Arras Goba was an Architect. He studied at Adams College. He builds people’s houses, schools (eZimpondweni and Thafamas) and hospitals such as McCord Zulu Hospital. However his big job was working for the Inanda mission. Arras was a mission builder. Arras built many of United Congregational Church of South Africa ( UCCSA) church buildings around KwaZulu Natal, in areas such as eMpaphala. He did not only just build houses but he also inspired other African people to be architects such as Helda Mthembu and David Mbili who became his co-builders. He built houses for Inanda famous people such as Rogers Engcobo, James Mbili and Phinias Ndlovu.
According to his son David Goba, his father was a strict man. However they had moments that they cherished as a family about him that they will never forget. He loved the bicycle. Arras rodes the bicycle when he was going to work. Afternoon he will hoot on his way back home calling his children so that he can lift them and they really enjoyed it.
Source: An interview by Xolani Magwaza with Mr David Goba on 15 January 2013
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