This media release from the meeting of Provincial Synod was issued on 1 October 2013
Anglican Church Gives Award to Saki Macozoma
The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has given its highest award for lay members of the church to business leader and philanthropist, Saki Macozoma. It hailed the Chairman of Liberty Holdings, Deputy Chairman of Standard Bank and former President of Business Leadership South Africa, as ‘truly umntu wabantu’.
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town admitted Mr Macozoma to the Order of Simon Cyrene at a meeting of the church’s Provincial Synod in Benoni today.
In its citation for the award, the church recorded his lifelong membership of the Anglican Church, his time on Robben Island, and his service to the South African Council of Churches, as well as his more recent career, both in the ANC and Parliament, and subsequently in the private sector. It also highlighted his support for a breadth of social causes, as well as chairing the Council of Higher Education, and the Councils of Wits University and Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Also admitted to the Order of Simon of Cyrene was Mrs Gail Allen, in recognition of more than a quarter of a century working for the Church’s central structure, including, said Archbishop Makgoba, ‘ensuring the smooth running of more Synods than we can count’.
In his Address to Provincial Synod, the Archbishop, in referring to these awards, noted that people may be called to serve God in many ways, from ‘faithful service in the structures of the church’ through to being ‘salt and light in the highest echelons of our country’s movers and shakers’.
Issued by the Office of the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town
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