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Bp. David Beetge (1948-2008)

IARCCUM (Co-Chair, 2001-2008)

David Beetge was Bishop of the Highveld, South Africa, and Dean of the Province of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. Born at Witbank in October 1948, he died in Johannesburg on 27 September 2008. Beetge was ordained as a priest in 1981. He served in various churches before being made vicar general, and later bishop, of the new Diocese of South Eastern Transvaal in 1990, which from 1998 became known as the Diocese of the Highveld. Archbishop Thabo Makgoba characterised him as “an outstanding and exemplary leader of the church. In England he was remembered as an advocate of Christian unity and a champion of the poor and those living with HIV/AIDS. The then Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, said following Beetge’s death that “The Anglican church worldwide [had] lost an exceptional man, warm, intelligent, utterly dedicated, imaginative and that many had ‘lost a deeply valued friend’.” [Wikipedia]