Farewell and Welcome
Dr Gerrit Heino who served on Mukhanyo’s team for nearly six years, has now retired and plans to return to the Netherlands. He was sent to Mukhanyo by the Dutch Gereformeerde Zendings Bond as well as his church and Driestar Christian University for Teacher Education. His term was supposed to be for four years but was extended to six, during which time he developed study guides for four Christian Teacher modules.
Over and above authoring these modules, Gerrit also lectured in theology at the diploma and degree levels, served at the Pretoria Campus, and was the programme manager of Mukhanyo’s School of Education. Back home with his wife, Gerrit hopes to remain involved with some of Mukhanyo’s education programmes, inducing the development of more education modules.
Mr Japie Venter, has been employed to fill Gerrit’s place. Japie, now 59 years old, retired at the end of 2021 as headmaster of the Jopie Fourie Primary School in Pretoria. His qualifications include a BA and BEd (Biblical Studies and Education) as well as a Diploma in Education. He has been a teacher for 33 years, with the last 23 years as headmaster.
Japie will assist the Academic Dean with the coordination and development of Mukhanyo’s lecturing staff. He will also lecture Christian Education for second-year students, be responsible for liaison with North-West University for the facilitated education qualification, and be involved with the marketing of Mukhanyo in general.
As we say goodbye to Gerrit Heino, we thank the Lord for his faithful years of service on the Mukhanyo team. We also welcome Japie Venter to the team grateful to God for the gifts He continues to bring into the Mukhanyo family.