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Church  Anglican
Name  Thabo Makgoba
Consecration  2002
Successor  incumbent
Ordination  1990

In office  2007 – present
Predecessor  Njongonkulu Ndungane
See  Cape Town
Role  Archbishop of Cape Town
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Born  15 December 1960 (age 54) Johannesburg (1960-12-15)
Education  University of the Witwatersrand

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Thabo Cecil Makgoba (born 15 December 1960) is the South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town. He had served in the past as Bishop of Grahamstown. In 2008 he was awarded the Cross of St Augustine, the second highest international award for outstanding service to the Anglican Communion, by the Archbishop of Canterbury.


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He graduated from Orlando High, Soweto, and took a BSc at Wits before going to St Paul's College, Grahamstown to study for the Anglican ministry. He married the daughter of Cecil Manona, Lungelwa Manona. Since then he has obtained a Masters in Educational Psychology at Wits, where he also lectured part-time from 1993 to 1996. He was made Bishop of Queenstown (Suffragan Bishop of Grahamstown) on 25 May 2002 and became Bishop of Grahamstown in 2004. Until he moved to the Diocese of Grahamstown as bishop suffragan, Makgoba's ministry had been spent in the Diocese of Johannesburg, first as a curate at the cathedral and then as Wits' chaplain. After that he was put in charge of St Alban's Church and later of Christ the King, Sophiatown. He became Archdeacon of Sophiatown in 1999. He became Archbishop of Cape Town on 31 December 2007, the youngest person ever to be elected to this position. He is a Procter Fellow (2008) from the Episcopal Divinity School in the United States.

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He holds four honorary doctorates in divinity, from the General Theological Seminary (2009) and Huron University College ( 2013). Sewanee (University of the South) (2015) ] Honorary doctorate in Literature from Witwatersrand Unviversity (WITS) (2016) Received the Chancellor's medal University of Pretoria (2015). He is currently the Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape (2012).

He also graduated with a PhD from the University of Cape Town in December 2009. {Thesis on:Workplace Spirituality}. He was awarded the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship to study for his PhD. An Adjunct Professor at GSB(UCT) Allan Gray School for Values.


He believes that ‘We must each ask, "Who is my neighbour?" and then treat every individual and our whole global community in ways that uphold the sanctity of life, the dignity of humanity in all our differences, and the integrity of creation. These are our touchstones as we follow God’s call for social justice here and now.’

Makgoba subscribes to the orthodox Anglican stance on homosexuality, but admits that he is open to discussions on the matter. The Anglican Diocese of Cape Town, after a Synod held in Cape Town, on 20–22 August 2009, passed a resolution calling the Anglican Church in Southern Africa bishops to give pastoral guidelines for homosexual couples living in "covenanted partnerships". At the same time, it was approved an amendment for the resolution which provided that the guidelines "due regard of the mind of the Anglican Communion." Makgoba stated that the resolution was "an important first step to saying: 'Lord, how do we do ministry in this context?' I'm a developmental person. I don't believe in big bangs. If you throw a little pebble into water, it sends out concentric circles and hopefully that way change comes from that." He also said that "South Africa has laws that approve a civil union in this context, but not in the other countries within our province. In central Africa and north Africa, both the Anglican Church and the state say 'no'" and "The reason for this resolution was because we have these parishioners, and the law provides for them to be in that state, so how do we pastorally respond to that?"

In 2016 Makgoba stated he was "pained" after a church synod rejected a proposal to allow bishops to licence gay and lesbian clergy who are in same sex civil marriages to minister in parishes and rejected a motion to provide for prayers of blessing to be offered for those in same sex civil marriages. After the synod, which covered churches from Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, St Helena and Swaziland, Makgoba advised "our lesbian and gay sisters and brothers: I was deeply pained by the outcome of the debate".

Political statements

Like his predecessors, he has used his position to make political statements about current affairs. In October 2009, he supported Bishop Rubin Phillip's condemnation of the violence at Kennedy Road informal settlement in which a local militia "acted with the support of the local ANC structures".


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