Helderberg College Celebrates 120th Anniversary
Helderberg College, a Seventh-day Adventist tertiary school located near Cape Town, South Africa, celebrated its 120-year milestone on December 5, 2013. Attending dignitaries included Hudson Kibuuka, associate director of Education for the General Conference; Tankiso Letseli, president of the Southern Africa Union Conference (SAU); Gerald T. Du Preez, SAU Education director; and Kenny K. Kapinga, high commissioner of the Botswana High Commission.
The event focused on the hard work and sacrifice of those who originally established the institution, as well as the need for current administrators, staff, students, and others involved with Helderberg College to recommit themselves to the mission of the school. That mission, school officials say, entails training young adults to competently serve in various careers in society as well as preparing them to live with Jesus throughout eternity.
Just as Noah preached for 120 years, so has Helderberg College been preparing ministers and youth to proclaim the love of God for humanity, said college president Vincent R. Injety as he welcomed attendees to the event. He added that Christian education should help to positively change and develop Adventist churches and the environment, as well as prepare youth for whatever life challenges they may encounter.
“An organization, church, or society should not suffer nor lack development as a result of the high quality education offered by an institution such as Helderberg College for more than a century,” Injety said.
In a congratulatory message to the council, staff, and students, General Conference president Ted N. C. Wilson said of the college, “A major objective was to make religion a personal experience in the life of each student—a practical religion which finds expression in the standards of conduct, attitudes, and ideals and in the development of individual responsibility for the betterment of mankind.”
The event included a video presentation depicting the history of the college, a musical program, and a short play highlighting the college’s accomplishments despite the social, political, and economic challenges it has faced in the region.
The 120-year celebration was followed by an Alumni and Friends of Helderberg fund-raising dinner.
To learn more about Helderberg College, go to www.hbc.ac.za.—Information provided by Pumelele Nzeuza, Development and Fundraising, Helderberg College.
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