In an historic and moving ceremony, Mr Saki Macozoma of Safika Holdings opened the newly renovated Thomas Mapikela Debating Chamber in the Graham House gardens on Wednesday evening. The Bishop of Grahamstown, the Right Reverend Ebenezer Ntlali, blessed the building and dedicated it to the memory of Thomas Mapikela.
St Andrew’s College was particularly honoured to welcome members of the Mapikela family who travelled from Bloemfontein to share in the celebration of the extraordinary life of Thomas Mapikela, who was an alumnus of the Anglican Institution in the 1880s.
Mr Macozoma gave a moving oration outlining the significance of Thomas Mapikela’s role in the establishment of the ANC, and the organisations that preceded it.
The Headmaster thanked everyone who had been involved in the project, and stressed the importance of College boys continuing to grapple with important current issues through debate and conversation, much like many of the eminent Anglican Institution alumni had done over a century ago.
The Mullins House Choir and a String Ensemble contributed to the celebratory feel of the opening, and Jonathan Moremi and Elliot Apps ended the event with Bob Marley’s iconic final composition, Redemption Song.