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Thabo Makgoba
Denomination Anglican
Senior posting
See Cape Town
Title Archbishop of Cape Town, Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa
Period in office 2007 – present
Consecration 2003
Predecessor Njongonkulu Ndungane
Successor incumbent
Religious career
Priestly ordination 1991
Previous bishoprics Bishop of Grahamstown
Previous post Bishop
Date of birth 1960
Place of birth Makgoba Kloof, Limpopo, South Africa

The Most Reverend Thabo Cecil Makgoba (born 15 December 1960)[1] is the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town. He had served in the past as Bishop of Grahamstown.


He matriculated at Orlando High, Soweto, and took a BSc at Wits before going to St Paul's College in Grahamstown to study for the Anglican ministry. He married the daughter of a Rhodes University lecturer Lungi Manona. Since then Bishop Thabo has obtained a Masters in Educational Psychology, at Wits, where he also lectured part-time from 1993 to 1996.[1] He was made Bishop of Queenstown (Suffragan Bishop of Grahamstown) on 25 May 2002, and became Bishop of Grahamstown in 2004. Until he moved to the Diocese of Grahamstown as Bishop Suffragan, Thabo Makgoba's ministry had been spent in the Diocese of Johannesburg, first as a curate at the Cathedral, and then as Wits chaplain. After that he was put in charge of St Alban's Church and later of Christ the King, Sophiatown. He became Archdeacon of Sophiatown in 1999. He became Archbishop of Cape Town on 31 December 2007, the youngest person ever to be elected to this position[2]

He received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the General Theological Seminary in 2009[2]


He believes that ‘We must each ask, “Who is my neighbour?” and then treat every individual and our whole global community in ways that uphold the sanctity of life, the dignity of humanity in all our differences, and the integrity of creation. These are our touchstones as we follow God’s call for social justice here and now.’[3]

Political statements

Like his predecessors, the Archbishop has used his position to make political statements about current affairs. In October 2009, the Archbishop supported Bishop Rubin Phillip's condemnation of the violence at Kennedy Road informal settlement in which a local militia "acted with the support of the local ANC structures".[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 “CAPE TOWN, Archbishop of,” in Who's Who 2009 (London: A & C Black, 2008); online ed., (Oxford: OUP, 2008), (accessed January 4, 2009)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Honorary Degree List at GTS May 2009
  3. Posting by Thabo Makgoba 22-May-2009
  4. The Archbishop of Cape Town Speaks Out Thabo Makgoba 01-Oct-2009
Preceded by
Njongonkulu Ndungane
Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town
Thabo Makgoba
Succeeded by

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