Celebrating 125 Years of Christian Education

Celebrating 125 Years of Christian Education

Helderberg College of Higher Education (HCHE) has an unusually proud heritage. The College started out in 1893 with a humble establishment named Claremont Union College, in Cape Town. It changed its location twice before settling at its current location on the slopes of Helderberg Mountains, just outside Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa. This makes it the oldest Seventh-day Adventist College on the continent of Africa.
In celebrating its 125 years of Christian education, a variety of events have been planned for 2018. So far, to celebrate this milestone, the College has celebrated their Founder’s Day on 2nd February 2018, unveiled their new amended name, Helderberg College of Higher Education, a Community Engagement day in Sir Lowry’s Pass in Somerset West, and most recently a weekend of celebration with guest speakers that included Dr Irvin Khoza, Chairperson of Orland Pirates, Mr Mahlubi Mabizela from the Department of Higher Education and Training, Pr Dave Allen, Vice-President of Administration at the Oregon Conference, and Pr Gideon Reyneke, Executive Secretary of the Southern Indian Ocean Division. The weekend celebration was certainly a highlight for the year, attracting the local community to the campus to learn more about and celebrate this milestone with this incredible institution.
Dr Irvin Khoza, Chairperson of the South African Premier League (PSL) is the man who, among other achievements, has been honoured for his contribution towards development and transformation of the game of soccer in South Africa. He was one of the keynote speakers for the Friday morning programme, where students and alumni contributed to the celebration in song and testimony. Among the guests at this celebratory event were Southern African Union officers and directors: Dr David Spencer, Dr Gerald du Preez, Pr Trevor Kunene and Mr Eric Odendaal, and Pr Peter Maligudu. Representing the Southern African Indian Ocean Division was Dr Mozecie Kadyakapita.

Throughout the weekend, through the music, the sermons, and through the baptisms, the importance of Christian education was highlighted, and the impact made on past students and friends of Helderberg College of Higher Education was certainly felt. An institution with a rich heritage was well celebrated, honouring the pioneers, staff and students for their dedication and contributions.

The College looks forward to upcoming Academic Research Conference in celebration of 125 years of Christian Education. This event takes place 23-25 August 2018. For more information, please contact Dr Adrian Platts (plattsa@hbc.ac.za), Dr Simba Musvosvi (musvosvis@hbc.ac.za) or Pr Leander Chalice (chalicel@hbc.ac.za).

All Helderberg College of Higher Education academic programmes are fully accredited by the Council of Higher Education and the institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training. Helderberg College of Higher Education is part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world’s second largest Christian school system. The College prides itself in its research center, known as the Ellen G. White Center.

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