Reunion

Students from the 1960s gathered at the Bible Institute of South Africa to mark its 50th anniversary.

The Bible Institute of South Africa (BISA), in Kalk Bay, hosted a 50-year reunion of students who graduated in the 1960s. The Saturday October 22 reunion was organised by Pretoria past student Hedley Stead, engineer turned Bible publisher. On the day, 44 students and spouses came to campus for a day of nostalgia, story swopping, a hearty lunch and lots of tea and cake. Some travelled from Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape to attend. BSA principal Daniel Simango and vice-principal Gideon Beukes met every past student and enjoyed hearing stories of what they had been doing with their theological training over the years. Although retired, all the guests were active in their own churches, some of them having spent a lifetime of Christian service in remote areas of Africa and Asia. The Bible Institute was founded in 1923. Sun Valley resident Margaret Gordon, widow of the College’s principal in the 1960s and now over 90 years old, was the guest of honour. Current students in their teens and 20s made sure that the day, the music and the decor were memorable for the visitors, despite the gap in decades.