form of the Visio Dei Ministry) and the Mukhanyo management.
and also implements Early Childhood Development projects. Eben is married to Phia, and God blessed them with four children.
The Rustenburg project offers huge potential to extend Mukhanyo’s activities and God willing, Eben will be able to use his knowledge and experience to the glory of God and to the benefit of the Rustenburg region.
Another Memorable Graduation
Saturday, 9 March was a joyful occasion when 64 certificate, diploma and degree students graduated, equipped as church leaders to spread God’s Word in their communities in South Africa and beyond.
During the graduation ceremony, the students dressed in black gowns, square academic caps and black and dark green neckbands, were addressed respectively by Principal Dr B. de Vries, Rev P. Manzanga and Dr L. Netshitomboni, the Chairperson of the Mukhanyo Board. Referring to the parable of the Talents, the Principal greeted the students with a “well done good and faithful servants” (Matthew 25). Rev Manzanga reminded the students about Jesus’ instruction to Peter to feed and care for the sheep (John 21). Dr Netshitomboni asked the attention of the students to worrying developments in today’s South African society.
What made it even more of a special event is that it was in 2019 – Mukhanyo’s 25th anniversary. For 25 years the college has been teaching many hundreds of students, both new and experienced church leaders. Through them Mukhanyo is reaching thousands of people, to tell the world about our great God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Thousands of people in southern Africa are learning about God’s great deeds and saving grace, and how to honour and please Him in the way He expects of His children.
This day was the first in a number of commemoration events to thank God that He has blessed Mukhanyo and made it grow and develop in many ways. The next major event will be Mukhanyo’s annual meeting on Saturday 11 May, which will be held in KwaMhlanga.