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March 25, 2013

Thembekile Cybele Zondi – Inanda Seminary

Thembekile Cybele Zondi was a teacher at the Inanda Seminary from 1954-1982. Click here: TC Zondi

Interviewed by Meghan Elisabeth Healy. This is part of the Inanda Seminary Oral History Project (http://scholar.harvard.edu/mehealy/) in preparation for Healy’s book A World of Their Own: A History of South African Women’s Education (UKZN Press).

For more information on certain public icons, organizations, events or places mentioned in this interview click on one of the links below:

Inkamana College

Bantu Education – South African History Online

United Church Board for World Missions

The American Board of Missions

 

March 25, 2013

Carohn Cornell – Inanda Seminary

Carohn Cornell was a teacher at Inanda Seminary from 1968-1970. Click here: Cornell

Interviewed by Meghan Elisabeth Healy. This is part of the Inanda Seminary Oral History Project (http://scholar.harvard.edu/mehealy/) in preparation for Healy’s book A World of Their Own: A History of South African Women’s Education (UKZN Press).

For further information on public figures,  events or places mentioned in this interview click on one of the following links:

Bantu Education – South African History Online

Ekupakhameni and Shembe – Ulwazi Programme

The Phoenix Settlement – Ulwazi Programme

Dr. Gumede – Pictures

AWG Champion – Ulwazi Programme

Albert Luthuli – South African History Online

Dimitri Tsafendas – South African History Online

Verwoerd – South African History Online

Grey Street Shops – Ulwazi Programme

Robben Island – South African History Online

KwaZulu Homeland – South African History Online

 

March 25, 2013

Mabel Christofersen – Inanda Seminary

Mabel Christofersen was a teacher at Inanda Seminary from 1946-1980. Click here: Christofersen

Interviewed by Meghan Elisabeth Healy. This is part of the Inanda Seminary Oral History Project (http://scholar.harvard.edu/mehealy/) in preparation for Healy’s book A World of Their Own: A History of South African Women’s Education (UKZN Press).

March 22, 2013

Roger Aylard – Inanda Seminary

Roger Aylard was a teacher at Inanda Seminary from 1968-1970 and principal from 1970-1973. Click here: Aylard

Interviewed by Meghan Elisabeth Healy. This is part of the Inanda Seminary Oral History Project (http://scholar.harvard.edu/mehealy/) in preparation for Healy’s book A World of Their Own: A History of South African Women’s Education (UKZN Press).

For more information on some of the public  icons, historic events and places mentioned in the interview click on one of the following links:

The United Church Board for World Ministries

Allepo College Syria – Wikipedia

Bantu Education – South African History Online

Steve Biko – South African History Online

Barney Pityana – South African History Online

The Phoenix Settlement

Alan Paton – South African History Online  

Edgar Brookes – South African History Online  

Mangosuthu Buthelezi –  South African History Online  

March 22, 2013

Karen Roy-Guglielmi – Inanda Seminary

Karen Roy-Guglielmi was a teacher at Inanda Seminary from 1980-1985. Click here: Roy

Interviewed by Meghan Elisabeth Healy. This is part of the Inanda Seminary Oral History Project (http://scholar.harvard.edu/mehealy/) in preparation for Healy’s book A World of Their Own: A History of South African Women’s Education (UKZN Press).

For further information on some of the organizations mentioned in the interview click on one of the links below:

Mass Maritime Academy

Board of World Ministries

American Board Mission (Paper by Rev. Scott Couper)

 

February 7, 2013

Bophela family of Inanda Mission

The headstones at the Inanda Seminary Cemetery indicate that Mbila (the son of Batshazwayo) and his wife Nomanxiwa KaGolokoqo Cele were 88 and83 years old respectively when they died. Already in the mid-nineteenth century, they were already members of local church. One of the sons of Mbila was Blanjan Mhlathini who died in 1963. His sons Oscar and Pascoe Simo are the subjects of this report. Both became prominent members of both church and community.

O.K Bophela

Oscar (Popular known as O.K) became a teacher of tailoring at Ohlange Institute. When he retired, he became a businessman serving the community throughout his life. Also his name on the commemorative plaque outside the church confirms that he became a deacon and prominent member of the church. He and his wife lie buried at the local cemetery.

P.S Bophela

Pascoe Simo (Popular known amongst his colleagues as PSB) was the younger (and only) brother of O.K. His wife, Grace Ntonjana was a member of another well-known family, the Mfeka’s of Emachobeni. Both became school teachers. After graduating with a B.A  at Fort Hare, Pascoe taught at Mpolweni and then moved to Adams College. He established his reputation as a good teacher of Maths and Science, working together with such great names as Mthimkhulu, Moerane, Mtshali and Ngobese.

In 1948 Pascoe returned to his home and community at Inanda Mission and taught at Ohlange Institute where he became acting headmaster until 1960. When he left for Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) where he taught at Mount Selinda and Chikore both secondary schools both run by American Board Mission (UCCSA). In 1992 Pascoe returned to Inanda at the advent of democracy in South Africa. He died in 1994 leaving behind four sons who are still alive and a daughter who is late. He was buried by UCCSA and his community of Inanda and likes, like his forebears, at the cemetery at Inanda Seminary.

What conclusion can be drawn from this brief narrative?

  • The Bophela (Bopela) family ranks amongst the Ngcobo, Goba, Ngidi, Mfeka, and Nxumalo as one of the first families to form the community of what today Inanda Mission.
  • They accepted Christianity early and played a prominent role in all aspects of the church and mission congregants and deacons.
  • They became prominent in business- O.K Bophela and P.S Bophela established Mtshazi cash store in KwaNgolosi and O.K ran school view cash store and education.

Written by Vusumuzi N Bopela in January 2013 (collected by Xolani Magwaza)

For more information on some of the organizations or institutions mentioned in this post click on one of the links below:

University of Fort Hare

Adams College

American Board Mission

United Congregational Church of Southern Africa