Anglican Diocese of Cape Town


 A diverse and vibrant Anglican family on the Southern tip of the African continent

Our unity in word and sacrament creates a dynamic community seeking to be ‘agents of change’ and ‘heralds of the kingdom’.
We gather around this our statement of intent.




 To be a community rooted in the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ, which brings God’s healing, wholeness and hope to a broken and wounded world, with joy and compassion. 
Remembering that as a diocese we are on a “JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS 
Transformation & Renewal: Seeking renewal and transformation as Anglicans, together with the wider church. 
Our Values: Upholding God’s vision of society, for community, sharing and relationships, with integrity.
Welcome: Welcoming all, especially the lost and outcast.
 Healing: Promoting ministries which seek to bring healing      
 Others: Celebrating our diversity and differences.
  Liturgy and Worship:  Exploring our different expressions of joyful and glorious worship. 
                               Evangelism:  Leading people of all ages to a personal encounter with the crucified, risen and ascended Lord.
       New Roles:  Releasing bishops, clergy and people into inspired leadership roles and responsibilities.
Education & Training:  Equipping and nurturing our people for ministry and discipleship. 
 Stewardship: Building accountability for the stewardship of all our resources and committing ourselves to responsible giving. 
 Spirit-led: Being rooted in the Holy Spirit through prayer, to transform our lives and our communities.



Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Pastoral Letter concerning Easter and Covid-19

Dear People of God
With Easter approaching and scientists and government officials in South Africa warning against a "third wave" of coronavirus, our Covid-19 Provincial Advisory Team and I are anxious that the Church at all levels should be extra-cautious to keep every member of our congregations safe over the next few weeks.
In consequence, I want to draw your specific attention to the revised and updated coronavirus guidelines the Advisory Team issued on March 18, and in particular the supplementary guidelines issued on March 24 on funerals in cases of Covid-19 related deaths. Please read them carefully and implement them strictly.
In addition, on the advice of the Advisory Team, Maundy Thursday services must be kept to a one-hour maximum and foot-washing in any form is NOT permitted. Foot-washing cannot be performed under health protocols, since we would not be maintaining social distance, we would be breaking the prohibition on touching and we would increase the possibility of droplet spread because of the proximity of others and the time washing takes.
These matters, especially concerning funerals, are sensitive for our people and we are conscious that clergy, in particular, have a hard time explaining them to grieving families. But we have no choice if we are to prevent our people from falling ill and dying. You should feel free to invoke my authority in enforcing the restrictions.
A blessed Holy Week and a joyous Easter to you.
†† Thabo Cape Town
Update: Since this letter was issued, Bishops have pointed out that families may want to use elements of the Maundy Thursday evening service at home, see Anglican Prayer Book pages 183-186.


New Safe Church update on the Revd June Major


Statement regarding progress in the investigation of the alleged rape of Reverend June Major as reported to Safe and Inclusive Church

The report of the Board of Preliminary Enquiry finds there is a case to answer.

The Board of Preliminary Enquiry (BPE) appointed by the Anglican Church of South Africa (ACSA) to investigate the alleged rape of the Reverend June Dolley-Major by the Reverend Melvin Booysen has established there is a case to answer.

The case will be heard by a Diocesan Tribunal in public sessions as set out in Church law (Canons) in around mid-May 2021, in order to allow for the confirmation of the lay and clerical members of the tribunal by Rev Major and Rev Booysen. The Archbishop has appointed as President of the Tribunal one of the retired Bishops of the Church, Bishop Emeritus Peter Lee.

As soon as the tribunal date has been confirmed, the ACSA will publish its date and venue and joining instructions in line with the prevailing COVID-19 restrictions. An option to join the tribunal virtually will also be made available.

At the end of the hearings, the tribunal will issue a judgement within 21 days. The judgement may be the subject of a further appeal. By choosing to pursue the case under Church law (Canons) this does not prevent either Rev Dolley-Major or Rev Booysen from pursuing this matter in the criminal courts in the future, if they wish to do so.

For further details of the process followed to date by the ACSA please see our media statement of 24 March 2021 which can be viewed here.

We assure all of those involved on both sides of this case of our prayers, pastoral support and long-standing commitment as we seek guidance and truth in this matter.

We will continue to communicate progress on this matter.




Diocesan prayers for parishes May 2021
















Diocese of Cape Town

1 Braehead Road, Kenilworth, 7708

Telephone: +27 21 469 3760

Fax: +27 21 465 1571

Contact: Ilda Manuel Chachine    




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