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September 5, 2021

in Genadendal, the first and oldest mission station in South Africa.

Genadendal Moravian Mission Station, founded in 1737

Genadendal was the place of the first Teachers’ Training College in South Africa, founded in 1838.

Genadendal has a rich spiritual history and was the first mission station in southern Africa. It was founded by George Schmidt, a German missionary of the Moravian Church, who settled on 23 April 1738 in Baviaanskloof (Ravine of the Baboons) in the Riviersonderend Valley and began to evangelise among the Khoi people – wiki

Like with Oudsthoorn, Genadendal deserves a closer look, read and research. I saw her named called out this morning, and it heralded me to highlight this forgotten mission post where 94% of Khoi people and her descendants still live. Infused with the spirit of teaching I love this old town. And I’m beckoned to open up the question “what has Mzansi done with all the old teacher’s colleges set up with coloured homeland money through the coloured administration?”

Where have all our flowers gone? Extinct, that’s what’s become of all the old colleges built by the hands of semi-freed slaves. Descendants of the Khoi people.

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