In the past year Mukhanyo was evaluated in various ways. It has proved to be above expectations. Just look at the following:
The annual general meeting (AGM) of member churches is expected to take place on
11 May. This will also be the day when Mukhanyo gives thanks to the Lord for 25 years of ministry as a Christian college involved in many spheres of training and mission work.
Plans for the day are still in the making. But it will be a day worthwhile participating. Work is being done on a history book about Mukhanyo’s first twenty-five years of ministry.
Time flies, people say. But looking back, one realizes that while 2018 went fast, much has happened. Please thank the Lord with us for what was accomplished last year!
The first and foremost activity at Mukhanyo has been the quality instruction received by hundreds of Bible students. God once again made it possible that the lecturers and the students were there, and that facilities, study material, administration and finances were available, and that nothing stood in the way of quality education.
There were many other developments in 2018. To mention a few:
This annual event brings together leaders and lecturers of various educational ministries to reflect on contemporary issues in Bible training within southern Africa.
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The curators of the Theological School Potchefstroom of the Reformed Churches in South Africa (RCSA) and Mukhanyo Theological College late in 2018 decided on closer cooperation. The curators will oversee RCSA students studying at Mukhanyo and such students who complete Mukhanyo’s BTh Honours will be ready for the next level of theological study in Potchefstroom.
This has already born fruit right at the start of 2019. An intensive course in the Pauline letters was held from 7 to 11 January at Mukhanyo’s new centre in Wonderboom-South, Pretoria. It was presented by Prof Risimati Hobyane of the Theological School Potchefstroom to twenty-five theological students of Mukhanyo’s Johannesburg and Pretoria centres. This course is one module of Mukhanyo’s BTh degree.
Prof Hobyane is very enthusiastic about this cooperation and has far-reaching views on where this will lead to in due course. Fact of the matter is that there is a huge shortage of ministers and other church leaders in the Reformed Churches in South Africa and beyond. A close relation and co-operation between these two institutions will benefit the Reformed Churches and also many other church communities in southern Africa.
Dr Brian DeVries, Mukhanyo’s principal, sees this growing co-operation as the result of years of hard work and good developments. He also refers to the synod of the Reformed Churches a year ago when the decision was taken to initiate the first steps in this process, the first part of which now has become a reality. He hopes that the next synod, in January 2021, will be able to already bless two years of working together of the two Reformed institutions, for God’s kingdom and to the benefit of His Church.
As from the beginning of 2019, the Pretoria Learning Centre will have moved to much larger facilities on 12thAvenue, Wonderboom South (just off De Beer Street).
The former facility, adjacent to the C R Swart High School in Waverley, had its limitations. The new location is adjacent to the local Dutch Reformed Church offices in Wonderboom South. The new facility is presently being renovated. When finished, it will have four lecture rooms, five offices and amply storage, a suitable library and computer lab, a reception area, and plenty of safe parking.
The Pretoria Learning Centre will continue to offer Mukhanyo’s Bachelor of Theology degree (both for fill-time and part-time students) and also serve as an interactive support centre for the BEd programme of North West University.
Mukhanyo has again enlarged the Academic Management team! In August the Board of Directors approved several changes to further strengthen the team in preparation for past and projected growth. Then in November, the Board of Directors approved the following two senior appointments:
Dr Japie Malan has been appointed to serve as Head of Academics at Mukhanyo as from January. He is an ordained minister in the Dutch Reformed Church and for many years has led the Adullam Mission near Secunda. In addition to a PhD in New Testament from NWU Potch, he also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. Dr Japie has already served at Mukhanyo for a number of years as Senior Lecturer and manager of the Johannesburg Learning Centre. He and his wife Annake have three married children.
Mr Marius Nel has been appointed to replace Mr Jackie Tredoux as the Head of Educational Delivery. Mr Marius comes to Mukhanyo with almost 40 years of experience in education, including more than 30 years’ experience in education management. As from April 2019, Mr Marius will be responsible for all the management and scheduling of all teaching & learning staff, including all part-time lecturers and distance learning facilitators.
Mukhanyo’s academic team now consists of the following highly qualified and experienced people who serve in their respective positions:
Dr Brian de Vries Principal
Dr Japie Malan Head of Academics
Mr Jackie Tredoux Head of Delivery
Rev Isaac Maleke Head of Students
Dr Bryson Arthur Programme Manager: Honours
Dr Willie Zeze Programme Manager: Degree
Rev Peter Manzanga Programme Manager: Diploma
Mr Jacques Malan Programme Manager: FOCUS
Dr Greg Phillips Academic Registrar
Ms Sherley DeBruin Student Records Manager
Pst Glyn Williams Distance Learning Manager
After spending nearly a million rand, the renovation and expansion project of the Johannesburg Learning Centre is mostly completed. Almost all the work will be finished before the December holidays.
We are grateful to the generous donors in South Africa and beyond who made these urgently renovations possible. These renovations are a huge difference to the facilities and create a much more functional space and atmosphere for continued growth in this location.